Bible doesn't ban interracial marriage
|Dear Dr. Graham:
Does the Bible prohibit interracial marriage? Our son has gotten very interested in a girl whose parents are from Asia, and while we think she is a fine girl, I have to admit we are not sure if he is doing the fight thing. What does the Bible say, if anything?
Dear Mrs. R.S.
There admittedly may be practical problems in some cases because of cultural differences or because of social prejudice which have to be considered, but as a general principle the Bible doesn't prohibit interracial marriage or say that a person must only marry from his or her own racial or ethnic group.
Moses married a woman from
grounds for saying that one race is superior or
inferior to any other race. We are all made in the image of God, and
Christ came to "purchase men for God from every tribe and language
and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9).
another ethnic group (known as the Cushites) -- although it did cause some controversy (see Numbers 12:l). The judgment which fell on those who created the controversy, however, showed that they were in the wrong, not Moses (Numbers 12:9-15). Every human being is created by God; the Bible reminds us that God "from one man ... made every nation of men" (Acts 17:26). The Bible gives us no
The Following is quoted from pages 200 and 201 of
Acts 17:26-27, (26) And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to
dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before
appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; (27) That they should seek the
Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far
from every one of us:
Pastor Jackson says, "Many people like to quote verse 26 which declares, And hath made of one blood all nations of men . . . in order to proclaim that all races of the earth are one. First of all I would like to point out that these scriptures have nothing whatsoever to do with miscegenation. Did the men of Athens call for Paul to teach them a Bible study about interracial marriages? No! Paul was stirred in his spirit when he saw the city given to idolatry (verse 16) and came to preach them the good news of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let's stick with the issue. Dr. Ruckman's comment:"
"In 1958 in a city in Kentucky, a group of America's top religious personages met to discuss the problem of segregation and integration. They represented graduations of Protestant theology from Practical Atheism to fundamentalism. At this round table a remarkable thing happened which every Christian should note. Every man there who took the side of race-mixing as a Christian duty cited Acts 17:26 as a proof-text for his Christian conviction.
Acts 17:26 was quoted again and again to show that Segregation was un-Christian. The text reads as follows: And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; Not one man at that table quoted the verse as written!
"Every man that relied on it stopped at the word EARTH and dissected the verse as neatly as a Campbellite ever dissected 1 Peter 3:21! Think of it! With all the religious attainments and scholastic degrees and Christian profession represented at that meeting there was not a man there who dared to tell the people what the English Bible said! Most of the men who quoted it not only refused to finish the verse and the context but even rejected Alford's correct Greek reading, found in the King James, where it says BLOOD.
"This omission was so obvious among the liberals it was almost pitiful or embarrassing to watch. In order that the gullible masses might believe the Bible condoned making all nations one, the word Blood was carefully knocked out of the Greek text in the RSV and ASV, and the New English Bible. (The AV is much more accurate from the standpoint of science, as the only similarity between the races is the blood. Their physical characteristics, which differ, originate in the genes and chromosomes.) The most shocking thing about all this bushwhacking in Kentucky was that the context of Acts 17:26 goes on to say that God's purpose in setting boundaries was so men could seek the Lord! (Acts 17:27) Those that remove the bounds are hindering God's work, not aiding it (Hosea 5:10). The passage, then, cited buy these race-mixers is the very passage that condemns and rebukes them for violating the laws of nature and of God. Small wonder that none of then finished the passage!
Hosea 5:10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
Whom God Has Joined Together
Acts 17:26-27, (26) And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
Question E11: In the news article Dr. Graham quoted Acts 17:26 as saying "from one man...made every nation of men" . In your opinion, did Dr. Graham's accurately quote Acts 17.26?