What the Bible Says about Racial Intermarriage

Our modern culture of diversity and inclusion is not opposed to racial intermarriage or any form of race-mixing. Increasingly, this lifestyle is promoted and accepted as “normal” in the media and entertainment industry, government policy, and churches. Fewer people of any race than ever before oppose such a practice as forbidden. Tolerance is the new religion of “love” and it feels so right!

Secular and Religious

It matters not whether a favorable acceptance of racial intermixture in marriage comes from the secular realm or the religious world. Both are in agreement. Racial intermarriage is okay.

I can understand why the “new age” religions would accept this. Most of them are based on either Hinduism or this idea of “the universe” – whatever basis they have for “it just feels right” or “it’s all about love.”

But the Catholic and Protestant religious systems, who claim to be conforming to the biblical standard, are just as supportive of racial integration. It makes sense though. If the consensus of opinion is that all races came from Adam, then all have a common origin and are, therefore, equal. So, why not marry interracially and produce racial mixes? It makes no difference. Many would call that “biblical.”

What the Bible Says

Of course, as I have said before and consistently wrote about in my books, there is also absolutely no evidence in the Bible, history or genetic science regarding this assumption which is commonly accepted as fact. There is no provable foundation to say that all races have a common origin in Adam.

What the Bible does say is that God created Adam, male and female, in His image and likeness and commanded them to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:26-27. And then, from the first Adam and Eve, children were born and successive records of genealogies show a direct, unbroken descent (Genesis 5, 10 and 11). The “nations” of the Bible are all of one race – the race of Adam and Eve. The nations of the Bible do not include any other race nor does the Bible imply the popular, all-inclusive “human race” theory.  The problem is that the “Christian” religious world would like to add in their theories about how this one racial family line somehow became all the races and racial subtypes we see today.  See my discussion of this in Book Four, God’s Covenant Creation.

Instead of just admitting the plain, simple evidence of what the Bible says, they have complicated things by going beyond Scripture, integrating their own scenarios. Of course, they just try to justify their approach of racial intermarriage and the universal racial application of the Bible. How would they ever justify world missions otherwise?

The Critical Issue

There are two differing conclusions about racial origins and racial intermarriage. But it’s not just a difference of opinion that can be debated academically, as if there were no critical consequence. Consider the following logic:

  1. God chose to create a race of people in His own image and likeness.
  2. He did so to give them a commission and purpose – to “be fruitful and multiply” and to “subdue” and “rule” the earth.
  3. God set the Adamic race over all the rest of creation in order to administrate everything according to God’s laws. We could say that God created Adam to rule in His kingdom like an owner of an estate equips how son to manage it. God equipped Adam to perform that function by creating him in His image and likeness.
  4. That rulership and commission would be inherited by Adam’s physical descendants.
  5. As God created Adam in His image and likeness, so that image was passed on to his descendants. The critical connection is revealed in Genesis 5:1-3:

1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created.   3 When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.”

God’s image and likeness in Adam and his wife was passed on to Seth and on down through a special family line to Noah (Genesis 5). By implication, this image and likeness of God was retained throughout the generations of Adam.

Consequence of Racial Intermarriage

So, what happens when that image and likeness is broken by non-Adamic racial intermarriage that produces racially-mixed children? No longer is that racially pure image and likeness of God retained. It is completely compromised and significantly diminished.

The biological DNA integrity is necessary to retain the integrity of God’s image and likeness. If the DNA is compromised, so is the image and likeness of God. Thus, God’s created order for Adam and all of His creation is forever obliterated.  This is encompassed in the commandment “Thou shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14).  Adultery means to mix something that was pure (subsequent statutes in regard to race-mixing can be seen in Leviticus 18:23 and 20:15-16). The marriage relationship is sacred and the key to protecting the race of Adam in order to fulfill God’s commission and purpose for creating Adam in the first place. That’s why it was the death penalty to commit adultery in any form.

The Bible says that racial intermarriage destroys God’s created order of authority and the integrity of the Adamic race and their purpose to rule and reign with God in righteousness, order and peace.

Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv

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