Friday, January 11, 2008

Is the Bible against Interracial Marriages?

There are many people who claim that the Bible is against interracial marriages, and homosexuals even argue with Deuteronomy 7: 3 that if one was to be against homosexuality, he or she should be against interracial marriages too. The only problem is that they misuse that passage because Deuteronomy 7:3-4 (Christian) from my father’s house; Genesis 24:3-4; 28:2 (believer) are all referring to inward transformation. God is against a godly person marrying a godless one. That is the only condition God lays out for the Children of Israel. He even exemplified it by endorsing the marriages of Moses (Hebrew) and Zipporah (Midianite) Exodus 2:21; Boaz (Hebrew) and Ruth (Moabite) Ruth 4:13 who were all interracial couples. This paper will show you that the Bible fully approves interracial marriages, and it has never been against it.
                 Notwithstanding, there are major differences between intercolor marriages with homosexuality that they could not be compared together. Homosexuality does not procreate; meanwhile, intercolor does, which is a task God has assigned to mankind Bible (Genesis 1:28; 9:7).
Homosexuality is prohibited out rightly in the, but there is no such prohibition against intercolor marriages. There is a clear injunction against homosexuality in the Bible. (Leviticus 18:22). This is an injunction against Homosexuality and Lesbianism. Lot called it wickedness (Genesis 19:4-8) and God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for it. God calls it abomination rewarded with death (Leviticus 20:13). The Bible calls them sons of Belial (Judges 19: 22 but read the entire story: very interesting). The Apostle Paul says they are in error by practicing homosexuality and lesbianism (Romans 1:26-27). Paul tells Timothy that homosexuality and lesbianism are against sound doctrine (I Timothy 1:10).
It’s unfounded to say interracial because one race exits on earth; humans. The term intercolor would be more appriopriate because we have light skin /aabb/ (Caucasian) Mixed /AaBb/ and Dark Skin /AABB/ (African descent). Noah, 10 generations from Adam had Ham, Shem and Japheth. Ham (black) intermarried to give the mixed race. Intercolor marriages cannot be equated with lightness and darkness or sinners and righteous since “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:21). That means, that there will be sinners among white people and there will be sinners among black people. Taking a wife from your family can now equalized to marrying someone form the same of Christ. That is they should be born again like yourself. After all, Intercolor marriages do not face more problems than identical color marriages because the divorce rate among same color surpasses inter-color. Inter-color marriages will reduce or eradicate racism or color barriers as Jesus taught us.
Samaritan was someone from Samaria. Samaria was first a town inhabited by Jews. Later the King of Assyria Esar Haddon invaded Israel. Many males from the Northern Kingdom whose capital was Samaria were deported to Assyria and foreigners from Cuttah (present Tell-Abrahim), Ava, Hamath and Sepharavaim were placed there (2 Kings 17:24; Esra 4:2). The mixed race that developed between the foreigners and the remnants of Jews became known as Samaritan. This intermarriage between foreigners and the Jews who were left in the land resulted in a mixed race (impure) in the opinion of Jews who lived in Judah, the Southern Kingdom. The impurity was due to the fact that this new community will deviate from worshiping the God of the Hebrews.
The "purebreds" Jews (from southern Kingdom) hated these "halfbreds" (from Nothern Kingdom). That means, the Samaritans in turn hated the Jews. They even thought that Samaritans were possessed (John 8:48) with demons. So many tensions arose between the two peoples that Jews traveling between Galilee and Southern Judea walked around rather than through Samaritan territory even though this lengthened their trip enormously. But Jesus had no reason to live by such cultural restrictions, and so he traveled directly through Samaria during his ministry. He will later heal a man in Samaria (Luke 17:11-19). He crowns it all by using the illustration of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) to scold the sanctimonious Jews.
Therefore, we too today should not consider cultural and social barriers. There is no difference between the poor man and the rich man. There should be no overturning of whites and blacks when communion and interactions are concerned because the same blood of Jesus that washes our sins away is the same that washes our neighbor’s. The same grace to the Jews is the same grace to the Gentiles. As you know well, all humans bleed red. In short, the same grace to the Jews is the same to the Samaritans. Jesus by crossing through Samaria and healing the Samaritan leper despite unpopular opinion of His days, portrays that boundaries and restrictions don't just matter in Christ. Please, love and marry who you like, the color you like and the person you like if your happiness is enveloped in them taking into consideration their spiritual family.

Until then, it is godly to intermingle.

St Arrey of Ntenako

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