The ‘Curse of Ham’?

  As I was listening to the CD by Diana Waring today, as she was dialoging with Ken Ham (not to be confused with Ham, the son of Noah : ), they were discussing ‘the curse of Ham’. I had already learned that this ‘curse’ was what ended up being the black people being designated to slavery. I don’t know where this thought originated, but I would like to find out.

  If we go to the Bible, we find the origin of this ‘curse of Ham’ which really wasn’t a curse of Ham, but a curse of Canaan, one of Ham’s sons, and had nothing to do with black people serving white people. 

  Noah had gotten too much to drink of fermented grape juice or something that ended up with alcohol in it. Perhaps he was unaware of what alcohol does to a person, but whatever the reason, he appeared intoxicated, and was in his room naked. Not having all the details of what was involved, the Bible explains that Shem and Japeth covered Noah, but Ham violated Noah, while Noah was unaware of what was going on. The next morning when Noah was awake and realized what Ham did to him the day before, He pronounced a curse on Canaan. Here is what the Bible says about it:

“Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent.  And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned backward, and they did not see their father’s nakedness. When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said,

“Cursed be Canaan;
    a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”  Genesis 9:21-25 ESV

  It is important to remember that Canaan was a son of Ham, and he was the ancestor of the Canaanites, the most wicked people who have ever lived on earth. There is nothing said here that even implies that Ham was going to be the ancestor of the black people who would end up being slaves to the white people. This thinking most probably came from Darwinian thinking on evolution. Darwin explains in his book, ‘Origin of Species’ that the black people were less developed as human beings than the white people. It is amazing how many people actually have this as common knowledge and thing that this is true. No wonder there is so much racial tension in America today!


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