Genesis opens with one human couple begetting one human family. There was no indication of what are called “races.” Before the fall, Adam and Eve were in God’s image. However, disobedience, sin, and degradation tarnished their image. Extreme degradation led God to send a great flood, and only eight members of Noah’s family survived. Thus, the family of man began again with only eight people, who had all descended from Adam.
Genesis 11:1-9 relates the story of the Tower of Babel. All of mankind had one tongue and one language. In their arrogance, people began to erect a city and a tower of grandeur. They wanted to be famous. God responded to this prideful rebellion by confusing the languages of the people. Consequently, men separated along tribal lines and dispersed geographically. This dispersion throughout the different climates led to the diversity of body types and skin color that we exhibit today.
Sadly, the diversity of human characteristics tends to make mankind fearful and distrustful of any person who looks differently. It is important to note that these physical differences are not the result of multiple creations on the part of God, nor of the curse Noah placed upon Canaan, the son of Ham.
We know this because when addressing the Athenians, the Apostle Paul said that God, “has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.” (Acts 17:26-27, NKJV) These verses teach that all races are of one blood and of the same Adamic stock.
Additionally, the testimony of science harmonizes with scripture. Today, science affirms that all mankind originated from one mother and one father. Our common mother, alone, gave us our mitochondrial DNA, the powerhouse of every cell in our body. Scientists, Christians and non-Christians, have chosen to call this mother “Eve.” Furthermore, all males shared a common father in the past, who alone can pass along the “Y” gene in the nucleus of each cell in the male body. Again this “Most recent common ancestor” is called “Adam,” even by Evolutionists.
Mankind has great diversity displayed through distinct physical features and body types. As practical experience shows, intermarriage among the most diverse ethnic tribes of mankind produces children. These children are perfectly capable of passing along their rich inheritance to children of their own. We all are in scientific terms one “species” or “one blood” as the Apostle Paul said.