May 3, 2017

Religion, Philosophy, and Technology
The Health of the Nations

Review: We have seen how from three families of people (Shemites, Japethites and Hamites), all from the three sons of Noah, have been apportioned specific responsibilities from God with corresponding specific capabilities for the fulfillment of these responsibilities.

  1. To Shem, the responsibility for man's religious and spiritual well-being.
  2. To Japheth, his mental well-being.
  3. To Ham, his physical well-being.

It is not to be implied that every Semite has tended to be more religiously minded, and every Japhethite more interested in intellectual exercise, and every Hamite more mechanically inclined or more practical than members of the other two families. All that is intended is that the great religions of the world – both the true and false religions – have their roots in the family of Shem, all true philosophical systems have originated within the family of Japheth, and the world's basic technologies are Hamitic contributions.

THEME: When all three families work together as one, the world is in balanced harmony. Civilization as a whole will advance because the purposes of God are being carried forward. But as long as there is racism, division, war and superiority of one peoples over and against another, there will be no peace.

No society prospers which is overly materialistic, or overly intellectual, or overly spiritual. Man is neither an animal nor an angel. He cannot dedicate himself to mere physical survival and the exploitation of his animal appetites. Nor can he dedicate himself to nurturing his soul to the neglect of his body. And by the same token, of course, he cannot retire to an ivory tower either, for he starves in body and soul.

One of the effects of the Fall is to rob man of a proper balance. Man becomes a creature of extremes, of improper enthusiasms, of unbalanced dedications, and correspondingly of a tendency to fatal neglect. Many neglect their spiritual life in our materialistically oriented culture. Many neglect the needs of the body in the mystically oriented cultures of lndia. Many neglect the exercise of their minds, as primitive peoples have often been accused of doing. Any such neglect violates human nature and severely hinders the normal development of the whole man. Both excess and neglect are equally unhappy in their consequences and serve rather to heighten than to restrain the disastrous effects of the Fall.

Neither the spiritual contribution of Shem, nor the intellectual contribution of Japheth, nor the technological contribution of Ham really benefit man as they were intended to do without the balancing constraint of the other two. God has come to redeem the world and to redeem individual people.

REDEMPTION – is God’s plan to restore individuals and civilization as a whole to that which was intended in the First Adam. History can only be understood in terms of God’s movement in this world.

The Revelation of God to Man in the Person of Christ

In harmony with this view of history that after the revelation of Himself had been established through the Old Testament – the nature of true religion, of true worship, of what God required of man and of what man might hope for in God – and after God had "fulfilled" the Old Testament revelation of Himself in the Person of Jesus Christ His Son, as well as seen to it that the details of His message and lifework were sufficiently preserved in a record, the Gospels – then God turned to the Gentiles, the Japhethites, to take this body of religious truth and set it forth as a Christian theology.

God used Hebrew for the Old Testament and probably a form of Semitic speech, namely, Aramaic, as the basis of the Gospel record. But then He turned to a Japhetic language in order to convert this revelation into a structured organic systematized faith, in short, into a theology. Scholars have recognized the uniqueness of Semitic forms of speech, and particularly of Hebrew, as a vehicle for the presentation of truth which concerns man's soul, and then turned to Japhethetic languages as the most perfect vehicle for the organization of this revealed truth into a Christian theology.

The Communication of the Gospel to the World

  1. The Hamites – their gods are gods of power and strength who crush enemies and get things done.
  2. The Japhethites – their gods are those with human intellectual perfection (Greek and Roman gods).
  3. The Shemites – their God (monotheism) is the God who redeems the soul of man.

The Semitic languages favor a World View which is religious and spiritual in color. The Indo-European or Japhetic languages favor a World View that is reflective and favorable to philosophical thinking rather than the Divine. The reminder of the world's languages, or Hamitic languages, are of such a kind that they do not encourage reflection or abstract, but concrete, specific, particular thinking, leading to a very practical view of things… Ask a Hamite how many apples, for example, would there be if he had two and you had two, the Hamite would not say "four" but more probably, "Well, I do not have two apples!"

Semites put the emphasis on behavior (wrong behavior made right), while Indo-Europeans place the emphasis on thinking right (philosophy) with an emphasis upon the abstract, and the Hamites view of the world is an entirely practical one, rooted in the present, uninterested in the abstract, interested in particulars rather than categories, earthy, and very largely disinterested in unlikely possibilities.

Cultural Missions

The Gospel of Jesus Christ spreads among the Hamites through food and water.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ spreads among the Japthethites through intelligent conversation.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ spreads among the Shemites through a discussion of sin and the soul.

Conclusion:Since we are one family, it would be wise to know your brothers.

(Adapted from Arthur Custance, Noah’s Three Sons, Part V).


See Appendix 23The Evolution of Racism