Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Bible versus Kinism: Part 1

Advocates of the kinism heresy maintain that the Bible supports racial segregation in general, and forbids interracial marriage in particular.  According to kinists, races should be geographically isolated from one another, and social orders should be devoid of racial diversity.  In this series we refute these foolish and heretical teachings.

First, we should note that kinism contradicts the Bible's teaching in Deuteronomy 21:10-13:
"When you go out to war against your enemies, and the LORD your God gives them into your hand and you take them captive, and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire to take her to be your wife, and you bring her home to your house, she shall shave her head and pare her nails. And she shall take off the clothes in which she was captured and shall remain in your house and lament her father and her mother a full month. After that you may go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife."
Notice that these verses sanction interracial marriage between Israelites and their enemies.  So much for the notion that the Bible forbids interracial marriage.  And there's more:

"A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 7:39)
According to this widows may marry whomever they want--including those of other races.  The one restriction given is that she can't marry unbelievers.

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