Rodric's opinion of the Restored Gospel's doctrines change as more revelation comes. In the meantime, reasoning and perception rule the day.
The subject of the curse of Cain continued through Ham is a cancerous sore blighting the face of Black Saints' psychology that will not disappear and must be slowly treated. Others who enter The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints need to have a current point of reference when the knowledge of the priesthood ban and its connection with the Hamitic curse is thrust upon them by some concerned relative or gloating rival.
There was a curse pronounced upon Cain, but it was not that his skin was black. His mark was a blessing so that those who saw him and his kind would not slay them.
— Rodric Anthony Johnson
Written In the previous article, The Truth About Blacks and the Curse of Cain: Origins, regarding the curse of Cain, are the origins of the teaching in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church was not the only mostly White religion that taught along the lines of a curse on Blacks due to being the descendants of Cain; however, it was the only church claiming to be the Lord's Restored Church at the time. The implication is that such a teaching would be considered fact by practicing Latter-day Saints.
Blacks in the Scriptures.
Darius Gray and Marvin Perkins have undertaken a cultural approach to refute the centuries-old attitudes and myths relating to Blacks in the scriptures and unofficial Restored Church theological perspective. Latter-day Saints have standard works including the Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrine and Covenants. Gray and Perkins use these records and their intellectual prowess in a collection of DVD's called Blacks in the Scriptures.
Darius Gray & Marvin Perkins
Scriptures about the Curse of Cain
- Moses 5:22-41 - Cain's Curse
- Genesis 4:11-16 - Cain's Curse
- Abraham 1:21-27 - Egyptus Lineage Curse towards Priesthood
- Genesis 9:18-25 - Canaan Cursing
What is the Curse
The article Adam & Eve: Hope in the Covenant Child offers perspective on how Cain came to be the father of Satan's lies and cursed of the Lord. After the Great Deluge with Noah as the new Patriarch of the human race, the curse of Cain was perpetuated in a child of Ham, Canaan, who married one of the daughters of Ham's lineage, most likely a cousin.
There was a curse pronounced upon Cain, but it was not that his skin was black. His mark was a blessing so that those who saw him and his kind would not slay them. What was truly sinister about Cain is his worship of the devil. His children perpetuated it. There is no indication that his skin color or race became Black, but his soul and practices were definitely black.
Egyptus could have been no kin to Cain but preserved the curse in the land because she practiced the arts of Cain and taught them to her children after the Great Deluge, the children of Ham. There does not have to be any blood relation for that to occur. Either way, Egpytus was cursed.
There was a curse upon the descendants of Ham through Canaan, who was Ham's fourth son, for uncovering the nakedness of his father Noah. Without further information, it makes no sense for Noah to curse one of his grandsons.
Why not all the children of Ham? Why this particular son? Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut are also the children of Ham and there is no curse pronounced upon them. Also, the curse is not a skin color or race. It was to be servants to the children of Shem who would be blessed of the Lord.
Speculation and Keys of Leadership
Was the curse possibly an acknowledgment to Ham that his descendants would not be able to hold priesthood keys? Priesthood keys are the authority to govern how the priesthood is used of those who hold it in regard to ordinances of salvation.
The prophet under the direction of Jesus gives keys to people to officiate in specific areas, Bishoping and such. The prophet also removes keys when the service is completed.
Ham had many sons, but only one of them specifically was told that he did not have the keys of presidency, authority to preside. That does not necessarily mean that none of his children through Canaan would be able to be ordained to the priesthood of God. It means that they could not officiate as leaders as Pharaoh apparently did claim that right through Ham as recorded in Abraham, the first pharaoh.
This is one theory, though, Abraham 1:26-27 specifically states that despite Pharoah being righteous, he was of the lineage that had no rights to the priesthood. One of the qualifications of having rights to the priesthood is righteousness. something else prevented him as Noah states in the curse on his grandson.
Was it only Pharoah whose seed could not hold the priesthood? Who is the seed of Pharoah? Is it all those of African descent, making all those with that heritage royalty? It has not yet been revealed.
It has been revealed that all racist teachings advanced in the past to explain Brigham Young's ban on Africans from the priesthood the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not acknowledge or take responsibility for--heretofore disavowed. In so doing, however, the Church does not say that the teachings are all false, just no longer acknowledged.
The essay written with leadership approval on behalf of the Church states as its concluding portion
Today, the Church disavows (It does not acknowledge or take responsibility for] or [rejects as true or just) the theories advanced in the past that black skin is a sign of divine disfavor or curse, or that it reflects unrighteous actions in a premortal life; that mixed-race marriages are a sin; or that blacks or people of any other race or ethnicity are inferior in any way to anyone else.
There is a spectrum here in this statement. Disavow can mean anything from disassociating to repudiating, as in acknowledging the falsehood of something. I say it was false to ban Blacks from the priesthood based on obscure scripture and no revelation.
What Comes Next
The Truth About Blacks and the Curse of Cain: Answers Through Revelation Only. No soul sat idly by in the war commenced in heaven. All of God's children participated including Cain.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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