What does the Bible say
about Interracial Marriages?
engaged to a beautiful Christian woman. We have so
much in common, except for one thing: OUR RACE. I'm black and
she's white. Some of my friends at church are telling me that God
is against interracial marriages. They even have tried to use the
Bible to prove it. Is God against interracial marriages? And what
does the Bible say about this?
Bible Answer: God is
absolutely NOT against interracial marriages. God only commands
us to marry people of the Christian faith. He's concerned about a
person's heart, not what color of skin he or she has. There is a
humorous story in the Bible that clearly illustrates God's hatred
Moses' sister Miriam disagreed with Moses'
decision to marry an Ethiopian woman. Ethiopia is in east Africa,
just north of the equator--this is a location of the black race.
Moses married a black woman. Miriam's prejudice is evident:
"...Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the
Ethiopian woman whom he had married..." (Numbers 12:1).
I love how God responded to Miriam's prejudice
against Moses' black wife. God turned Miriam's skin white as
snow! Through this, God was saying to her: Miriam, if you think
that black is ugly, then white must be beautiful. So I'm going to
give you extra white skin.
Miriam soon discovered that white wasn't more
beautiful than black. Finally, her younger brother Aaron cried
out to Moses in behalf of his sister: "Please, my lord, do
not hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed"
Prejudice is a foolish sin. Prejudice is
ignorance gone mad. After Miriam learned her lesson the hard way,
Moses prayed for her healing and God answered.
Let's learn from this story how God hates
Some people might ask, "Why did God forbid
Israel from intermarrying with surrounding nations?"
The reason for this was not the color of their
skin or their national origin, but the condition of their heart.
These people were idol worshippers. They did not believe in the
One True God. The same principle applies today for us born-again
Christians: We should not marry anyone who is not born again.
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