Origin Of Different Skin Colors

It is written:

“God began by making one man, and from him he made all the different people who live everywhere in the world. He decided exactly when and where they would live.” (Acts 17:26)

There are many theories as to why people from around the world have different skin colors. Some teach that these differences In skin color are evidence that there are different human “races.” Others teach that people who are black have that skin color because God somehow “cursed” black people.

Why are there different skin colors?

“Yes, Jesus loves us all, but believe it or not, all human beings are basically the same color. Every human being has the same basic pigment in the skin (there are other pigments that are inconsequential in regard to one’s skin color); it’s called melanin, and it’s basically a brown color (there are a couple of forms of this pigment). Melanin protects the skin against damage by ultraviolet light from the sun. If you have too little melanin and you live in a very sunny environment, you will more easily suffer from sunburn and skin cancer. If you have a great deal of melanin and you live in a country where there is little sunshine, it is much harder for your body to get adequate amounts of vitamin D. Your body needs sunshine for its production of vitamin D and melanin filters it out. If you don’t get enough vitamin D you could suffer a bone disorder such as rickets….We are not born with a genetically fixed amount of melanin, but rather with a genetically fixed potential to produce a certain amount. In each of us this amount increases in response to sunlight and some of us are more responsive to the sunlight than others. That’s why some people seem to tan more than others even though they’re exposed to the same amount of light. Surprisingly, we all start with about the same amounts of pigment cells. Stem cells at the inner layers of your skin and other cells called melanocytes have melanin granules. The stem cells go and sort of bite off packages of these granules and they use them to protect the nucleus of their cells. Once that cell moves to the surface as a skin cell, it can lose melanin, causing the skin to be lighter (usually such people are called “white”). If more melanin makes it to the surface skin cells, the skin is darker (usually such people are called “black”).” (Ken Ham & Charles Ware, One Race One Blood: A Biblical Answer To Racism, 94-95 (Kindle Edition); Green Forest, AR; Master Books)

Where a person lives in the world will play a factor in the amount of melanin the body makes. As another researcher has documented:

““Where do all the races come from?” Some have wondered, if we are all descendents of Adam and Eve, why are there so many races? The Bible informed us 2,000 years ago that God has made all nations from “one blood.” We are all of the same race—the “human race,” descendants of Adam and Eve, something science is slowly coming to realize. Reuters news service reported the following article by Maggie Fox: Science may have caught up with the Bible, which says that Adam and Eve are the ancestors of all humans alive today. Peter Underhill of Stanford University in California remarked on findings published in the November 2000 issue of the journal Nature Genetics … Geneticists have long agreed there is no genetic basis to race—only to ethnic and geographic groups. “People look at a very conspicuous trait like skin color and they say, ‘Well, this person’s so different’ … but that’s only skin deep,” Underhill said. “When you look at the level of the Y chromosome you find that, gee, there is very little difference between them. And skin color differences are strictly a consequence of climate.” (Ray Comfort, The Evidence Bible, 42709-42719 (Kindle Edition); Alachua, Florida; Bridge-Logos)

Truly, science has confirmed what the Bible has taught all along: God has made all the nations of the Earth from one man!

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