Are there references in the Bible that forbid marriages between different races ( black to white, korean to white ). This is a big problem where I come from and I would like to know the truth.
I am giving you a portion from a similar question first. I would suggest that you read the entire previous question and answer first, before continuing on with this answer. The previous question can be seen at, “http://www.pathwaynet.com/libertyb/question/prequest/races.htm“.
Here is a portion from that previous answer: “God had purpose and design in giving people who spoke different languages very distinctive features. For one thing, it has kept them basically apart for all of these centuries now (yes, different races do intermarry today, but it is still not the normal practice). Man could have learned the languages of other nations, eventually, and could have been all one, big, rebellious family against God again — just like at the Tower of Babel. But when God separated them by language, He also allowed other features to quickly come out that would help to keep them apart. I do not think that the different skin colors and features have anything to do with some being more cursed than others. I think it has everything to do with God’s desire to keep the people’s of the earth somewhat separate from each other. Because God knows that when the earth gets all together, they will end up rebelling against Him. That is exactly what is going to happen in the end time. There is going to be a “one world church,” a “one world government,” and a “one world philosophy” — all against God. It is going to be a world-united church against the one true way of salvation through Jesus Christ. It is going to be a world-united government that will stand up against the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It will be a world-united philosophy that true Christians are “bad, narrow-minded, and the true problem upon earth.” The different races are intermarrying more and more today, but through the differences in language and distinctive features, God has kept them basically apart until their final day of worldwide union and rebellion against Him.”
Genesis 11:6 says, “And the LORD said, Behold, THE PEOPLE IS ONE, AND THEY ALL HAVE ONE LANGUAGE; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” The Bible emphasizes there, first, that “the people is one.” Then it says, “and they all have one language.” There is that definite push today, worldwide, to all become “one” again. And that “oneness” will end up in rebellion against God.
Despite the language difference at the Tower of Babel, mankind could have gotten right back together in several years. They could have learned each other’s languages, and God would have had to do something else to keep them from becoming one again. So God not only changed their “languages,” but He also changed their “looks,” (not instantly, like their languages, but by sending them out in small groups which married amongst themselves. See the previous question and answer for how this was accomplished). Any honest person must admit that it has worked (the differences in language and looks), for the most part, to keep the peoples of the world somewhat separate.
Because of the above findings in my Bible study, I do not encourage interracial marriages. No race is less than the other, but it was God’s desire to keep the people of the earth somewhat separate for these centuries to keep them from all getting together and rebelling again. To intermarry between the races is to break down those differences that God has used to keep mankind from uniting and rebelling again.
This does not mean that a person who has intermarried, or is the product of intermarriage is under some sort of curse today. The fact remains that there are examples in the Scripture of intermarriage. Salmon married Rahab, the harlot of Jericho (Matthew 1:5), and Boaz married Ruth of Moab (Ruth 4:10), of which both marriages are in the line of David, which is the line if Christ. Ruth 4:13-22 says, “So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David. Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.” So God can greatly use people, despite what has taken place in the family line. God looks at the heart.
Moses married an Ethiopian woman (Numbers 12:1), which caused his brother and sister to murmur against him (which trouble is often the case in a family when there is an interracial marriage). God did not openly rebuke Moses for marrying her, but rebuked Aaron and Miriam for murmuring against a leader which God Himself had chosen. God’s silence in the matter does not mean that He approved of Moses’ marriage, any more than God’s silence meant that He approved when Abraham listened to Sarah and married Hagar the Egyptian; or when Jacob ended up marrying four women; or when David married many women. God uses us despite our faults and failures in life. Psalm 130:3,4 says, “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” Let us determine to seek and follow God’s perfect will to the best of our abilities.