Melanin


Acts 17:26 (Bible, New Testament): "From one man he (God) made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands." ******************************************************************************************************************************************** I believe climate change, not evolution, is the reason for different human skin colors. This theory is my deciphering. 
If others believe something similar, I haven’t heard of it, but that wouldn't be the first time.  

Growing up in the white, rural Midwest, I didn't meet met a black person until I was 17. But in the 1960s, TV had a lot of bad news about blacks, and evolution inferred that each race came from a different colored monkey. 
From a white evolutionist-perspective, blacks were having a tough time of it. 

After all, this was a primary reason for Darwin's mid-1800s research; the negro race's  assumed inability to function at the same level as white society. (terminology of the 1960's) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2672903/ 

After I got Jesus-saved, I began to look at blacks differently. I had always believed that white people were created by God, but wasn’t sure if black people had a different origin, as evolution suggested. I began to investigate the origins of the races via the Old Testament, in the late 1980s and through the 1990s. Above is a graph about early human life. 
Find one that you can read easily.
 
The best part of this theory is that it makes all colors related to the others, so we need to get along better. 

God timed the Flood to begin shortly after Noah's father and grandfather died. 
There were at least five generations of Noah and descendants that lived at least 400 years, post-Flood. 
After the flood, Noah's family was repopulating, and decided to build the Tower of Babel. 

God disapproved, so He confounded their language and they scattered. They became different people-groups.
Then came the separation of the continents 'during the time of Peleg'. (Genesis, Chapter 10), after Peleg was born, 
but before he had any children. This was an ancient method of timekeeping. 
So the initial separation of the continents happened within a 30-year segment of history. Cataclysmic, no doubt. 
 
Notice how after Peleg, lifespans were cut in half, yet again. I suspect because of the environmental trauma of the continents separating. 

Genesis 2 :4 
"This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. 5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground." 

Before the Flood, I believe everyone was white-skinned, because the earth was covered with clouds and UV rays did not reach the earth the way they do now.  Therefore, melanin was not needed, but was in reserve in our genetic code; not a slowly-evolved product of necessity, but by the foresight of God.  An example of this is newborn black babies. When they enter the world's light zone, they begin to darken. 

This melanin-adaptation seemed to be a two-step process:
 
1) the initial UV adjustment after the flood. 
2) the separation of the continents during Peleg's youth, which formed ocean gyres, 
     which in turn, created arid expanses and cloudless deserts. 

Continents shifted dramatically, and each part of the earth gained substantially different climates. 
Melanin levels of each people-group adjusted to their post-Babel locations, in relation to the equator after the continental separation. 

Who would intentionally move toward the Artic Circle thousands of years ago, without modern technology? 
Suggested migration patterns make more sense, when placed in the context of the Peleg-era continental repositioning.  
People didn't move from the equator toward the poles, as much as the continents carried them toward the poles. 

Shortening lifespans due to UV poisoning, locked human melanin ratios into our DNA. 
We no longer live long enough to adjust our melanin levels to environmental conditions. Hence, our colors, no matter where we live. 


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