Acts 17:25-27King James Version (KJV)
25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
Today’s post is a small meditation on a point of theology that seems to me to be often reversed in our world today.
When people see the passage about making everyone of one blood, they put the emphasis on the one-ness. Well, Paul does mention that elsewhere — the fact that in Christ we are:
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
So there is the fact of oneness in the Acts passage. But perhaps we need to look at the opposite direction of the passage. He took one blood and created all nations from it. Diversification. Tower of Babel. The note is an emphasis on how God has split and diversified all mankind, to better help them to know him.
In much of the science fiction today, it assumes that men will become more alike, the “races” will blend and disappear. Now we know we are all one in Christ, but at the same time there will still be the distinction of races before the Throne of the end times, and that there will be nations in the new heaven and new earth.
Perhaps there is a reason we are meant to be distinct. We can learn more of and from other cultures, but it doesn’t mean we should lose who we are, that they might learn from us.
Just a thought. Haven’t figured out practically what it would mean. I only know that it seems the course of the world, as usual, infiltrates the church and goes against the course of the scriptures, while making us think that the spirit of the age is the eternal unchanging Spirit.