What Does The Bible Say About Interracial Marriage?

Name: Anthony
Question: Does the Bible speak about relationships between different races?

Answer: Anthony, thank you for the question.

The Bible does not speak of interracial marriage one way or the other. The fact that God’s Word is silent on the issue leads me to believe, if God was against it, He would have declared it.

However, we still have much to discuss from a Biblical and common-sense perspective.

The Bible On Interracial Marriage

God did tell Solomon and the Israelites not to take husbands and wives from the other nations.

The big question is why?

Turn your Bible with me to,

1 Kings 11:2
Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.

God’s reasoning had nothing to do with race. God said the Israelites cannot marry the other people as they would “turn away your heart after their gods”.

We have to remember, the people surrounding the Israelites were heathen people. They did not know, much less acknowledge our God, instead, they had their own gods and culture built around them.

God knew, if the Israelites married into the other people, the Israelites would also become worshippers of false gods and reject Him. So that is the reason God did not want the Israelites to marry these people. Not due to their skin color. It is very important to make that distinction here.

Multi-Racial People

I want to give you something else to consider...

Many people tend to get caught up in this subject and quickly forget mankind's progression. Thousands of years have passed since the sixth day of Genesis. That means to a large extent, the races have mixed with each other over time.

While someone may think they are pure in their race, a DNA test may quickly change that perspective. I know people who thought they were full blood of a specific race, only to find out they had Caucasian in their blood. You would have never known by looking at them though.

So what should that individual do then, never become married due to their mixed blood?

That is ridiculous and it is one reason why we should always remember,

...The LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7

Most of the time, man can only look skin deep, while our Father always looks at, and judges, our heart and soul.

While God created the races distinct and said they were “very good”, (Genesis 1:31). God knew His children would certainly intermingle over time, and He never said a word against it in Scripture. That speaks volumes.

The Eternity

For those who are multi-racial, there is no problem.

In The World That Was, God created us in our perfect spiritual body that never gets sick, old, or dies, (1 Corinthians 15:35-55). When Jesus returns, we are going back to those bodies, and I believe we will look as we did in that former age, (see: What Were We Like In The Beginning?).

Remember, during the Eternity there will still be various races of people, (Revelation 21:24). So God will place things in the order He deems at that time. We have nothing to be concerned about here.

Kind After Kind

It has been said, each race should stick to their own kind. Yet, that is something man came up with. God's Word makes it clear,

All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.

1 Corinthians 15:39

This means all races belong to one and the same kind, humankind. Each race is not a different kind.

God Blessed Ishmael

Then we have the story of Abraham, the father of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Abraham’s wife Sarai was unable to have children at the time, so Sarai gave her maid Hagar, an Egyptian, to be Abraham’s wife in order to conceive and have a son, which they did named Ishmael.

Sarai became jealous and demanded Abraham banish Hagar and the child. Though “grieved” by the thought, Abraham at God’s request followed through, and sent Hagar away into the wilderness with his son Ishmael, (Genesis 16:2-4, 17:9-14).

Now wandering in the wilderness, Hagar and Ishmael were out of water and death seemed certain. Hagar then cried out to God, He not only heard her, but “the angel of God” spoke to Hagar from Heaven.

Comforting Hagar God said, “I will make him (Ishmael) a great nation”. God then opened the eyes of Hagar and she saw a well which provided life saving water for her and Ishmael, (Genesis 21:15-19).

And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.

Genesis 21:20

God was with Ishmael, and God promised Abraham,

And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation.

Genesis 17:20

You must now ask yourself, if God was so against interracial marriage, and the resulting children.

  • Why did God never condemn it?
  • Why was God with Ishmael, half Israelite, half Egyptian?
  • Why did God bless Ishmael?
  • Why did God make Ishmael, the father of 12 princes who became a great nation?

I want you to think about that.

Does God Bless Interracial Marriage?

We have now covered all Scripture that is available to us on this subject, so let me ask you two questions.

  1. Can you really control who you fall in love with?
  2. Which marriage do you believe our Father would bless the most?
  • Marriage between a blue couple, where one or neither of them love God.

OR

  • Marriage between a blue and purple couple, where both love God greatly and live by His Law.

Everyone already knows the answer to that question.

If the blue and purple couple are both Christian, honor God, and love each other, where is the sin?

God judges the deeds, the soul of the individual, not the individual based on their skin color. God will and does bless interracial marriages when the family stands with God, just as with any other skin-colored family. That is just common sense.

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