Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Is interracial marriage wrong? Does the Bible teach that it is wrong to marry outside of your race?

Interracial marriage is NOT wrong. Some suppose that the Bible condemns all interracial marriages because of a command given to the Israelites in (Deuteronomy 7:3-4) which states:
You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly.
The aforementioned command was given only to the Israelites and not to all people for all time. Also, there was a specific reason that this command was given (ie. idolatry). God wanted to keep his people (the Israelites) separate from the sinful nations around them. The Gentile nations were idol worshippers. If the Israelites were to marry people from those societies, they may be converted to idol worship. God forbade them from intermarrying to keep them from being corrupted by sinful practices. 

The only way this verse may be applied today, would be as an illustration to encourage a Christian to marry a fellow Christian. It is possible for a non-believer to pull a believer away from Christ and into a sinful lifestyle, thus it is wise to marry one who shares your same beliefs. The New Testament never states that it is wrong to marry outside of your faith, but it would make sense to marry someone who is going to help you achieve your spiritual goals. 

God does not judge a person by their race, but instead by their faith. There are NO New Testament passages that forbid a person from marrying outside of their own race. 

By Cliff Sabroe (quotes from ESV Bible)