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Is there such a thing as inter-racial marriage?

Inter-racial marriage implies that there are races.  In the Old Testament, God forbade the Israelites from marrying people from other countries/cities/cultures.  This was not done out of racial difference or prejudice but because the other people were pagans.  They sacrificed their children to their idols and did other terrible things that resulted in their eventual destruction.  We can see from Old Testament history what happened when the Israelites intermingled with those from pagan societies—they adopted their vile practices and lived in sin, forgetting all that God had done for them. 

Regarding marriage, God does not forbid the marriage between a light skinned and dark skinned person, but he does forbid the marriage between a Christian and non-Christian (2 Cor. 6:14), and the reason for that is because of the problems stemming from the Old Testament Israelites falling away from their faith.  Marriage is a blessed union, but it can be very difficult and requires 100% effort from both husband and wife.  How much harder marriage is when the couple doesn’t agree on spiritual matters!

 

It’s not about race
Source: Answers in Genesis

 

How can we understand genetics from dogs?

 Imagine two dogs: one with short hair and one with long hair.  Now imagine these two dogs leaving Noah’s Ark, reproducing, and spreading out across the world.  Some of the dogs travel North and enter into colder regions.  The short hair dogs suffer from the elements and are not able to survive.  They die out, but the long haired dogs survive because they have the necessary protection from the cold.  They are able to reproduce and pass on their genes, creating more long haired dogs who can withstand the harsh cold environment.  However, these dogs will only be able to produce more long-haired dogs because the short-hair DNA information is now lost.  On the reversal, if the long haired dogs stayed near the equator, it would be too hot for them to survive.  They would die out while the short haired dogs would thrive and reproduce.  This illustration shows why we see high densities of long haired and short haired dogs in cold and warm climates, respectively.

 

The long haired dogs survived in the colder climates whille the short haired dogs survived in the hotter climates. (Source: Answers in Genesis)

The medium length hair dogs below have the DNA for long hair and short hair, so they can produce a variety of hair lengths.  If two long haired dogs reproduce, they will isolate the genes and only produce long haired dogs.  This explains why we would see a certain trait carried on in animals or people in specific areas.  This can change when alternate DNA is introduced, such as a long haired dog breeding with a short haired dog. 

 

Animals lose DNA information when isolated. The long haired dogs will only be able to produce more long haired dogs until they mix up the DNA with short haired dogs again. (Source: Answers in Genesis)

 

Apply this concept to other traits we see.  People with darker skin live in sunnier regions where their skin is not affected as much by the heat and they have lower risks of skin cancer.  Light skinned people would not do well in these hotter regions because they are at risk of skin cancer.  On the other hand, people with dark skin who live in colder, less sunnier climates would not receive as much Vitamin D in their skin, thus they would be at risk for rickets and other vitamin D deficiency disorders.

When a specific trait like light-colored skin is lost and only dark-skinned people remain, the light-colored trait will not return until a dark-skinned person has a child with a light-skinned person. The child’s skin shade would be determined on the dominant and recessive genes.  If that child had the light-colored skin, he/she would be able to pass on that trait to another generation.  However, if the environment was not favorable to them (if they got cancer, for example), then their chances of survival or successful reproduction would be lower.  Neither the dark-skinned nor light-skinned people “evolved” to their surroundings, but rather, their already existing favorable traits allowed them to survive and thrive in that particular environment.

 

Are people’s skin color Black, Brown, and White?

We commonly refer to people of African descent as “Black,” people of Middle-eastern descent as “Brown,” and people of European descent as “White,” but these are not accurate representations of the skin colors.   Although the word “color” is used in other articles, it is not the best terminology to use when referring to skin tones, but for the sake of these articles, its meaning is understood and has no racist implications.   Black is the color of this text, and white is the color of the background, but we don’t see people with those actual colors (except in cases of albinism).  The color of skin in humans is determined by a pigment called melanin.  This is a brown pigment, and people have either a large amount (causing dark brown skin) or lesser amounts (causing light brown skin).  All people, except for those with the albino mutation, have a shade of brown skin, not black or white.  It is interesting to note that the majority of the world’s population is considered medium-brown.

 

From very light brown to very dark brown.  Notice the background is white and the children’s shirts are black.  People are not white and black by that definition (Source: Answers in Genesis)

 

Does the Bible mention different races of humans?

 

The racial hierarchy according to evolution
Source: Answers in Genesis

 

Scientists have classified humans in the following groups: Caucasoid, Mongoloid, and Negroid.  The Bible refers to people groups as nations, tribes, tongues, peoples, and families, but it never uses the word “race.”  There is only one raceof humans and that is the human race.  Variations in appearances do not necessitate placing people in different groups because these variations are so minor in light of how they are presented in the DNA.  The difference between any two people genetically is only 0.2%, and the physical features that define us (eyes, color, etc.) makes up only 6% of that 0.2%, equaling only 0.012% difference due to race!

 

The actual genetic differences are minute
Source: Answers in Genesis

 

Where did all of the different people groups come from?

 

Source: Answers in Genesis

At the time of the dispersal at Babel, there were all types of skin tones, eye, mouth, nose, and ear shapes and sizes.  These genetic traits were specific to the families present.  After the dispersal, the families separated, carrying the same genetic traits and passing them on within their family.  In Asia, many of the people have the trait of black hair and an extra layer of fat in their eyelids.  Most likely, one family went to the Asian continent and spread out to form different countries (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, etc.) where all of these traits are still seen today.  Latin Americans and American Indians have similar skin tones, implying that they may all be direct descendants.  We see dark skinned people primarily living in hot regions, and light skinned people living in colder regions. 

As families trekked across the globe, the dark skinned people suffered in the colder areas because they did not get enough sun light, thus causing a vitamin D deficiency.  On the reversal, families that were light skinned suffered in hot areas because they got sun burns and skin cancers.  This is where survival of the fittest comes into play.  The fit ones—the dark in the sunny areas and the light in the not so sunny areas—were able to survive and continue reproducing, causing a great population density of their particular genetic traits.  To help better understand genetic isolation, see the following article: How can we understand genetics from dogs?