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What is racism and prejudice and how has evolution promoted these ideas?

According to Dictionary.com, racism is a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.  From the same source, prejudice is an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason, and it is also defined as unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group.

 

Source: Answers in Genesis

 

The Theory of Evolution, according to Charles Darwin, has posited that humans evolved from an ape-like ancestor.  The first of these evolved humans was the aborigines, then the African, then the Mongoloid (Asian), and finally, the Caucasoid, which is considered to be the most evolved (note that Darwin was Caucasian).  Evolutionary concepts have been a factor in racial discrimination and atrocities in history.  Even Darwin’s book was titled: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.”  A specific example of evolutionary-driven racism is what happened to Ota Benga.

 

Is there such a thing as inter-racial marriage?

Inter-racial marriage implies that there are races.  In the Old Testament, God forbade the Israelites from marrying people from other countries/cities/cultures.  This was not done out of racial difference or prejudice but because the other people were pagans.  They sacrificed their children to their idols and did other terrible things that resulted in their eventual destruction.  We can see from Old Testament history what happened when the Israelites intermingled with those from pagan societies—they adopted their vile practices and lived in sin, forgetting all that God had done for them. 

Regarding marriage, God does not forbid the marriage between a light skinned and dark skinned person, but he does forbid the marriage between a Christian and non-Christian (2 Cor. 6:14), and the reason for that is because of the problems stemming from the Old Testament Israelites falling away from their faith.  Marriage is a blessed union, but it can be very difficult and requires 100% effort from both husband and wife.  How much harder marriage is when the couple doesn’t agree on spiritual matters!

 

It’s not about race
Source: Answers in Genesis