The atheist claims that God is a racists because He tells the children of Israel not to intermarry with people who are not His children. Does He do this because He does not like people of other races? Or, is there a much deeper spiritual truth to be learned from this teaching on not intermarrying with the Gentiles? You can find the atheist’s argument here.
God separates the children of Israel from the Gentiles so that they can be different by living according to God’s standards.
The Hebrews have their origins in Abraham, who was called out from among the Gentiles. God created the Gentiles first when He created Adam and Eve and populated the earth through them and their descendants. Only after about 2,000 years did Abraham come on to the scene and God began setting apart the Hebrews. God does not love the Hebrews more or love the Gentiles less. The Scriptures proclaim that “God is no respecter of persons” meaning that He does not show partiality. The Golden verse of the Bible (John 3:16) reveals that God has the “world” in mind when He does what He does. That means every man, woman, and child from every nation, race, and language. God sets the Hebrews apart to accomplish a two-fold purpose: 1) to make them an example to the rest of the world of what it means to live an obedient lifestyle to God and 2) to bring about the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, through the Hebrews, to be a blessing to the entire world and fulfill His promise made to Abraham. Of the two, the Hebrews were not in control of the second. They just had to allow God to work. They were in control of the first. They were to obey God at all times setting a living example for the rest of the Nations to follow. In order to remain an example by living a life of obedience, the Hebrews were not to intermarry with the Gentiles (pagans). Why not? There are several answers but we will start with the Apostle Paul’s answer.
Do not be deceived : “Bad company corrupts good morals.” (I Corinthians 15:33)
If the Hebrews married the Gentiles, the Gentiles would corrupt the Hebrews instead of the other way around (the Hebrews influencing the Gentiles for good). Where did Paul get this idea from? Do not forget that Paul was a great student of the Old Testament. King Solomon is the best example of this. You can read his story in I Kings 11. The author of I Kings borrows a quote from the Torah.
“I will fix your boundary from the Red Sea to the sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the River Euphrates; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you. “You shall make no covenant with them or with their gods. “They shall not live in your land, because they will make you sin against Me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.” (Exodus 23:31-33)
This is the warning that God gives to the Hebrews before they entered the land of Canaan. There are more details to the why in Exodus 34:
12 “Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst. 13 “But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim 14 -for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God – 15 otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice, 16 and you might take some of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters might play the harlot with their gods and cause your sons also to play the harlot with their gods.
And finally in Deut. 7:3 we find the specific command of not intermarrying with the Gentiles (pagans):
“Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons.
So, let’s put all of this together and see why they were not to marry the Gentiles.
1) Bad company corrupts (they will be corrupted by the pagans)
2) They will cause them to sin against God (serving false gods and being a snare)
Solomon had these warnings and commands. In fact, he was to write a copy of all of these commands (the Torah) and read from them every single day. He really had no excuse yet he fell into the trap and the Gentile wives became a snare to him, turning him away from God, as well as his people, and causing the land to be divided and conquered.
The atheist does not seem to realize that God forbids the Hebrews from intermarrying with the Gentiles, not because of the race of the Gentiles but because of their lifestyles. God has the same message to Christians today. Unfortunately, many women (and men) who call themselves “Christians” do not follow this advice. I counsel so many people who married nonbelievers (while they say that they were believers) and are suffering the consequences of that. God does not want the Christian to marry a nonbeliever because “bad company corrupts good morals”. What can light and darkness have in common? God does not forbid marriage to a certain race but instead, He forbids marriage to people who are not obedient to Him because that spouse will corrupt you and definitely be a snare to you. God is not a racist. The atheist just does not know how to think logically through all of the data. He just latches onto something and then makes up what he wants. He shows his lack of intellectual integrity (God calls him a fool and he proves it through what he believes and promotes). Please do not be a fool. Listen to the Word of God. God wants you to have a successful marriage, and it is possible, even in the 21st Century. You just need to obey Him and watch how blessed you will be.
- All Israel Shall Be Saved. (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)
- The Time of His Birth (eudoranachand.wordpress.com)
- Old Testament Saints…New Testament Saints (ptl2010.com)