Baptist views on inter racial dating
There are a significant number of Christians (particularly in America) who would claim that such “inter-racial” marriages directly violate God’s principles in the Bible, and should not be allowed.
) make it clear that when a man and woman marry, they become one flesh (because they were one flesh historically—Eve was made from Adam).
Also, the man and woman must be one spiritually so they can fulfill the command to produce godly offspring.
The truth though is that these so-called “racial characteristics” are only minor variations among people groups.
If one were to take any two people anywhere in the world, scientists have found that the basic genetic differences between these two people would typically be around 0.2 percent—even if they came from the same people group.12 But, these so-called “racial” characteristics that people think are major differences (skin colour, eye shape, etc.) “account for only 0.012 percent of human biological variation.”13 In other words, the so-called “racial” differences are absolutely trivial—overall, there is more variation one group and another.
If a white person is looking for a tissue match for an organ transplant, for instance, the best match may come from a black person, and vice versa.
In , we read of the rebellion at the tower of Babel which resulted in people being scattered over the earth.Because of this dispersion, and the resulting splitting of the gene pool, different cultures formed, with certain features becoming predominant within each group.
Some Christians point to this event in an attempt to provide a basis for their arguments against so-called “inter-racial” marriage.Personally, because of the influences of Darwinian evolution and the resulting prejudices, I believe everyone (and especially Christians) should abandon the term “race(s).” We could refer instead to the different “people groups” around the world.The Bible does not even use the word race in reference to people,10 but does describe all human beings as being of “” (1 Corinthians ), this is why the Gospel can be preached to all tribes and nations.Darwinian evolution was (and still is) inherently a racist philosophy, teaching that different groups or “races” of people evolved at different times and rates, so some groups are more like their ape-like ancestors than others.The Australian Aborigines, for instance, were considered the missing links between the ape-like ancestor and the rest of mankind.1 This resulted in terrible prejudices and injustices towards the Australian Aborigines.2 The leading evolutionary spokesperson, Stephen Jay Gould, stated that “Biological arguments for racism may have been common before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of evolutionary theory.”3 Racist attitudes fueled by evolutionary thinking were largely responsible for an African pygmy being displayed, along with an orangutan, in a cage in the Bronx zoo.4 As a result of Darwinian evolution, many people started thinking in terms of the different people groups around the world representing different “races,” but within the context of evolutionary philosophy. What if a Chinese person were to marry a Polynesian, or an African with black skin were to marry a Japanese, or a person from India were to marry a person from America with white skin—would these marriages be in accord with biblical principles?