What does the Bible say about interracial marriage?


Thanks for the question.  I get asked this question almost on a weekly basis, so it is a concern of many people.

Bottom line the Bible does not, in any way, prohibit interracial marriage. Their are numerous restrictions about marriage, such as, marrying only one of the opposite sex, not to marry another's current spouse (not Biblically divorced), not close relatives, etc.  But race is not a factor in marriage. There may be some difficulties for the couple caused by the prejudices of the society, but in God's sight there is no sin.  Remember we "all" came from the same two grandparents (Adam and Eve), so we really are all the same.  The key is, as in all marriages--is God leading the couple to wed.

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