THE RACE OF MANKIND
According to the Scripture, the descendants of Adam should properly be listed into two separate lines of descent. One line of descent would be that of the unbelievers, irreligious and lawless line of the Evil One, called also the Serpent. The other line of mankind would be the devout and religious children of God. Concerning these two lines of descent there always exists enmity and an implacable war, as is written: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed.”
The first-born son of Adam and Eve was Cain who became the leader of the unbelievers and irreligious and evil line of decent. Maliciously he attacked and killed his only brother Abel. Abel was of the line of the religious, devout worshipers of God. Then Adam fathered Seth who became head of the religious and just worshipers.
Seth begat Enos, who hoped in the Lord. The fifth in descent from Seth was Enoch, son of Jared, and he pleased God so much that he was translated without death. It was revealed to men in those days that a redeemer and savior of the race of man who would live a righteous life before God and man. But the wicked and corrupt men did not believed or accept a redeemer of men, they lived only for the pleasures of the flesh and delights of this quickly passing life. They also belittled and mocked the good counsel of the righteous.
After two thousand years from the time of Adam, the descendants of Seth called also sons of God, were overcome with the beauty of wicked women, fell from their own moral and upright life and became depraved. Then the Lord by means of the flood destroyed them from off the earth. But He saved Noah, with his three sons Shem, Ham and Japheth and their wives by means of their preparing an ark built to preserve them.
After the deluge of the flood the whole race of man was reckoned from the three sons of the Sethite Noah, Shem Ham and Japheth, of whom Ham after dishonoring his father received a curse in place of a blessing and then became the leader of a new evil line of generation. But the descendants of Shem, Ham and Japheth, 531 years after the flood in the year 2,715 B.C. were scattered over the face of the earth, founding many nations with different languages. They forgot God, lived an impious life and impiously worshiped creatures instead of God, corrupting themselves with everything evil thing, indulging solely in wickedness.
In the year 2100 B.C. the Semite Abram, who was later called Abraham became leader of the religious line of those who inherit the promises of God. God made a covenant of the coming of Christ who through this man would come into the world and the salvation of man through their faith in the Savior to be born. The descendants of Adam from the beginning and after the flood, snd the descendants of Noah were distinguished into two opposing generations, one of God and the other of the Devil, being the enmity which God mentioned. Accepting these two generations one honoring God and the other serving the Devil, we see the results in the race of men, some doing acts of evil and others doing only acts the are good and beneficial to all.
The new man Jesus Christ will come just as promised and will bring salvation and life into the world, inviting all men to enter to choose this life and be saved. Many are called but few are chosen.
According to what men choose they can be rendered happy and blessed or render themselves cursed and wretched. May the Lord have mercy upon all of us.