He grew up as a missionary in a different culture than his own and speaks the language, is it sinful for him to want to marry one of that race rather than one of his own race? (no bias toward his own or any other race).

If he knew it was God's will he would marry whomever God wants, whether of that race or not. But to him he naturally likes the culture, language, etc of the race he grew up in.

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    While no doubt there would certainly be some Christians who think so, most are pretty convinced that racism is wrong. – curiousdannii Aug 3 '20 at 14:52
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    Are you asking us if it permissible for a pious and devout Christian (presumably [the son of] a missionary) to marry a non-Christian ? Or whether it is forbidden for preachers and missionaries to marry their parishioners (similar to how psychologists deem it unethical to become romantically entangled with their clients) ? Or simply if Christianity considers it a sin to marry someone of another race or ethnicity, even if both of them might be Christians ? – Lucian Aug 3 '20 at 15:18
  • I'm asking if it's sin for a believer to want to marry another believer of a different race rather than a believer of their own race – Marcos Requena Aug 3 '20 at 15:41
  • Moses married an Ethiopian woman and was criticised for it (by Miriam and Aaron). But scripture makes no criticism, Numbers 12:1.The Bride in the Song of Solomon says 'I am black but comely', Song of Solomon 1:5. – Nigel J Aug 3 '20 at 16:56
  • @Nigel J That makes sense and I appreciate that answer. But it just does not feel right to do so within the united body of Christ, even if it feels natural. How do you reconcile a God who shows no favoritism with this? – Marcos Requena Aug 3 '20 at 17:18

The question is based on the assumption that race exists.

Biblical terminology for race has been used to classify human races, based on proposed Biblical lineage from the Table of Nations in Genesis 10, since antiquity.

The early modern biblical division of the world's races into Semites, Hamites and Japhetites was coined at the Göttingen School of History in the late 18th century – in parallel with the color terminology for race which divided mankind into five colored races.

Identifying human races in terms of skin color, at least as one among several physiological characteristics, has been common since antiquity. Via rabbinical literature, the division is received in early modern scholarship, mostly in four to five categories. It was long recognized that the number of categories is arbitrary and subjective. François Bernier (1684) doubted the validity of using skin color as a racial characteristic, and Charles Darwin emphasized the gradual differences between categories. Modern genetics has completely nullified the concept of there being multiple human races.

  • So it's not right for a believer to want to marry a believer of a different culture rather than their own culture first? It seems like it would be sin, but if so how can it be repented of and forsaken when it seems so natural to the individual form growing up in that culture? Please note it has nothing to do with the terms race or skin color. – Marcos Requena Aug 3 '20 at 15:50
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    "culture" is a very fluid concept. For example, French and Dutch culture are very different. Where do you draw the line and why would it matter? – Codosaur Aug 4 '20 at 7:38
  • There are distinct geographic language and physical differences. As well as different customs, interests, food, and in general, compatibility. – Marcos Requena Aug 4 '20 at 14:20
  • In many cases, the "line" is a physical country or regional border. That is where the line is drawn – Marcos Requena Aug 4 '20 at 17:06
  • So, by that reasoning, someone from California should not marry someone from, say, Idaho? And there are no different customs and interests present in local communities and social groups? Factors like distance, taste, culture and religion do not guarantee higher compatibility. In fact, studies say the opposite. – Codosaur Aug 5 '20 at 8:20

There is no scripture that condemns interracial marriage. We MUST go by scripture and not 'what seems', or 'what person xxx believes'. If the Word is silent on a particular subject, then we have to ask Him to reveal to us.

Since you cannot find any scriptures described, the answer should be obvious-- it is not sin regardless of what anyone thinks unless they can quote you book, chapter and verse of a scripture that states otherwise.

  • Aren't we told, however that "God shows no partiality"? So then, is it a sin to prefer physical and cultural characteristics in a potential spouse (seeing that the spouse is Christian, of course). Is this attitude racist or sinful? – Marcos Requena Aug 3 '20 at 17:13
  • Indeed: God is no respecter of persons. Can you find any scripture which speaks of preference of any physical/cultural aspect as being a sin? "For there is neither Jew nor Greek..." – user50470 Aug 3 '20 at 17:17
  • No, not necessarily. There is no Jew or Greek sure, but we don't want to justify the world's accusation of being racist either. I'm not saying it is racist, but some evangelicals would say so. I'm trying to look at it biblicaly and repent if it's sin. Basically, Christ did not save us based on our culture or physique, That is true love. Should not we want to love like Christ? – Marcos Requena Aug 3 '20 at 17:23
  • Sorry I am not following you. Can you find any scripture which speaks of preference of any physical/cultural aspect as being a sin? Yes or No. – user50470 Aug 3 '20 at 17:25
  • No I can't. At least not directly. – Marcos Requena Aug 3 '20 at 17:32

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