There is nothing in the Bible saying it is wrong to date or marry a person of a different race.

In America, as we continue to see the influx of people from all different cultures, who have all different colors of skin, it is imperative that we search the Scriptures so see how we should live.

Actually, the prohibitions were not strictly against Jewish-Gentile marriages as racial mixture, but against believer-unbeliever marriages (cf. Solomon was judged for marrying, not simply foreign women, but foreign women who believed in false gods.

Just last year, a church in Kentucky barred an interracial couple from worshipping together (that ban was eventually overturned due to widespread outrage).

And with a quick search on the Web, I discovered many sites and articles arguing the viewpoint that interracial marriage is unbiblical.

This is exactly what happened in Israel, according to Malachi .

A similar principle of spiritual purity is laid out in the New Testament, but it has nothing to do with race: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. Just as the Israelites (believers in the one true God) were commanded not to marry idolaters, so Christians (believers in the one true God) are commanded not to marry unbelievers.

This is where the apostle Paul rhetorically asks, "What fellowship hath light with darkness?

" In accordance with the Old Testament teaching, Paul is simply prohibiting believers from intimate fellowship with unbelievers. There are absolutely no grounds in either the Old Testament or the New Testament to prohibit interracial marriages.

We have unhelpful comments from people like Taye Diggs "jokingly" perpetuating the stereotype that black women are harsh and hard to deal with.

Or then there's the wrongheaded idea that black women are less physically attractive ...

As Martin Luther King, Jr., noted, a person should be judged by his or her character, not by skin color.