Red: The Origin of All Skin Colors?

I have a theory about where all of the skin colors came from. Revelation 4:2-3 says that God’s skin color on the throne is “jasper and carnelian,” in other words, the color of blood-red gemstones. We all know that Adam was created in the “image of God” (Gen. 1:27). It might be possible that Adam’s image was a carbon copy identical twin image of what God looks like, sort of like Flynn and Clu in the movie Tron: Legacy. Adam was made from the “dust” in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:7). This place is reputed to be where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers had met (Gen. 2:10-14), which is currently in modern-day Iraq, just slightly northwest of the Persian Gulf. The clay in this area is what you might call red Indian clay, which might have been the color of Adam’s skin, and also of God’s skin.

In art, we understand that there are three primary colors: red, green, and blue. Since red is one of the colors upon which all other colors are based, it stands to reason that white-skinned, black-skinned, brown-skinned, and yellow-skinned people must have all originated from the red skin tone that Adam and Eve were. Currently, there are no red-skinned people in the world. Native Americans are not red-skinned, even though there is a popular misunderstanding about it, they are brown-skinned: there was a tribe that used to use red war paint, which gave birth to this misunderstanding. The Queen of Sheba was a black-skinned woman and attributed her skin color to the melanin or dark pigmentation from generations of sun exposure in Africa (Song of Solomon 1:6). Melanin is a skin chemical that causes freckles in white-skinned people. But in general, the opposite is true of the white-skinned people of Europe, who had migrated far away from the equator into the northern countries, with pale white skies, and tons of white snow. Their skin developed a deficiency in melanin due to their decrease of sun exposure. Over time, the different people groups changed their skin colors as they bred within their tribes, were exposed to the sun at different levels, and adapted their skin DNA to the melanin levels of their ancestors. It took thousands of years for this to happen, but it appears that we all might have come from the primary color of red skin…the color of Adam…and the color of God.



I had another additional thought to that the other day. We all bleed red regardless of our skin colors (Acts 17:26, KJV). As if to say, this color was close to the color of our skin a long time ago.



Let me point out that talking ABOUT race and ADVANCING A RACIST IDEOLOGY are two completely different things. There is nothing here about one race being superior to another. I am only speculating about the nature of the unity and origin of all people groups!

— UPDATE: 3/29/22

A creationist ministry that I respect differed from my views.

The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers; and the Location of Eden. They said, “We take issue with your idea concerning the Tigris and Euphrates. The modern rivers that go by these names are not the same rivers that the Bible refers to when describing the location of Eden. Even if they were, the flood completely reshaped the surface of the earth (it was not a tranquil flood), and we should not expect the clay present in that region to match the pre-flood world. It is far more likely that after Noah departed the Ark, people began re-using names of old locations that were destroyed by the flood.”

I can’t accept this view, because Genesis was revealed by God to Moses and written by him on Mount Sinai, long after the flood was over. To say that the Tigris and Euphrates of Genesis 2:14 are not really the Tigris and Euphrates but that they were just other rivers that were re-named: is to express doubt in the plainness of the Scriptures. For them to say emphatically, bluntly, and with absolute certainty as they do, “The modern rivers that go by these names are not the same rivers that the Bible refers to when describing the location of Eden…It is far more likely that after Noah departed the Ark, people began re-using names of old locations that were destroyed by the flood,” is in plain contradiction of Genesis 2:14. If Moses and the Bible say that those rivers are the Tigris and Euphrates, and that they locate Eden, then I trust that they really are; and that “there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” I trust that a paranormally intervening and vision-giving God is more than capable of assisting Moses, the greatest prophet who ever lived, besides John the Baptist, of locating the rivers which point to the former location of the Garden of Eden. This again points back to the red Indian clay of that region–which resembles the “jasper and carnelian” color of Revelation 4:3, as being the possible color of Adam and Eve’s skin.

The Physical Appearance of God. Another issue that they took with me was the possibility of Adam being a carbon copy image of God, because to them, the incarnation of Christ was the only time that God physically appeared in human form. I take issue with that as well. Genesis 3:8: “They heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” God was walking in the Garden of Eden like a man. Whether he fully manifested in physical form, I can’t say; but this was a theophany. This happened not only to Adam and Eve, but also to Abraham, Jacob, and Moses (Gen. 18:1; 32:22-32; Exod. 24:9-11).

The Skin Color of Adam and Eve. They also had reason to believe that their skin color was brown, like all middle easterners in the Iraq area. I think this might be a generally reasonable assumption, if it weren’t for the fact that modern-day Iraqis are living 6,000 years after the creation. But to be as accurate as possible, if Adam and Eve were made from the “dust” of red Indian clay as I assume they were in Genesis 2:7, then to be perfectly honest, it is not really the color red we are talking about. Not the color of blood. We’re really referring to a reddish-brown like the dirt on the planet Mars: the color of rust, which if you look into the origin of that word, appears to be a combination of the word red and the word dust: red dust then becomes the word rust.

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