But in each of these circumstances, the problem is not the other people’s “race,” but rather their spiritual condition. God knew that if they took wives and husbands from these ungodly groups, that they would be tempted and led away from their devotion to the one true God.
In fact, the Israelites and the Canaanites were very closely related biologically. (This is indeed what happened in several situations.) Some people erroneously claim this verse to mean that people from different nations shouldn’t marry.
The family is the first and most fundamental of all human institutions that God ordained in Scripture.
A simple study of this passage, however, reveals no such message.
It’s clear from the context that God scattered the people at the Tower of Babel because of their disobedience and arrogance.
But does the Word of God really condemn such mixes?
Is there ultimately any such thing as “interracial marriage”?
A Christian should never knowingly marry a non-Christian.
And the analogy that Paul uses with the yoke is a graphic one.He is expounding on the attributes of the one true God—the characteristics that distinguish the true God from all of the false gods that the Greeks were following: As John Gill makes clear in his classic commentary, the context is that God is in charge of all things—where, how, and for how long any person, tribe, or nation will live, prosper, and perish. By the time you get to 6,000 years later, a person’s DNA is full of mistakes (called our “genetic load”).To conclude that this passage forbids marriage between people groups is absurd. When Christians legalistically impose non-biblical ideas such as no “interracial” marriage, they are helping to perpetuate prejudices that have often arisen from evolutionary influences. Brothers, sisters, and cousins are more likely to have many of the mistakes.However, this passage has nothing to do with marriage.The context of this passage is Paul’s sermon to the Greeks of Athens on Mars Hill. As a result of sin, God no longer holds everything together perfectly. When genes are copied from one generation to the next, the mistakes are usually passed on as well.Christians are to train up godly offspring who marry godly offspring who in turn train up godly offspring and so on.