Scripture on interracial dating
In fact, society should use terms like “people groups,” “cultural groups,” or “ethnic groups,” rather than “races,” when referring to humans around the world.So the question on interracial marriage that Christians should be asking is “How should a Christian approach the topic of marriage between people groups?
The Bible emphasizes this by stating that a Christian should never knowingly marry a non-Christian.” Despite some Christians’ incorrect application of passages such as , which has nothing to do with marriage but only the dispersion of nations over the earth, the Bible does not prohibit marriage between people groups.However, within different people groups, certain mixes in marriage are frowned upon, to the point of some exhibiting great prejudice and carrying out severe persecution against such couples.During that time, so-called mixed marriages between a Japanese and a non-Japanese American were greatly opposed.Times change, and today such marriages are usually accepted without question.The secular world also recognizes the prejudice behind such situations.
In the same report concerning the Human Genome Project, we read, “The criteria that people use for race are based entirely on external features that we are programmed to recognize.”2 Christians need to examine such matters from a biblical perspective, instead of blindly following their cultural programming or prejudice.
Modern observational science confirms that this is the case.
When the Human Genome Project was completed in 2000, scientists announced that they had put together a draft of the entire sequence of the human genome and “the researchers had unanimously declared, there is only one race—the human race.” The report also stated: “But the more closely that researchers examine the human genome—the complement of genetic material encased in the heart of almost every cell of the body—the more most of them are convinced that the standard labels used to distinguish people by ‘race’ have little or no biological meaning.”1 This means that from a biblical and observational scientific perspective, interracial marriage is nonexistent.
The principle in , certainly applies to a marriage: “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. Thus the only form of interracial marriage the Bible talks and warns about is marriage between a Christian and a non-Christian.
For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? Even the Israelites were told not to marry the pagan Canaanites.
Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother’s womb.