Is God 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 the Africans are the real 12 Tribes Hebrew Israelites: Is It Scriptural?
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 the 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 replace 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 Israel is holy and special unto the almighty above everyone else. They might say, "See? He said we're above everyone else. He only loves us." It is true that the 12 Tribes were held in higher regard compared to everyone else. When we read verses 7-8 we see that he didn't love them just because of their race. He loved them because of the promise he gave to them, and they kept his commandments because of their love for him. That was the covenant made with Abraham and his descendants (Deuteronomy 28 1-14). It was not just because of their race. To say that it is because of our race completely undermines the fact that the Most High has a perfect moral compass because it places morality on a race, not a stagnant and supernatural idea. Might I also add that technically speaking Abraham is a Gentile. The word Gentile just means nation so even Israelites are Gentiles, but the word is also used to describe someone who is not of Israelite descent, yet Abraham, a man from Ur of the Chaldees, worshipped the Almighty. Who is to say other Shemites cannot do the same? What about Japheth and Ham's children? Show me a scripture that specifically says they cannot repent. And showing scriptures that say Israel will be saved does not prove it. By that logic, the Messiah's atonement would not work for Noah, Abraham, or Isaac if those men were still alive. And keep in mind that in Genesis 18 1-8, Abraham bowed before the messengers before he even knew who they were and gave them food, drink, and acted very hospitable to them.
And also remember how God was kind to Hagai and Ishmael in Genesis 16 11-12 even when the angel says that he would eventually be a wild man and against his brothers. We know that when he said, "My Lord" he was not talking about God. In the KJV, the word lord is always in all capitals when it is God, and in lower case or only the L is capitalized. When talking about God, "lord" is yhvh/yhwh, what is believed to be God's name, which I will be doing an article on this subject someday. But when it is not, the word adonai is used, which can be used when referencing God but it can also be used to reference to other beings, making it similar to the word elohim. This too can be used in different ways. Lord is calling someone master, and elohim means a higher up. And we have no reason to think that he thought the messenger to be God, which would be strange to see in this monotheistic scenario even if you are a trinitarian. And further evidence is shown that Abraham did not think this was God due to the fact that nothing implies that he thought this was God, and even if these men were angels Abraham does not seem to think so at least upon first seeing them. Angels come in the form of men. To him, they were just humans like you and me.
My lord.—Heb. ‘donai, a term of simple respect, just as the bowing towards the earth is exactly what an Arab sheik would do now to a passing traveller. Abraham’s conduct is marked by all that stately courtesy usual among Orientals. He calls himself their slave: regards it as a favour that they should partake of his hospitality; speaks slightingly of the repast prepared as a mere morsel of bread; and treats it as a providential act that they had come into his neighbourhood.— Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers
Some also might read Psalm 147 19-20 and say, "See? He only deals with the 12 Tribes," some might say. But in regards to this verse, context must be taken. By this time all the other nations pursued their own gods, 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. Besides, we are dealing with nations of people. Our ancestors have been all over the world by this point so it is safe to say that we can't go by skin color and immediate relations even if you think you are not a mixed person.
It was also not racist in the sense that they are the only ones deserving of human rights. The Almighty's law applies to all of creation, and everyone should follow them. Exodus 22 21, Leviticus 19 33, and Deuteronomy 24 14 talks about how to treat foreigners. We never see the 12 Tribes condemn any of the nations for their appearance or ancestry, the exception to the latter being when those nations kept the ongoing line of sin going such as Canaan. We see them being condemned for their sins and nothing else, which I will go into towards the end.
3. 12 Tribe Foreigners
Attempts have been made to say some notable gentile characters in scripture as being descended 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. While this is true in many cases, we cannot argue that everyone who was righteous was of the chosen lineage.
4. He Hates the Other Nations
"All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity."— Isaiah 40 15-17
"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. "— 2 Esdras 6 54
These two verses are used to say that the Almighty hates the other nations because of their race.
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 sits upon the earth and we are like grasshoppers and treats the awe-inspiring heavens as if they were nothing more than a curtain and 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 to 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. The Almighty does not judge as we have judged. He judges a person based on that person.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.— Galatians 6 7
With that being said, let's ask ourselves one question:
Does the Almighty Hate People?
What you're going to find out is that the idea of "God loves the 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 says he hates/abhors the wicked. 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."— Leviticus 20 23
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 that of their beliefs.
Deuteronomy 23 3-5 proves my point. No Ammonite or Moabite (descendants of Abraham's nephew Lot which means they do not come from Yisrael) shall enter into the congregation of the LORD. 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 the 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.