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A Divided Lie and a United Truth

The Truth about African American History and its Biblical Connection

The Lie About Ham, Noah’s Son


I was at a church service and one of the preachers said Ham, one of Noah’s sons was cursed and his complexion turned black. You see that is another reason I do not like to refer to my people as being black; it is inferring that we African Americans are cursed. Well. If someone calls me “black” I take it to be an insult, because to me it is a curse word, just like I don’t want nobody calling me "nigga”


This is going to be cleared up right now. Let’s start from where some people got Ham mixed up with his son Canaan, the one Noah pronounced the curse on.

Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.


And Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard. Then he drank the wine and was drunk and became uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father. Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father’s nakedness.

So, Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. Then he said: So, Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done to him. Then he said: Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants He shall be to his brethren. And he said: Blessed be the Lord, The God of Shem, And may Canaan be his servant. May God enlarge Japheth, And may he dwell in the tents of Shem; And may Canaan be his servant (Genesis 9:18-27).


Notice that Noah never said “cursed be Ham” he said cursed be Canaan, the son of Ham. Why did Noah say Canaan instead of Ham, I have no idea. But it is known the prophetic curse that Noah pronounced on Canaan, was fulfilled in Joshua 9:23, Now therefore, you are cursed, and none of you shall be freed from being slaves—woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God.


 Internet - Under the Gospel dispensation all the saints are priests, and they have a place in the house of the Lord; where they wait upon him in his ordinances, and serve him, and which they do continually. Some understand, by "nights", times of affliction, darkness, and desertion. 


Even though Canaan was cursed, his descendants also dwelt in the tents of Shem. When God told Abraham, He would be the father of many nations, that included Japheth ( he represented the Gentile race) and Canaan (Ham’s descendants). No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations (Genesis 17:5).


To dwell in the tent meant that all those God had ordained for salvation would be the same. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:28-29).

So, my brothers and sisters, whatever happened thousands of years ago, still have an effect on us today, if we let it. It is time to come together in the bond of unity. Unsaved people are looking at us, and the way we are being perceived by them is a turn-off.


The saddest part of all is to have people thinking that Ham was cursed and turned black is a lie from the devil. Ham was not cursed! Wouldn’t you want to serve like the Canaanites did? And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:18). 


~ Betty A. Burnett ~


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