Race Mixing or Miscegenation?
In an article entitled “Racemixing is Not Christian” by Mark Downey, he argues against “race mixing”, saying it is a sin. He is identified as a Pastor.
Race mixing is a term used to cover such things as interracial marriage, sexual relations, and procreation among different races. Race mixing is sometimes called miscegenation.
In my article I will show that Race Mixing is in fact Christian and not a sin according to the Holy Bible.
In his article Rev. Downey clearly fails to rightly divide the word of truth as the Bible instructs us to do.
First of all he begins by presuming something the Bible does not reveal: the race or color of skin of Adam and Eve. No where in the Bible does it say what race or color Adam and Eve were in the sense we use race today. That is even true for Jesus for that matter. It is possible that Jews in Jesus day were of a variety of races and skin color.
Moreover, with regards to those who say Moses married a Negro, Mark says “…they convey the idea that the Ethiopia of today is the same as it was 3,500 years ago. Why anyone would presuppose that demographics remain static over millenniums is mind boggling.”
To him I say the same can be said of the demographics regarding ancestry claims of whites. How does anyone know with absolute certainty what race or color of skin was in Europe or anywhere else 3, 500 years ago?
To his credit he does not attempt to say for certain that the curse of Ham resulted in the creation of the Black race. He says “We know from secular history that the black race was in existence long before the days of Noah”. Is he saying the Bible does not tell us Blacks existed prior to Noah or even when they came to be so that we have to look to secular history? Of course one should not rely on secular history to determine biblical doctrinal truth.
According to his knowledge/belief Blacks existed before the flood. So then however the black race came to be it happened before the flood according to Mr. Downey. This means their existence carried over after the flood.
But wait a minute there were only eight (8) human beings who lived through the flood: Noah and his wife, his three sons, and their three wives. All other humans died in the flood.
But for blacks to exist before and after the flood that would mean someone in Noah’s family was black. That means there was race mixing in Noah’s family. So then if whites are Noah’s descendants and are pure. Well that means Blacks are Noah’s descendants and are also pure. Well of course this goes for all other races. Of course, this same biblical doctrinally sound logic goes all the way back to Adam and Eve since all humans are descendants of Adam and Eve regardless of race. So if any race is pure all races are pure. If any race is impure all races are impure. Well indeed, the Bible says outside of Jesus Christ we are all impure. Yet, Jesus accepts all who would come to him regardless of race. Thus, there are no superior races.
In closing let us look to the lesson Peter learned. Note that the referenced scriptures in Acts 10 and Deuteronomy 7 are not specifically about race but rather about nations. Yet, it is reasonable to apply the principle taught to the question of race as well as nations.
In Acts 10:28 Peter says “And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” (See Galatians 2:11-14 for similar scriptures.)
The word unlawful in Acts 10:28 as reference to laws such as the Mosaic law (e.g., Deuteronomy 7:2-3) and the then traditions/teachings of the elders. Indeed God at one time did forbid the Jews from intermarrying and otherwise having similar close relationships with foreigners in general. Yet, Rahab was an exception among others. So we know even such prohibition was not absolute.
Also, there is no biblical certainty that the prohibition was based on race. Instead, it strictly or at least mostly was based on being an Israelite and a non-Israelite. Certainly, one would expect some of the non-Jews to have been white.
Peter shows that under the New Covenant which Jesus brought in, scriptures such as Deuteronomy 7:2-3 are no longer applicable.
Enough Said! The End!
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