If the human race was originally created from one man and one woman, why are there so many different races today? (continued)
The alternative, neo-Darwinian worldview [rooted in the teaching of Charles Darwin], holds that the variation of life on earth today is the result of hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary processes acting on random variations through a process known as natural selection.
These two worldviews lead to profoundly different understandings of the concept of race, with an impact that has been witnessed in the world.
Under the first worldview, all races are equal before God, having a common origin and shared opportunity to benefit from the work of God in Christ. When Jesus taught that it is right to follow God’s law to “love thy neighbor as thyself,” (Matthew 22:39) this love for humanity extended to all races without partiality.
Many books published in the 19th century had subtitles, including Charles Darwin’s influential book, On The Origin of Species By Means Of Natural Selection. Its subtitle was Or The Preservation Of Favoured Races In The Struggle For Life. The concept that some races, among species including homo sapiens, were favoured over others “in the struggle for life” has led to egregious acts of ethnic cleansing and eugenic selection (controlling who in the population could marry and have children); the program of the Nazi party in World War II Germany is the most notorious example of such evil.
Why are there different races of humanity today? The answer lies in God’s sovereign purpose:
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11).
It was God’s pleasure to create the human family with different races so that from them all He can show His glory in the world to come.