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Inter-racial marriage

Submitted: 2/9/2005
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Question: I would like to gain a better understanding of what the Bible says about inter-racial marriage. I have seen the following Scriptures given to support the idea that it is ok. Exodus 2:21 'And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.' People say that Zipporah was 'black' - I assume because Gershom was near or 'is' modern day Ethiopia? Acts 17:26 '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.' One arguement I hear against the idea is to look at nature - 'You don't see a Robin and Blue Jay together...etc.' While I understand and agree that, due to cultural differences and the potential ramifications that 'mixed' children may endure, inter-racial marriage may not be considered wise. But I cannot find a biblical foundation to rest on and tell someone that it is wrong. I only want to gain as much information as I can on this subject so I can make wise decisions and righteous judgements in the sight of God. Thank you so much for your input. God Bless

Answer: We are not aware of any verses in the Bible that deal with inter-racial marriages. As you say, there can be difficulties and additional stresses due to cultural attitudes. But we are not aware that the Bible either forbids or endorses inter-racial marriage.