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Is the Almighty Racist?
Before we go into the lesson, please check out these other articles as well as the video that goes over some other racial doctrines and exposed them:
The teaching that Europeans are the real 12 Tribes British Israelism (Anglo-Israelism) Debunked
The teaching that Obadiah is a future prophecy and applies to a certain race of today (white people, Jews, etc). Who Is Esau: The Book of Obadiah
I also encourage you to check out this video, where 119 Ministries exposes the Serpent Seed doctrine, which teaches that Eve had sex with the serpent (or Devil), and that Cain was the son of Eve and the devil. Their descendants are painted as many different races by these racist teachers.
Testing the Serpent Seed Doctrine
Welcome. Today we are going to cover a heavy topic; is the Almighty racist? I'm doing this for three reasons; a stereotype about Torah keepers who believe in the New Testament like myself are falsely associated with racial groups such as the ones mentioned above in the beginning. This makes us look as if we have an agenda to persecute and condemn others based on their skin color or lineage. Also, racial theology severely twists scripture and makes any real attempts to discover the 12 Tribes and where they might have gone look as if they are false as well. And finally, often times these doctrines are used to say that a certain race or races are cut off from salvation, and that's false. With that being said, let's go over a few of the arguments used.
Now, people have their own definitions of racist, such as believing it only means having love for your race first or that it only means racial pride. For the sake of this argument, we will be using this definition; hatred and/or persecution based on skin color and/or ancestry.
1. Replacement Theology
Replacement Theology is a key factor in this doctrine. either someone teaches it and says their race or other races replaces the 12 Tribes, or they teach that it is false. It is false, but their method of using it is misused. They use the truth to tell a lie, which we will go over.
Those who do believe it will often use the excuse that the Savior died for the 12 Tribes, and that he didn't replace his people or cast them away. But when this is given out alongside the erroneous idea that whites or blacks are the real Jews, it can become misunderstood or rejected. This is elevated to the idea that by this logic, only those who stem from the 12 Tribes can worship the Almighty and serve him which I will debunk at the end.
2. Above All Nations
Deuteronomy 7 6 says that Yisrael "art an holy people" and chosen "to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth."
"See? He said we're above everyone else. He only loves us." Yes, the 12 Tribes were held in higher regard compared to everyone else. Let's read a few more verses from the same chapter.
- "Elohim did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:"
- But because Elohim loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath Elohim brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
So he didn't love them just because of their race. He loved them because of the promise he gave to them, and because they kept his commandments. That was the covenant made with Abraham and his descendants (Deuteronomy 28 1-14). It was not just because of their race.
Psalm 147: 19-20. "See? He only deals with the 12 Tribes," some might say. As we will see at the end, that is false. But in regards to this verse, context must be taken. By this time all the other nations pursued their own gods and religions, so of course he would not deal with them especially when he never promised another covenant with them save for the one in Genesis to not flood the Earth again.
It was also not racist in the sense that they are the only ones deserving of human rights. The Almighty's law apply to all of creation, and everyone should follow them. Exodus 22 21, Leviticus 19 33, and Deuteronomy 24 14 talk about how to treat foreigners.
3. 12 Tribe Foreigners
Attempts have been made to say some notable "gentile" characters in scripture as being descent from the 12 Tribes and only called gentile because of their location. Now, I'm not going to touch on this because sometimes they are right and do actually put up an argument. But like how they use Replacement Theology, they insert their own falsehoods as well.
4. He Hates the Other Nations
These two verses are used to say that the Almighty hates the other nations because of their race.
Isaiah 40 15-17
- "Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing."
- "And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering."
- "All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity."
2 Esdras 6 54 (Note: I am not affirming or condemning this Apocryphal book since I don't know if it is canon or not).
- "As for the other people, which also come of Adam, thou hast said that they are nothing, but be like unto spittle: and hast likened the abundance of them unto a drop that falleth from a vessel. "
First, let's examine the context of Isaiah 40 15-17. Read verses 13-14. Isaiah is asking a rhetorical question; who tells the Almighty what to do? Who guides him? The answer is no one. Apply this with the next three verses and it will make more sense, but let's go on. Verses 18-22. It asks, what can compare to the Almighty? It also says that graven images adorned with silver and gold and other idols are made, yet the Almighty is the one who, "sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers;" He stretches the heavens as if they were a curtain and spreads them like a tent.
Such a comparison makes what he does sound simple, but it is not. It compares the heavens with curtains to him, but to us the heavens are a gigantic realm. Yet he looks down and compares it to such a small thing. So what verses 15-17 are saying is that in comparison of power and knowledge, ALL the inhabitants of the planet are nothing compared to him. This is about comparing him with others. Nothing is as powerful or knowledgeable as the Almighty.
Now let's go to 2 Esdras. Who is speaking? Esdras, or more commonly known as Ezra. He takes into accounts the return from Babylon, and was there in the Babylonian exile. In the same chapter he goes on about how these heathen who are counted as less than nothing are ruling over them. They're less than nothing because of their actions, not race.
With that being said, let's ask ourselves the million dollar question;
Does the Almighty Hate People?
What you're going to find out is that the idea of "God loves he sinner and hates the sin" is not found in scripture. In fact, there are times where the Almighty does say he hates people.
Psalm 5 5-6
- "The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity."
- "Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: Elohim will abhor the bloody and deceitful man."
So we see that he hates those who continuously do evil and do not repent. Now, did he hate the other nations? Yes. He did hate the other nations. But why? The answer for this can be found in Leviticus 20:23
- "And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them."
So the other nations are hated for this reason. Not because of their skin color, race, lineage, or anything else that cannot be helped. It is because of their sins. It says he hated them because of the things they did. If they were hated for committing these evil acts, would they not be loved if they did not do them or repent? The 12 Tribes were not to associate with such wickedness. And just to further conclude my point; nation doesn't always equal race. Yes, these nations came from and were named after their ancestor from Ham, Shem, or Japheth, but that doesn't mean only they occupied that land. For example, an Ishmaelite (descendant of Ishmael, Abraham's son) living in Kittim (son of Javan, the son of Japheth) is still racially an Ishmaelite, but he is a Kittimite by citizenship. Given that some of these nations may have had other people in their land, we can't conclude that it was solely based on race, but their actions as a nation.
Let's get some more information. Read Deuteronomy 7 1-4. What does it say? Why can't they make covenants and intermarriages with these people? Because they will turn away their children from following the Almighty and follow false religions. This will in turn cause the Almighty to be angry with them. Notice how it doesn't say, "For they are not of Isaac", or, "For they are a different kind". It says the sole reason is because of their beliefs.
Deuteronomy 23 3-5 proves my point. No Ammonite or Moabite (descendants of Abraham's nephewLot which means they do not come from Yisrael) shall enter into the congregation of Elohim. Why? Because they did not meet the 12 Tribes with kindness and supplies as they came out of Egypt. They also hired the wicked prophet Balaam to curse them. It was not because of race, skin color, or lineage. To say so is twisting scripture and to add one's own doctrine to it.
With a few key points in Genesis, we will debunk these doctrines.And keep this in mind as well; Malachi 3 6 says the Almighty does not change. So if we see proof that he can deal with the other nations, then there should be no reason to think otherwise.
- All human beings are created in his image (Genesis 1:26-27). Eve is the mother of all of humanity (Genesis 3 20). Cain and Abel were not of the 12 Tribes. Yet it is implied that both of them, not just one of them, have the capacity to do good (Genesis 4 7). We must also remember that in Genesis 6, he punished all of humanity based on their sins and spared Noah because he was righteous.
- Blessings and instructions are given to Noah's sons, who are the progenitors of humanity (Genesis 9) (click here and scroll down near the end for more info on these instructions). We know that some of these nations eventually went on to rebel and follow false doctrines, but originally they did not. It'd be foolish to think Japheth, Ham, and their families were worshiping other deities at the time of being on the ark since they were blessed and the Almighty spoke to them and that Noah and Shem's families were the only ones who believed. And nothing says that these same people cannot repent.
- Sodom and Gomorrah, a nation not from the 12 Tribes, was destroyed for their sins (Genesis 18 20)
I hope this helps anyone looking to find scriptural truth and to debunk these false doctrines. Yes, the Almighty focused primarily on one nation of people. Yes, he hated the other nations. But all of it had to do with good and evil, not race or skin color. These things are not needed for salvation. So if you come across someone who says, "Oh you're of this race so you cannot find the truth", show them this. No matter who you are, I encourage you to follow the Almighty and keep his laws, statutes, and commandments as the Savior did.
Peace and blessings, and all praises to the Most High.