Is it possible that we all came from the same two people?
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I can’t help but think this particular commentary is going to be taken the wrong way by a great number of people. There is little which is more sensitive a subject today than that of race. It seems that everything in our daily lives is orchestrated by race. From the number of commercials which feature racial minorities, from the number of job positions filled in a given company by racial minorities to the music which is regarded as most popular. We are constantly bombarded with the fact that as a people, we are made well aware of our differences, but none so vast as our racial make-up. We dance around the subject and refuse to allow a airing of the matter without fear. To be called a racist in this day and age is almost a fate worse then death. Such a mindset doesn't really help the matter at all, but rather sweeps it under the rug. In the end the matter must still be dealt with.
The election of Barack Obama as United States President was not unique because he is one of the few to ascend to the White House directly from the Senate (there have only been three who have preceded him: Garfield, Harding and Kennedy), nor is his election regarded as noteworthy because of his uneven upbringing. (a product of a broken home being raised largely out of country in a completely different culture with a stepfather who is Muslim) Barack Obama’s election is regarded as noteworthy merely by the fact of his race. Whatever one may think of the man’s politics, his legacy will be as the first black man to be elected to the office of the President of the United States. Nothing else he does (or does not do) will overshadow this one aspect of his being. My question is simple: Why should his skin color matter to anyone? Quite frankly I am confused by this import we place upon race and I suppose I really always have been. We call people racist all the time when really these are people who are merely expressing an opinion. It may be seen as unpopular by some, but true racism? I rather doubt it. Perhaps I should explain.
I grew up in a suburb just south of San Francisco, California on the coast. My first day of school saw me, a boy of English/Irish extraction mixed in with a host of other kids of different races. I thought nothing of it as to me, this was normal. My best friend at that young age was a Hispanic boy and I honestly never gave a moment’s thought to his heritage; I cared that we were friends and nothing more. Perhaps I was simply naïve, but I tended to judge people by how they acted rather than their family lineage. The other kids were no more in control over what race they were born into than was I. To me, we were all just a bunch of kids and this was school. The challenge was to get through it unscathed by the bigger kids and maybe make new friends.
By the time I reached the 2nd grade, my family moved to another suburb farther to the east of the San Francisco Bay Area. This suburb was completely different. For one thing, it was quite a bit more well-to-do. The other thing was that there were very few minorities. For me, this was culture shock. I had never been in a classroom with only white teachers and white kids. My first teacher was a very kind lady Named Miss Roberts who was black. She more or less set the standard for teachers for me. Now being faced with a white teacher in a predominately white suburban town, I wasn’t certain what to expect.
As I grew, I learned that people are people regardless of their skin color. When I entered the Air Force, I was once again in a racial mix of people. I found that I gravitated towards those whose company I enjoyed regardless of heritage. Of course being older, there were impediments to this absent when I was a child. Racism is not only a white on (fill in the race) issue, but is a problem people in general suffer with. While my peers didn’t seem to have a problem with me, I experienced my first real taste of racism from one of my sergeants. He was a black Viet Nam War veteran and—there is no other way to put this—hated white people. Years later I saw a routine by Chris Rock and I instantly thought of my First Sergeant in the Air Force because Rock was describing him exactly.
Rock explained (in his own inimitable way) that the most racist people you will find are old black men. Now his reasoning is explained in that older black men experienced true racism themselves. Growing up in certain parts of the United States before the 1950s was not a good experience for most black people. The reconstruction period after the Civil War saw the advent of many prominent blacks to positions of real power in local, state and federal offices and thoughts of racism seemed finished. But old ways don’t fade away so easily and within less than ten years, the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had formed to put the black man back in his "proper place." By the turn of the 20th century, racism against blacks was widespread—and very cruel. The lessons learned which led in part to the American Civil War appeared to have been forgotten.
Older black men who just wanted to make a decent life for themselves and their families faced an uphill battle simply because of the color of their skin. They saw family and friends murdered and treated in despicable ways by the supposedly morally superior whites. My first sergeant—who would have been born right around 1935—experienced all of this. To him, I was a self indulgent, ignorant little white kid who couldn’t find his ass with both hands. The simple fact of the matter is that he was right—to a point. I was not born of wealth and privilege, just born white. However my First Sergeant’s opinion of me was a description of many of my black and Hispanic friends as well, but his own racism refused to allow him to see that. As far as he was concerned, I was going to pay for how other white people had treated him and his family when he was younger. It was lost on him that by treating me as he had been treated he had become the very thing he hated.
And the cycle continues. Or does it? I never looked at my First Sergeant as a black man; I looked at him as my superior. The color of his skin was irrelevant to me. My direct supervisor was a black Master Sergeant and we got along just fine. He evidenced none of the racism displayed by my First Sergeant who appeared to hate me simply because of the color of my skin. While I didn’t enjoy the confrontation, it was an interesting lesson for me. I’ll also add that it diminished him in my eyes. I never respected the man as a result of such narrow thinking on his part. I respected his rank and position, but he lost my respect as a man. I’m assuming that was the opposite of what he had intended.
But this isn’t so much a commentary on race relations as it is about race in general. Specifically, how is it that as human beings we fractured into different “races” of people. I need to start out by qualifying the term race here. We are all of one race: Human. That we all have differences in appearance does not make us any more or any less than another. I therefore find the term “race” a misnomer. I prefer to use the term "ethnicity" to define our differences; we are all of the human race with different ethnic makeups. However for the benefit of the reader and this commentary, I’ll proceed on premise that we’re talking heritage or lineage when referring to race.
The question remains: If one believes the Biblical account, one is forced to make some interesting conclusions with respect to race in the world today. How is it that if all of us came from Adam and Eve and then later from just the eight people aboard Noah’s Ark, there is such a divergent group of people today? Quite literally, it cannot have happened the way orthodoxy says it happened. Human beings cannot become this divergent in the short span of time since the great flood.
If one follows the Biblical account, the great flood with the Ark took place approximately 4500 to 5000 years ago. I won’t belabor the secular arguments that such a cataclysm couldn’t have occurred for a host of other reasons. For the moment, I want to simply focus on the racial aspect. Archaeologists have uncovered human remains which predate the time of the great flood by thousands of years. These remains are clearly different races. One famous example is remains which were found in present day Kennewick, Washington of a Caucasian man who died approximately 7300 to 7600 years ago. While Native American tribes in Washington State sued in Federal Court to assert a claim as to their heritage and “Kennewick Man,” the Federal Court ruled that there was no genetic justification for their claim. The remains were not of a Native American.
What is interesting about this for me are two things: One, where the remains were found. It was believed that man migrated on a land bridge across the Aleutians from Asian to arrive in North America. Those who migrated would naturally be Asiatic in heritage. Kennewick Man is not of such a heritage, yet there his is; buried in Washington State at a time a when a Caucasian shouldn’t even exist.
Two is the fact that this time line occurs well before the great flood. Already we have physical evidence of racial disparity existing at a time when most Biblical scholars believe there should be no racial disparity at all; we should have all looked pretty much alike. Even Noah’s sons married second cousins which would have made them all Semitic people.
According to the Human Genome Project, the Jewish people are genetically their own race and have maintained a purity of that race with is unrivaled by any other people on the planet. Thus if one is to follow the Biblical account as orthodoxy has intended, we should all look Semitic in appearance at the time of the great flood; there should be no white or black people running around anywhere. Yet the physical evidence seems to point in a different direction. Not only were there white and black people all over the place, but they were in localities they shouldn’t be. How is this possible? This is where the picture gets a bit interesting—and controversial.
Before I get into the answer as to what I have concluded is going on with the races, I would like to give a bit of a history lesson with respect to Adolf Hitler and the Aryans. Most people are aware that Hitler and one of his chief associates, Heinrich Himmler, believed the Jewish people to be an inferior race. Hitler and Himmler believed that they were born of the superior Aryan race and that mixing with the Jews was decimating his people. But who were the Aryans and why did Hitler and Himmler regard them as superior to the Jews? This is a rather long and convoluted story of which no one seems to have completely figured out, but it does have a bearing on my conclusions.
German archaeologist and ethnohistorian Gustaf Kossinna (1858 – 1931) is widely perceived as being a catalyst for the ideas of Aryan supremacy embraced by Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. This from the Dictionary of Archaeology:
Kossinna was quite influential, in fact; his early arguments attempting to define cultures in archaeological sites by using specific artifact types were an early application of the cultural-historical approach. Where Kossinna went wrong was by going to extremes, as shown by his famous quote, "Sharply defined archaeological cultural areas correspond unquestionably with the areas of particular people or tribes." He used ethnohistory to search for the origins of specific ethnic groups, believing there was a one-to-one relationship between modern and ancient ethnic groups, something modern archaeologists know is not true. Kossinna definitely believed that Germans were the descendants of a superior race he called the Germani; and as such his theories fit right into the Hitler/Himmler concept of the Aryan race.
Himmler convinced Hitler that they were both descended from this superior race of people and only by restoration of this bloodline, could Germany—and ultimately the entire world—benefit. While there were many political reasons for using the Jews as scapegoats, Himmler was beyond any of that and used the political upheaval in Europe in the 1930s as a pretext for going ahead with the ethnic cleansing he was certain would cure their ills.
Whether one is convinced Himmler and Hitler both misinterpreted the information they used which guided them, it is a fact that they were none-the-less convinced. So if Heinrich Himmler was convinced he was descended from a separate race of people than were the Jews, is there any legitimacy at all to the claim? Can such racial disparity be proven by the evidence? This is where Archaeologists take over and insist that we all descended from a common ancestor which most likely came out of Africa. For a host of reasons, I reject that assertion, but the primary reason is that despite their claims, there is no hard evidence supporting it.
There is a clash between what the evolutionists assert as opposed to what the Biblical creationists assert. But now we also have this competing theory which seems to claim that the races were divided from the beginning. Is this at all possible? Can we even begin to imagine that the individual races (or lineages) of human beings were made separate from the very beginning? Let us explore this a moment.
In the very beginning we find a problem with the Biblical book of Genesis. This is a little known problem to most even within the church, however a schooled pastor should be at least vaguely aware of the situation. Genesis 1:1 begins thus: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Based upon that one line, we proceed upon the premise that God Almighty created everything. As we continue to read, we see how the universe was created and how human beings were created in what is thought by orthodoxy to be only six calendar days. Without delving into the Young Earth/Old Earth Creationist debate, I would like to simply address one thing about that opening verse in Genesis. That one thing is that our understanding of it is wrong. It does not say, “…God created…” What it actually says in the original Hebrew is: "In the beginning, Gods created the heavens and the earth.” The Hebrew word "God" (Elohim) is used here and denotes a plurality.
I have read many commentaries as to why this is. The Hebrew scholars usually point to the multifold Spirit of God and owe that to the usage of the plurality in Genesis 1:1. Of course the Christian scholars point to the fact that this plurality is describing the Holy Trinity. Two different perspectives on exactly why the god in the very first line in Genesis is not exactly who he claims to be.
Two things which are readily apparent to me in this opening portion of Genesis are as follows: One, there is absolutely no continuity. Sometimes a plurality is used to denote God and other times it is a singularity. One would think that if Moses wanted us to all be aware of God's multifold Spiritual presence, he would have used the Hebrew "Elohim" throughout rather than switching back and forth as he evidently does. (Notwithstanding the word choice in Hebrew, Moses was conveying a particular idea. I am well aware that Moses did not write Genesis in Hebrew as the language did not then yet exist. Moses most likely wrote Genesis is a form of hieratic or some other variation of Egyptian script. Regardless, later translators clearly saw his word choice and translated accordingly.)
If one can accept that Moses translated the story told to him by his father-in-law, Jethro of Midian accurately, then one must accept that more than one “god” created the universe. Who are these gods if not the Trinity or the many Spiritual “faces” of God Almighty? The Apostle Paul gives us a glimpse as to who these “gods” truly are. In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul admonishes about the Rulers, Powers and Authorities over this present realm. (Ephesians 6:12) In fact, these entities are a focus of much of Paul’s writings. He clearly states that it was these same Rulers, Powers and Authorities which Christ makes a spectacle of upon the cross. (Colossians 2:15)
Peppered throughout the early chapters of Genesis is the impression that there is more than one “god” at work. (Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:7) Biblical Scholars press the issue that as the Hebrew language contains approximately only 8700 words, a straight English translation of the meaning is lost. I’ll point out that chronologically, the Hebrew language also came long after the Genesis narrative and the possibility of the same dearth of true understanding from the original language (probably some form of proto-Sumerian) must then be entertained. Looking at the naked evidence of the word choice as put down on papyrus by Moses using a hieratic script (a proto-Egyptian script which came about alongside the more commonly known hieroglyphic script), one is forced to conclude that a plurality in these instances is pointing to several spiritual entities of vast power rather than the many majestic attributes of the one true God. Because Biblical scholars point out the fact that whenever a plurality is used to denote God it is followed by other plural verbs, the lack of these plural verbs buttress their case of there being only one god intended despite the word choice.
My problems with their conclusion are thus: In the instances when a plurality to denote God is used and is followed by a plural verb, it is done so to make quite clear that a differentiation be made between the God of the Hebrews and other gods. Since the Genesis narrative is primarily about the Hebrew people, the god of the Hebrew people is the primary subject. Using Elohim to denote “god” in these instances would then necessitate a clarification. However in the passages where Elohim is used as outlined parenthetically above, there are no “other gods” about whose legitimacy or authority is being called into question. The usage of the plurality is therefore unnecessary in these instances if there is but one god present. Yet, the oral narrative which Jethro imparted to Moses clearly employed a plurality. Again, why not simply use El or Elo to denote Almighty God in these passages? Must we constantly be forced to switch back and forth from denoting His many majestic attributes to simply referring to Him alone? What is the point of this if we are already well familiar with the one true God? The constant reminders of God’s abilities would appear to me to be a useless redundancy. Such parsing on the part of Biblical scholars is nonsensical and clearly shows and agenda leading the evidence rather than the converse.
It is vitally important to remember a few things about the book of Genesis. As I have already stated, it was first a story told orally from one generation to the next over a very long period of time. There was no “reader” when the story was first told. Memorization was of paramount importance so extraneous information was pared down to the essentials. Thus Jethro explained the story of creation to Moses as he had learned it himself. He explained to Moses that “…gods created the heavens and the earth,” because that is what he had been told. Moses doesn’t seem to ask for any clarification with respect to these “gods” and merely takes Jethro at his word on this score. This is truly fascinating if in fact Jethro is introducing a new component to the narrative not already familiar to Moses.
Again the question is asked: Is it possible that more than one god created the heavens and the earth? If so, who are these gods and where are they today? Have they been banished? Do we no longer see them? Are they still around us? Are these “gods” really the fallen angels we so often hear about? These and many other questions are all legitimate. I will endeavor to answer them to the best of my ability. First, however, I think it is important to discuss whether or not such belief goes against the teachings of the Bible. After all, the Gospel of John says that all things came into being through Christ. If these “gods” created the heavens and the earth and such was NOT actually created by the hand of God Almighty, then doesn’t that leave us in a precarious situation? It seems to point out that Jesus is lying. Let me explore that just a bit.
To begin with, we really do need to define the players. Who and what is God Almighty? Is He a being who manifests Himself in multifold ways as the Jews believe? Is God Almighty an individual set apart in some form or fashion from Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit—the Trinity—as the Christians believe? Is the doctrine of the Trinity even legitimate? If any of the aforementioned are true as far as is believed by orthodoxy, then much of what I will write will make little sense. Thus I am going to proceed on the premise that God Almighty is just that: God Almighty. He exists outside of time, outside of space and is as Christ and Paul described Him: “Invisible, living in an unapproachable light which no one can see or has seen.” (1st Timothy 6:16) God is everywhere at once and is in everything we can discern with our five senses. There is nowhere anyone can go to escape the presence of God. The elemental structure of Almighty God is so far beyond our ability to understand, that it was necessary for God Almighty to interact with us through intermediaries. It isn’t that He had to do this; He desired to teach us more about Himself utilizing this methodology. There is a reason for everything God does and when we as human beings anthropomorphize Him, we throw most of Him away. That having been said, how can we in our limited humanity ever see God? God answered this problem in giving us two ways in which He presented Himself to the human creation.
I will quickly clarify a point here so that the reader is not taken too far off by what I am saying. I wish to make it very clear that God Almighty is the author of our eternal essence. The spirit which makes up who we are comes from God Almighty. To that end, God Almighty is our creator. Nothing I have ever come across has shown me that this is not true. The body we inhabit on this planet, however, is another matter altogether. Our bodies are a product of this temporal realm. We will not take our bodies with us when we transition to be at Christ’s side. Our bodies remain behind and return to the earth from which they came. They remain behind because they belong here. We are all familiar that death robs us of the person we loved, even though their body very much remains. The essence of the person vanishes from the body. It is this essence—this spirit—which God Almighty created. Do not conflate the body with the spirit; the two are not the same. Christ Himself said,
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
- Matthew 10:28
Christ clearly shows the differentiation between the two separate components which make up our earthly selves. He places far more import upon our spirit than our flesh. As Christians, this fact should remain forefront in our minds. Sadly for too many, it does not and far too much time and effort is wasted by good people attempting to meld the body and soul together. The two are essentially incongruent as Paul pointed out in Romans:
“…but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.”
- Romans 7:23-25
Returning to the ways upon which God presented himself to the human creation, the first method God used to allow humans to “see” him was to utilize spiritual entities of almost unlimited power. We call these beings angels, but that is not a terribly accurate term where applied to these particular spiritual entities. An angel is defined more as a messenger. These beings were less messengers than they were administrators. Their goal was to create a realm, populate that realm with a creation capable of housing the spirit with which God Almighty could imbue, and then present the face of God Almighty to that hybrid corporeal/spirit creation.
Genesis chapter one outlines the creation of humanity by the majority of these Spiritual entities. (Such beings are referred to as Celestial beings in 2nd Peter 2:10 and Jude 8) Genesis Chapter 2 begins with an outline of the creation of one particular tribe of human being by one particular Celestial being. This Celestial being is named Helel, which in the Hebrew means, “Light Bearer.” (Isaiah 14:12)
Orthodoxy has erroneously come to the conclusion that Genesis Chapter 1 and Genesis Chapter 2 are just an initial telling and then a more in-depth recap of the creation narrative. However as we have already discovered, the Genesis account was first presented as an oral history passed down from one generation to the next. This went on until Moses wrote it down. Outside of Moses specific tribe of people, however, the story continued to be told orally as it had been for thousands of years. Thus a true reading of Genesis Chapter 1 outlines the general creation of the WHOLE realm—universe, planets, time, et al. Then beginning with Genesis Chapter 2, the focus narrows dramatically and shifts only to the tribe of people specific to those who would eventually become known as the Hebrews. It is these people which the Celestial being, Helel, created and administered over. His job was to present the “face” of Almighty God to this creation. In this manner, Almighty God would have a relationship by proxy with His creation. This was the methodology God Almighty used for a specific, but multifold purpose. Each and every tribe of people created upon the whole earth were created in a similar manner by the hand of a Celestial being.
My lineage is English/Irish. I also have some Germanic and American Indian in the mix as well. I am like most people on the earth in that I am a mutt as far as my lineage is concerned. I am most certain that based upon my conclusions I am not of the creation of the Celestial Helel. That makes me no better or worse, it is simply a fact. My lineage came from the hand of another Celestial being. I do not know the beings name, but I am most certain that just as my lineage was created, so were others. Those others are as much human as I am, but they look differently.
I am going to use an example which most will find lacking or perhaps even gauche, but it will have to suffice for the purpose of this illustration. Consider that an auto maker designs and creates many different looking automobiles. They all fulfill an essential like function: transporting a driver and cargo, but they come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. I have often used a car and driver metaphor to explain the body and spirit. We humans do not realize that we are like the driver of a car. Because of this, we allow the car to drive us never understanding that we have ultimate control. We can step on the brake or the gas, we can steer left or right or straight, we can direct the car forward or put it into reverse. Most of us will spend the lifetime of the car encased within never realizing that all of the control of the vehicle was within our reach the whole time. Then the car finally breaks down for the last time and is beyond repair. We are forced to exit the vehicle and then see with clarity that it was really nothing but a shell; a mindless machine to which we gave over far too much control.
This is an imperfect, but hopefully somewhat adequate analogy between our spirits and our bodies. We can be created by Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Kia, GAZ, Nissan, etc., but we’re all just vehicles. We have different shapes and colors; some of us are faster than others, some of us are larger than others. Some make a different sound than others, but despite the differences, we’re still all the same. We aren’t chairs, we aren’t rocks, we aren’t trees, we aren’t battleships; we’re all a variation of a motorized vehicle which runs on wheels. The cars may have been created by separate companies, but the drivers are all created and supplied by God Almighty. Because of that, there is absolutely no difference from one driver to another; all are loved equally by their creator notwithstanding the type of car they drive.
These Celestial entities—the creators of our “temporal vehicles,” were our first link with the creator of our spirit “the driver.” But this proved to be an imperfect means by which God Almighty could connect with His spiritual creation within this temporal realm. This is not due to any deficit on the part of God Almighty; He was well aware of the outcome and designed it as such. One of the aspects of the spiritual realm which is lost on most Christians or people of faith is that God Almighty is teaching these spiritual entities at the same time He is also teaching us. By failing to fulfill their obligation to be the “face of God Almighty” to humanity, these Celestial entities realized that the bias they hold against humanity is completely unfounded and misplaced. God was able to show them that they are really no better than us humans. God then removed them from their role as administrators over humanity and took that role upon Himself in the personage of Jesus Christ. Christ freed us from the yoke of the Celestial’s rule and freed us to be with Him upon our passing from this temporal realm. At some point in the future (and I am not going to attempt to blow smoke at anyone on this score; I do not yet know how or when), Christ will take over administration of the entire realm from the Celestial entities as well. Thus far, God Almighty has allowed them to continue in this role, even though Christ has all authority.
Thus in the meanwhile, we will exist here on this planet for a very short period of time as measured against the whole in our different colored and shaped “cars,” all attempting to navigate our way through the world until our cars are no longer viable and we have to exit.
I earlier had mentioned Hitler, Himmler and their affinity for the Aryan race. I return to that now to point out the inherent danger in regarding one group of people as superior to others. Stripped of our bodies, we are all spirit. We are all created purposely by the hand of Almighty God. We are all given an opportunity to visit this realm no matter how briefly. To those of us who are given much, much is expected. This is not to only mean those with money are to use that money to help others. That is certainly a part of it, but Christ is speaking more to the point of what we do with the opportunities this small patch of time on this earth affords us. Will we use our time to attempt to surmount others, to elevate ourselves over other people, or will we use our time as Christ intended and be His face to our fellow man? Can we succeed where the Celestial rulers failed?
The flesh constantly pulls at us. The body is extraordinarily needy. We are so closed off from one another while we reside in the flesh that if we understood the pure unity that is in Christ, I don’t think we could bear to return to the isolation of the body. Much of this isolation could be overcome if we were honest and open with one another in love, but our humanity prevents such from being a part of our nature. Our bodies are a product of this realm. This realm is finite and so is our flesh. Our fleshly order of thinking is therefore placed on a default setting of “finite” which must be consciously changed. In order to change this setting, one must first be made aware of the need for the change. This is the function of the Christian; one who is in a relationship with Christ and who seeks to help others to join in that relationship. This is not a job for the fainthearted or the prideful. When Christ told us to count the cost of being a disciple, He was not kidding. (Luke 14:25 – 34)
Orthodoxy struggles with much of these concepts because orthodoxy is born of people who allowed the “cars” to do the driving rather than taking the control given to them by Christ’s authority. As I have highlighted in other commentaries, the pure truth of the Gospels have long been overshadowed by the agenda’s of man. Does such mean that I am not wrong in my conclusions? I suppose the most honest answer I can give is that I have reached my conclusions through much prayer and research. I had long pondered the situations respecting the various races on this planet and further pondered why if we are all cousins of a kind, we would believe some are better (or worse) than others. Orthodoxy had no adequate answer to the question and really neither did secular anthropology.
I had come to an early conclusion that perhaps the variant in racial makeup came about when “God” confused the languages of the people at the tower of Babel, but moved away from that model as it was simply not tenable. Later based upon finding in genetics, I considered that Adam and Eve were most likely created looking like a mix of all the variant of races which exist now on the planet. Through breeding with brothers and sisters sharing similar features and colors, certain genes were made dominate and others were made recessive. Over years, the dominate genes in these particular groups settled into what we now regard as present day racial make-up. I had to also abandon that model as untenable. It presumed far too much which was not supported by the evidence.
In the end the question remained with no answers. My conclusion with respect to the racial or lineage question I hold at present is not any more fantastic than is the Theory of Evolution, or Panspermia. If one is more comfortable believing these Celestial beings I have described as our creators and initial administrators as extraterrestrials, I suppose that is up to them. To describe a spiritual entity as an extraterrestrial would essentially be correct as they are not native to this realm. That they are in any way corporeal or humanoid in the sense we usually ascribe to ETs, I would have to politely disagree.
In the end, it is important to realize that Jesus Christ is creator God Almighty. He came to free us from our Celestial oppressors and when the time comes when we last close our eyes on this earth, we will become very aware that the variety of races enjoyed by humanity was a gift given to us which we have by and large squandered.