We all are different colors, aren’t we? People would say that I am a white person, but no one is really white when compared to a piece of copy paper. I may be light-skinned, but I’m technically not white-skinned. I do have some color in my pigmentation, thank you very much! The little song about all children being loved by God contains this phrase, “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.” This suggests that Native Americans may have a reddish tint in their skin color and Asians may have a yellowish tint in theirs. Black and white may seem self-explanatory, but almost unlimited variations of color are a part of these two basic shades. Why, then, are we different colors? It is primarily an issue of sunlight and vitamins – but keep reading! It is much, much more than chemistry.
Does It Matter?
Does it matter, the color of one’s skin? Yes and no – and both answers have a positive side and a negative side. Yes, it matters in ways that it shouldn’t. If skin color causes some people to feel superior or inferior to those of a different color, then that is bad, very bad. And we are dealing with more than the difference in what we call races. People of color, be they primarily brown or darker, can feel inferior or superior to those in their same race classification because they let color matter to them – different shades of color in this case. I have heard or read of those who felt that their particular skin shade was too black or too dark, and it is no secret that such variations make a difference with some. Lighter is generally considered better, and that is sad. It shouldn’t matter, but it sometimes does, to some at least.
On the positive side, it matters in a different way. If we view ourselves as God’s creation, we should be proud of our skin color. As the little boy in the old illustration purportedly said, “God made me and God don’t make no junk!” I’m not sure why he said that, but in spite of his grammar, his point was entirely correct. I have often said that I am not colorblind except in assessing the equal value of all people. Otherwise, my goal is to be color aware and color appreciative. After saying that in sermons, I have had black people thank me with tears in their eyes, saying that they don’t want their color to be discounted but rather valued. Saying you are colorblind may not be viewed positively, in spite of your intentions. I get it. We should be proud of who God made us, and that includes our color, our ethnicity, our gender and all else that makes us who we are as individuals.
Haters Gonna Hate!
Having said that, our color differences account for historical challenges beyond comprehension, especially in the United States. Our history of slavery in earlier days and all forms of racial oppression since has marked us as a society. We are working our way to better places, but right now we are in the midst of a very challenging place. A white person can lose their job or even their company (think pizza!) by using a racial slur publicly. Yet, racial tensions are the highest since the Civil Rights era a half-century ago. How does that happen?
It happens because human beings, the very apex of God’s creation, are a fallen people. The sins of Adam and Eve have carried consequences with them since the dawn of creation. We know how to love to an appreciable degree and we know how to hate to a similar degree. Our differences in every area are often the catalyst prompting that hate. We can tone the term down a bit and call it bias or prejudice, but it resides in every one of us in some way, often in ways of which we are not aware. It may be based on color differences, background differences, language differences, religious differences, educational differences, economic differences, nationality differences, political differences, gender differences, etc. The list of ways that our prejudices can manifest themselves are virtually endless.
I was attending a class on racial diversity a few months back, and after some US residents described the black and white challenges we experience in this country, an African man described similar challenges between different tribes in his country – where everyone in those tribes is black. Further, the dangers of being of a different tribe in the wrong place at the wrong time were greater in that country than being black or white in our country in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was a scary description, to put it mildly.
So what does this show? That haters are gonna hate! Listen to Paul describe our pre-Christian condition: “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another” (Titus 3:3). Thankfully, he goes on in the next verses to describe the difference being in a relationship with Christ makes. This contrast explains why this blog is dedicated mainly to helping Christians deal with their sins, especially prejudices, including racial prejudices of which we may not be conscious (whether we are black or white or brown).
The world is going to hate – it always has and always will. Until and unless people accept Christ and his way of viewing others, people don’t change. Congress might legislate consequences for outward actions, but they cannot legislate the same for thoughts and attitudes. Society can only be changed in those areas one person at a time through Christ. Having said that, I do not believe that just because one becomes a Christian, some kind of magic eraser comes and deals with race and racial issues. We have further to go than we think in building true diversity in our church culture, which must encompass our attitudes and relationships inside and outside of our church assemblies.
Why Are We Different Colors?
We can probably all agree that this is a good question, even an important one. I believe that is hugely important, for it affects our view of God, the world and every person in it. No wonder Satan has worked so hard and so effectively to hide the truth from us! Hopefully the following explanations will help us in exchanging the mistaken parts of our views for God’s views regarding the answer to this question. I love the answers that I am writing about in this article, and I’m excited and elated to share them!
Answer #1 – The Nature of God
God is Creator, yes? As you look at his creation, what do you see – drabness, ugliness, boringness, monotonousness, dullness? That’s not what I see. I see amazing diversity in all of nature. How could God have stifled his creative genius and made everything look the same? Consider any part of creation and you will see diversity almost beyond human comprehension. Take the birds, for example. How many kinds and how many colors and how many shapes do you see? More than you can count. More than even an ornithologist can count, with all due respect to you birders out there. Take flowers, for another example. How many kinds, colors, shapes are in God’s creation? You can add for consideration trees, plants, grasses, cats, dogs, horses, cows, all types of wild animals. And what do you get? Diversity to what seems to us mortals the nth degree!
Now think about human beings, the crowning achievement of our Maker in exercising his marvelous creative abilities. Would it have not been astoundingly weird for him to have made us all look the same? All with the same skin color, eye color, height, bone structure, etc. etc.? Even a very small amount of common sense should tell us that the differences in humans, including skin color, are a logical necessity when God’s creative genius is taken into consideration. We should delight in human varieties as much (more actually) than we do in the other varieties in nature.
The idea of different races is a false concept, as we will show later in the article. But different ethnicities and cultures are a reality, and I rejoice over them. They give us so many different types of food, drink, music, dance, and so on. As a nation, the United States once took pride in being the melting pot of many nations. In retrospect, that viewpoint was far more restricted than our earlier forefathers realized, but that doesn’t devalue the concept as it relates to my point. However, we should be totally aware of the fact that most of the “melting” that went on during much of our national history consisted of white people. The story of how people of color, all colors, became a part of the process is, for the most part, a painful consideration. But I love the human diversity in our nation and I really love and cherish the diversity in our fellowship of churches. I just want to help broaden it from having diversity in our official church gatherings to having cultural diversity in more and more unofficial social gatherings and in our close friendships.
Answer #2 – The Purposes of God
God loves humans and wants us to be with him for eternity. Wow! Read that again and think about it. Lauren Daigle’s song title comes to mind immediately – “How Can It Be?” Yet, it is true that God loves us beyond our comprehension to grasp and does indeed want us with himself for eternity. In order for that to become a reality, we must be saved spiritually – forgiven of all of our sins through the sacrifice of Christ, redeemed by his blood. God “wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
If that is his ultimate desire and design for us humans, how does he go about accomplishing it? Actually, in many ways. Fundamental to our study in this article, one of those ways is tied inseparably to the concept of diversity. In an earlier blog post on this site, I wrote an article entitled, “The Theological Centrality of True Racial Diversity.” Here are a few excerpts from that article:
The greatest demonstration of Christ through his spiritual body, the church, in the first century was the ability to blend two cultures, Jew and Gentile, who absolutely hated one another. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to make the application that the ability to totally blend (not just mix a bit on Sunday morning) black and white cultures is the greatest possible demonstration of Jesus in our day. Further, if working out the kinks between two groups of Jewish culture in Acts 6 produced a response of converting large numbers (even priests), just what could happen if our movement led the way in having true spiritual diversity?
What is the biggest deterrent to love, unity and growth (spiritual and numerical)? Hate – Satan’s greatest tool to produce the kinds of horrific actions taking place in the world today and in world history. What is the greatest demonstration of love, unity and growth? Whatever defeats hate – the greatest kind of hate. Surely overcoming racism would be near or at the top of that list. So how did God choose to do that, thus setting up a demonstration that would have the potential to affect the world?
Easy answer: the Jew/Gentile form of racism and hatred. Hence, we are not surprised to read that the biggest threat to love and unity in the early church was how to get Jews and Gentiles into one family and to get them to understand, appreciate and love each other against all odds. God calls it his mystery to change the world. Read the following passages with this principle in mind: Ephesians 2:14-22; Ephesians 3:2-6; and, Colossians 1:24-27.
Bottom line, the more our goals on earth reflect our vision of heaven, the greater our fellowship will be and the more effective our evangelistic efforts will be. The church of the living God is the ultimate demonstration of Jesus and the heart of God, but it has to have as a major goal what Scripture defines as the mystery of Christ. One of my black reviewers made this observation: “I hope you can make people, especially the leaders, see how we have a field of dreams concept here with race. If we can be a light in dealing with racism, people will come to us.” In order for God’s kingdom in heaven to look like Revelation describes it, then we must pull out all of the stops to ensure that it looks like this in his kingdom on earth. God – open our eyes and hearts!
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.
Answer #3 – An Act of God’s Judgment
Thus far, we have introduced the subject and given the first two answers to the question posed in the title. Answer #1 talked about God’s obvious love of diversity in nature and the logical necessity of him creating the human race with the capability of developing similar diversity. Hence, it is something that shouldn’t make us afraid of one another, but highly appreciative of our variations. They are God-given and that makes them special indeed.
Answer #2 focused on the spiritual purposes of God through our diversity, notably bringing us all into one family, and through our relationships, showing the world the power of God to change lives. Just as Jew and Gentile were that divine demonstration in the early church, racial diversity in the church now is likewise designed to be that magnet that gains the world’s attention and draws them in. From here, answer #3 moves into some deep waters – in more than one sense. Read on.
The Bible contains many examples of God bringing judgment on mankind, be it on a single individual, a group within a nation, a whole nation or even the whole world. Besides those examples are warnings of judgments to come. The only example of the whole world being judged and punished was, of course, the flood of Noah’s day. The results of that flood were both immediate and long-term. The long-term results are the ones on which we will focus.
I understand that anything contained in Genesis 1-11 has come under increasing attack. Not only do unbelievers attack it, but many claiming to be Christians and Bible believers have ended up doing something similar. They have sought to reduce those chapters to mythology or something like it – anything other than reliable history in efforts to harmonize the Bible with modern science. When that seems impossible, the Bible is called into question rather than calling modern science into question. If that path weren’t so serious and didn’t carry so many implications that reflect on the rest of the Bible, I would find it quite humorous.
Modern Science, aka Current Science
Think about the term, “modern science” for a moment. What does that really mean? Only current science, that and nothing more. If you would like to release a few endorphins into your system through laughter, study the history of modern (meaning only current) science. Some of the most outlandish views imaginable about our universe in all its parts were held at given points in time, views that seemed to those “moderns” of that era to be absolute facts. Many false assumptions about the Bible were held because the evidence for proof had not been yet discovered, but in time many of those same assumptions were dispelled through later discoveries (especially in archeology). Whether a false assumption is disproved scientifically or not, the Bible is still the Bible and it unquestionably claims to be God’s inspired word. That’s always going to be good enough for me.
On the subject of modern science (which again can only be defined as current science), one of the areas that receives the most attention and the most funding is that of nutritional and medical science. Those related branches of science are funded by billions upon billions of dollars annually. Yet in our lifetimes, how many “truths” have been asserted only to be debunked later? If you pay too much attention to those areas of “modern” science, you are likely to develop paranoia. Drinking coffee is bad for you – no, it helps with dementia and other health threats! Drinking alcohol will kill you – no, not drinking alcohol may kill you and it will increase your odds of getting dementia significantly. Those illustrations were found in very recent reading, by the way, and scores of similar ones could be noted and quoted.
Noah’s Flood Literal?
My point is that current science is by nature pretty dogmatic and often wrong. It will label theories or working hypotheses as facts, and if Bible believers aren’t careful, they may be sucked into that whirlpool of arrogance and pride that is most often based on atheistic world-views. Thanks for listening to me vent a bit – I feel better! Back to the Noahic flood. That horrific destruction is a fact if the Bible is to be believed. If it is some sort of symbolic fable, by whatever term, the rest of the Bible becomes untrustworthy. Here are a few of the comments made in other parts of the Bible, in contrast to those who consider Noah a symbolic figure and the flood a symbolic event:
To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again.
as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, they could save neither son nor daughter. They would save only themselves by their righteousness.
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
1 Peter 3:20
to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water,
2 Peter 2:5
if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;
Of course, we could add in the mentions of Noah in both OT and NT genealogies, but you get the point. Both Noah and the flood are described as historical outside Genesis, and if they aren’t historical, then Jesus and the other writers of the Bible must have been hysterical or otherwise deluded. Some are tantalized by the discussion of whether the flood was local or universal. We don’t even know what the nature of the earth was back then, and how the continents may have been divided – or not. Feel free to read about the alleged Pangaea, or ancient super-continent, and later phases (Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous). Keep reading and you will find the hypothesis out there that most of the continents will combine once again into another super-continent, the Amasia. You might enjoy the reading, but please put your trust in the only book about which Jesus made this claim: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
Honestly, I don’t have time for those views that Genesis is non-historical verbiage and I hope you don’t. I also hope you will speak up when otherwise respected people reduce those opening chapters of Genesis into something other than historical accounts. The so-called evidences of “modern” science that contradict the Bible are not my focus; the word of God decidedly is.
Two People and Eight People
In the beginning, there were two people – Adam and Eve. There were eight people who survived the flood and disembarked the ark. Surely I don’t need to multiply verses about what both OT and NT have to say about these facts and figures. As I was recently exiting a restaurant, I struck up a conversation with a black family sitting on a bench awaiting a table inside. As we talked about racial diversity (a subject I introduce as often as possible with as many people as feasible), the man in the family observed that we all got off the Big Boat together through our Noahic ancestors. Spot on! We did.
This means that we all started off appearing much more alike than we are today. So what happened to us? With some divine persuading, our forefathers finally were dispersed by God from the vicinity of their building project, the Tower of Babel,” (Genesis 11:8-9) into the locations he intended. Paul described it this way: “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands” (Acts 17:26).
The fact that we all got off the ark together through our ancestors must mean that God created humans with a remarkable ability to adapt to our environments. And that innate capability explains quite simply why we are different colors. Yes, seriously. My good friend James Williams, a black brother in our church, spent his entire career teaching Social Studies to 8th grade students in his home state of Mississippi. He has said to me a number of times that our skin color and other physical characteristics trace directly back to the proximity of our ancient ancestors to the equator. The closer they were to the equator, the darker their skin. Not only is that a simple answer, it is absolutely accurate. Can it be proved? If you are a Bible believer, it has already been proved. Take a look at humanity in their native lands and there you have it. Oh, you want something from modern science (as we call it)? Okay, keep reading – and hold on to your seat!
Answer #4 – God, Anthropology and Chemistry
We have already covered three of our four answers to the question posed in the title. In the introduction to the series, I said that the answer in a scientific sense was essentially a matter of vitamins and sunlight. As strange as that may have sounded to you, reading this final answer should clear it all up. God’s design and creative genius is nothing short of astounding! Enjoy!
Now here is where the real fun starts. I love truth and therefore I love exploding myths! Race is a myth – there is no such thing. It is no more than a social construct based on ethnicity and culture. When I read Michael Burns’ excellent book, “Crossing the Line: Culture, Race and Kingdom,” many things caught my attention. One such thing really caught my attention, and that was the mention of a book by a well-known anthropologist. That anthropologist was Ashley Montagu, who in the same year I was born (1942) published a book entitled, “Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: the Fallacy of Race.” This stuck with me not only because the book was written in my birth year, but Ashley was my mother’s maiden name and further, the topic of the book was absolutely intriguing to me.
Montagu was quite the interesting character. He was Jewish, born in London and later naturalized as an American citizen. He was an atheist, and considering that he was born in 1905, I find it remarkable that he didn’t subscribe to Darwin’s views on race (described in his writings during the latter half of the 1800’s). Darwin believed that black people were much less evolved than white people, and as a result, less intelligent. Darwin also believed something similar about females generally, regardless of color. But Ashley rejected that part of Darwinism and along with Albert Einstein, spoke out strongly against the views and ill treatment of black Americans by white Americans. A part of that action no doubt came from their common Jewish backgrounds and the racism they had endured personally. But it was far more than that to Montagu – it was a matter of science. His views ended up pretty much carrying the day with his fellow anthropologists in rejecting any supposed scientific basis for race.
A Matter of Basic Chemistry
Recent anthropologists have continued to dig deeper into the complexities we call race, most often with an atheistic mindset. Nonetheless, their findings are remarkably helpful to those of us wanting to explain skin color differences. One of the big names in this endeavor is Nina Jablonski. She and her husband, George Chaplin, a geographic information systems specialist, formulated what was called the first comprehensive theory of skin color in the early part of this century. According to their theory, skin color is a matter of vitamins.
One article I read claimed that scientists have long assumed that humans evolved melanin, the main determinant of skin color, to absorb or disperse ultraviolet light. But why? The answer is turned out to be pretty simple. Two vitamins are the focus and the melanin in the outer layer of our skin worked over time to allow one type to be absorbed into the body and the other type to avoid being taken out of the body. Vitamin D must be absorbed in sufficient amounts to build calcium. In northern climates where the sunlight is less available, the skin must remain lighter in tone to make sure that enough Vitamin D is absorbed.
The other vitamin, called folate, a member of the vitamin B complex, is also essential to our health. Yet it is significantly affected by the ultraviolet light from the sun, dispersed from the body rather quickly if the skin is light. According to Jablonski, the body’s folate reserves can be cut in half within an hour if the sunlight is intense and the skin is very light colored. Hence, those in the tropics must have darker skin and the melanin takes care of that. Bottom line, if your ancient ancestors lived in low sunlight areas, they developed light skin; if they lived in high sunlight areas, they developed dark skin.
The only question mark I ran across among scientists regarding this now well-accepted theory was in considering the Inuit peoples whom we call Eskimos. They have dark skin and yet live in very low-light areas in the far north. Two theories are used to explain their aberration from the norm. One is that they migrated from hot climate locations and have not been in their new locations for long enough to adapt. The other explanation is that although they did migrate from somewhere in the tropics, they consume so much Vitamin D from their diet, especially blubber type fats which are rich in Vitamin D, that the skin color hasn’t needed to lighten up to receive more of this vitamin from the sun. Although the Eskimos give us an interesting exception to consider, they are an exception. The rest seems to be solid science and certainly accepted science. I’m aware that I’ve already made a point about current science not necessarily being absolute, but I feel pretty safe in accepting these current conclusions. At the least, they don’t contradict any biblical material, which was the main concern in my earlier comments regarding science.
Thus, my buddy James was right on target. The closer to the equator one’s ancient ancestors were located, the darker their skin. The further from the equator they were, the lighter their skin. Other physical characteristics, such as facial features, bone structure, hair texture and color would assumedly have developed similarly to best fit the environment.
A Mighty Thin Paint Job!
Nearly 40 years ago, I attended a couple of seminars conducted by a man in the Mainline Church of Christ named John Clayton. He had been a literal card-carrying atheist who had converted to Christianity. His seminars were about apologetics, the existence of God. I recall him greeting his old friends in attendance from his former association of atheists and then his newfound Christian friends. And then he got down to business and delivered powerful and compelling evidences for the existence of God. At some point, he dealt with race. He showed a picture of a black tribesman dressed only in a loin cloth. He gave us enough time to form our stereotypical opinions of what type person this was, and most of us likely thought of a very uneducated native from some remote tribe. Then he told us that the man was a PhD and one of the world’s foremost scientists in his chosen field. That was a valuable lesson never to be forgotten.
John also made a statement that I think I remember correctly, namely that the difference between the blackest black person and the whitest white person was 1/64th of an ounce of melanin. I do recall thinking, “Wow, that’s a mighty thin paint job!” How could so little of this chemical in our skin make so much difference in our world? A few months ago, when I was studying this topic, I wondered if Clayton were still alive (he’s older than me) and I looked him up on the web. I found an email address and emailed him to ask about that melanin statement.
To my amazement, he emailed me back quickly and said that he didn’t recall making the statement but that it sounded about right. He also said that he worked with John Oakes and Douglas Jacoby in the apologetics field and had kept up with my ministry through the years. God bless him! But why do we allow 1/64th of an ounce of anything affect our thinking about others who appear different than us? A sad part of the answer is how we judge appearance, how we judge beauty.
Au Natural and Proud of It
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? Partially right, but only partially. All human societies have accepted standards of what defines beauty. Those standards change in time and in cultures, but they are as real as the rain to the people in that culture. Since I relish diversity in general, I had to ponder the varying standards of how beauty is determined in different times and places. What I do not relish is when the standards of one culture dominate that judgment by becoming the standard for other cultures. You can probably guess where I’m about to go with this one, right?
What we call the Dark Ages was a period of time when less is known about civilizations that existed during those years. The term is often used synonymously with the Middle Ages, referring to the period of time between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Renaissance or period of Enlightenment. The Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, was a philosophical movement that took place primarily in Europe and, later, in North America, during the late 17th and early 18th century. Thus, this time of supposedly waking up to the finer things of life happened to be ushered in by white people.
Guess who decided which race was superior? Guess who decided how beauty was to be defined? I often refer to a comment in the Malcom X movie when he asked a black audience a question like this one: “Who told you that the color of your skin made you inferior? Who told you that the texture of your hair and your facial features were inferior?” His answer was obvious – white people! That is to me so very sad. Why would a woman with a narrow nose and small nostrils be more attractive than one with a broader nose and large nostrils? It’s all in the mind, but it is in the mind! By the way, I didn’t inherit one of those narrow pointy little noses myself. I remember the shock of seeing my nose in a mirror with a sideview option just after I had entered full-blown puberty! That prominent nose did help me develop a personality, however strange you think that personality might be! But you get the point.
Styles change in all sorts of areas – clothing styles, hair styles, and on goes the list. That’s all well and good. Save your out-of-style clothes – the cycle will most likely repeat. The part of style that concerns me is why we adopt certain styles or adapt to certain styles. It can be a matter of pride in trying to be a pace-setter or trying to keep up with the Jones (whoever they may be). It may also be a matter of feeling like we are inferior unless we adopt certain styles.
I know I can go over the line quickly here, so I will make it brief. I am glad that certain of my black sister friends are moving toward styling their hair “au natural” (a shout-out to Sharisse Lucas!). If women of color want to straighten their hair as a matter of personal preference, fine. Most of the women in my family do the opposite and get permanents (which are anything but, and not cheap). I just don’t want those of other ethnicities to feel the burden of trying to conform to what white people think is beauty. I’ll leave it at that and make one confession: I hope God lets me have an afro in heaven!
Enter the Geneticists
In time, scientists in other fields came to similar conclusions that the anthropologists had already reached. Those working with DNA are among those. In 2003, scientists completed the Human Genome Project, making it finally possible to examine human ancestry with genetics. I read an interesting article online from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts of Science website. It was written April 17, 2017 by Vivian Chou and entitled, “How Science and Genetics are Reshaping the Race Debate of the 21st Century.” Under the subheading, “New findings in genetics tear down old ideas about race,” the following statement was made: “Ultimately, there is so much ambiguity between the races, and so much variation within them, that two people of European descent may be more genetically similar to an Asian person than they are to each other.”
I have watched You Tube presentations from college classroom settings demonstrating the same thing. You can observe a racially diverse group of college students comparing their DNA sequence to one another’s and see precisely the same conclusions. Our DNA simply doesn’t offer scientific proof of what we call racial differences. As Montagu said 75 years ago, our concept of race is a fallacy and a dangerous myth. It is beyond amazing that such a fallacious myth continues to prevail in our otherwise educated world.
May this article help even a tiny bit to dispel the myths perpetrated by Satan through the ignorance and biases of humans. Enough is enough! God made us all and he doesn’t make junk, as the little boy supposedly said. We are made in the image of our Creator, having the capacity to do amazing things as earthly humans and the spiritual capacity to live forever with him, the angels and all of the redeemed. May he help us to not simply accept our physical differences but to rejoice in them. And remember that even if someone thinks you are one of the “beautiful people,” as others would describe you, before you know it you will be old and wrinkled like me! “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised“ (Proverbs 31:30). The only true beauty is that which resides within us, the spirit God placed in this temporary earthly tent we call the body. Focus on the right things and rejoice in the right things. God bless our diversity! It is his delight and must become ours!