Does God Forbid Inter-racial Marriage?

inter-racial marriageCan a Christian marry a person of another race? I’ve been told that God forbids inter-racial marriage.

 

Wikipedia defines the concept of race as the classification of humans into groups based on physical traits, ancestry, genetics or social relations, or the relations between them. In other words, the concept of “race” is a man-made concept.

In reality, there is no objective, scientific standard for defining a race of humanity, since the standards for determining race are arbitrary. In fact, it’s impossible to identify a person’s “race” simply by examining their DNA, because all human beings differ from one another to some degree in physical traits, ancestry, genetics or social relations (since no two people are exactly alike). Therefore, these normal variations are meaningless apart from whatever meaning we may assign to them. Continue reading

Should We Show Forgiveness Toward Others?

forgivenessJesus said in Matthew 6:14-15 that if we aren’t willing to give forgiveness to others, He won’t forgive us. Aren’t we already forgiven by faith in Christ alone?

Regarding Matthew 6, Jesus is speaking temporally, not eternally. Notice the context:

Matthew 6:14-15 (NKJV)

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Jesus said if we forgive someone, then the Lord will forgive us. Jesus equates the two types of forgiveness. God’s forgiveness of us is contingent on our forgiving others. As we try to understand Jesus’ words, we must first remember that we have no power over the eternal fate of another person, for Christ alone is our Judge: Continue reading

Which day of the week did Jesus die?

JesusMany churches teach that Jesus died on a Friday and rose on Sunday and He was in the grave for three days. If you count the days, there are only two days between His death and resurrection…is that wrong?

The traditional teaching within the church is that Christ was crucified on a Friday, and churches commonly observe the Friday before Easter Sunday as the day of Christ’s death, but this observance is a matter of church tradition and not a Biblically accurate portrayal of Christ’s death.

Scripture says clearly that Jesus would spend three days and three nights in the grave: Continue reading