What was the Curse of Cain?

03 April

1 John 2:9; “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.”

 Today in Mormon History; “125 years ago today -Tuesday, March 29th, 1892 — [Abraham H. Cannon] I asked Jos. F. Smith why it was that Ham’s son Canaan was cursed instead of Ham for exposing his Father’s person. He said that the Prophet Joseph is credited with saying that the sin of Ham consisted in trying to castrate his father, Noah, and kill his brothers, Shem and Japeth, so that he might become the head of the nations of the earth. Ham had married a daughter of Cain, and by him the curse was carried through the flood. The seed of this union is the Egyptians, who are not black, but after Ham’s curse, his seed was entirely black. Hence the difference between the races who now inhabit Africa. …”

Gen 9:25-27; “And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. 26 And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. 27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.”

Oh, what a tangled web we weave!

The stories, and speculations these people came up with were quite the wonder. When I read the e-mail I received from Today in Mormon History (noted above), little did I know the story about Ham was actually a pretty well known theory at some point.

You can read more about this unbiblical theory, and two other crazy ideas about the curse of Ham/Canaan at Blue Letter Bible.

A few things we know for certain are as follows –

1.In Hebrew Ham’s name is ‘ḥām’, and it means hot. Here’s what Strong’s has to say –

“the same as <H2525> (cham); hot (from the tropical habitat); Cham, a son of Noah; also (as a patronymic) his descendant or their country :- Ham.”

2.Nothing in the LDS narrative is true. Here’s what God had to say about the curse He placed on Cain –

Genesis 4:11-15; “And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; 12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. 15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.” [emp. mine]

3.When we don’t adhere to the word of God, mankind can come up with new doctrines from who knows where!

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