1.2 The Creation of Man

 The Book of Genesis starts with creation:  God created the heavens, the earth and the inhabitants of the earth in 6 days (Gen 1).  The sequence was:

        Day 1 -- light and dark, day and night

        Day 2 -- a separation between the waters of the Heavens and those below        

        Day 3 -- earth and seas, grass and trees        

        Day 4 -- sun, moon, stars        

        Day 5 -- sea creatures and birds        

        Day 6 -- animals and humans

Here is how the Bible describes the creation of plants and animals:

        Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds" (Gen 1:11). 

        God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds (Gen 1:25).   

Contrast these verses with the creation of man and woman:

        So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Gen 1:27). 

There are multiple "kinds" of birds, animals and plants, but only one "kind" of man.  This principle is underscored later when God commands Noah to shelter animals on the ark:

         Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive (Gen 6:20).

But the only human occupants of the ark were Noah and his wife, 3 sons and their wives. There were not multiple kinds of humans.

 

Therefore, at the very beginning of history, race is not a factor, it is not mentioned.  It is not, to use a different idea, fundamental.   This puts the Bible at odds with all racial ideologies, especially religious ones, which posit some kind of difference in essence or quality between races or ethnic groups.