All nations, races and colours are equal in Christ,

and there is nothing wrong with inter-racial marriages

That is what most Christians believe. Explaining why this is the truth might therefore seem unnecessary, if it wasn’t for the fact that until around 2009-2010 I did not believe it to be true and wrote about it on this website and elsewhere.

Why all nations, races and colours are equal in Christ

The whole Bible, all the 66 books of the Old Testament and the New Testament, is the Word of God. But the covenant between God and mankind is the New Testament (the New Covenant), not the Old Testament (the Old Covenant).

In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” (Heb 8:13)

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ” (Gal. 3:13-14)

Under the Old Testament one nation, Israel, was more favoured by God than the other nations of the world. But under the New Testament people of whatever nation, race and colour they belong to are equal in the eyes of the Lord when they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:26-29)

The “Seed of Abraham” according to the flesh are the descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel, and others as well, and it is about them that this website is about.

But the “Seed of Abraham” which St Paul explains about in the Epistle to the Galatians is not Abraham’s descendants according to the flesh. St Paul makes it perfectly clear that the “Seed of Abraham” are all they which believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and not the millions of individuals who are the fleshly descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Israel.

Everyone is therefore equal in Christ, whether they are Israelite or non-Israel, Jew or Greek, Black, White, Yellow or Brown.

Why there is nothing wrong with inter-racial marriages

In the New Testament there is not a single verse that can be used to claim that there should be anything wrong with inter-racial marriages. But in the Old Testament there is a number of laws prohibiting the Israelites to marry non-Israelites (such as Deu. 7:1-3 and Ezra 10:17-44). But since Christians follow the New Testament, and not the Old Testament, those laws are now completely irrelevant.

White people are not a race. There is no “White Race”

White-skinned people of European descent are usually called White(s) and sometimes the White Race. If White people were descended from one group of people, they could indeed be called the “White Race”. But a study of Y-DNA Haplogroups show that White Europeans are not descended from one group of people, but from several different groups of peoples and that some White ethnic groups are just as closely related to Jews, Arabs, Indians, Iranians and East Asians as they are to other White Europeans.

I wrote about this in May 2010 in the article Y-DNA Haplogroups links Nordic and Germanic people to Arabs and Jews.

The Y-DNA Haplogroup is passed on from father to son, while the mtDNA Haplogroup is passed on from mother to daughter.

The great majority of White European males belong to three different Y-DNA Haplogroups: R, I and N.

The “Indo-European” Hpg R

Hpg R is the most common Haplogroup among White Europeans, but it is also very common among Indians, Pakistanis and Iranians. One branch of Hpg R, Hpg R1a, is usually thought to be the predominant Haplogroup of the proto-Indo-Europeans,i which explains why it is so common both in Europe, Iran, Pakistan and India.

Please compare the Hpg R percentages of Europeans with those of Indians, Pakistanis and Iranians:

Hpg R percentages among Europeans: Danes (58%), Norwegians (43%), Dutch (53%), Belgians (67%), Central English (67%), Scots (81%), Irish (82%), Germans (56%), Spanish (70%), Lithuanians (36%), Poles (69%), Ukrainians (60%) and Russians (53%).ii

Hpg R percentages among Indo-European Indians and Pakistanis (both 45%)iii and Iranians (21-22%)iv.

The “Abrahamic” Hpg IJ

Hpg I is very common in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, and it is this Haplogroup that I believe is the Haplogroup associated with the Lost Tribes of Israel.

Hpg I percentages: Denmark (39%), Sweden (36%), Netherlands (20%), England (19%), Germany (24%).v

Hpg I’s closest relative is Hpg J, which is the most common Haplogroup among Jews and Arabs, who, to whatever extent, are descended from the tribe of Judah, the Ishmaelites and other of Abraham’s descendants according to the flesh.

Hpg J percentages: Ashkenazi Jews (38%-43%), Yemenite Arabs (82%),Qatar Arabs (67%), Lebanese Arabs (45%), Saudi Arabs (40%), Egyptian Arabs (32%).

Since Haplogroups I and J (or Hpg IJ) is so common in nations thought to be descended from Abraham, Hpg IJ could be called “Abraham’s Haplogroup”.

The “Asian” Hpg N

The third Haplogroup common among White Europeans is Hpg N, which is especially common in North-Eastern Europe and Northern Siberia.

Hpg N percentages: Finns (60%), Saami (40%), Baltic states (45%), Russians (10%-20%), Yakuts (North-Eastern Siberia) (75%), Nenets/Samoyeds (North-Central Siberia) (75%).vi

Finns and Balts are almost always considered White Europeans, while Yakuts and Nenets/Samoyeds are considered racially Yellow/Mongoloid/Oriental.

Hpg N’s closest relative is Hpg O, which 80%-90% of all males in East Asia and South-East Asia belong to.vii

When Hpg N is so common among Finns and closely related to East Asians, then it makes sense that Finnish, Estonian and Hungarian are among the only European languages that are not Indo-European. It also makes sense that many Finns’s eyelids are similar to the eyelids of East Asians. It also makes sense that Hungarians use their family name first and their personal name last, just like the Chinese do. (For example: In Hungary the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Liszt/Ferenc Liszt is called Liszt Ferenc, and the Prime Minister Victor Orbán is called Orbán Victor.)

Why there is nothing wrong with inter-racial marriages

Since different White European ethnic groups genetically are quite close to Indians, Pakistanis and Iranians, and Jews and Arabs, and East Asians, it doesn’t make sense to think of them as different races. They are different when it comes to their skin-colour, their ethnicities, their cultures and often their religions, but not genetically or racially.

The conclusion is that White Europeans are not a race. If they were a race, one could at least argue whether it was right or wrong to mix the races. For example, people who breed dogs, cats and horses do not practice race-mixing. But when White-skinned people are not even a race, then there is absolutely no argument for why there should be anything wrong with inter-racial marriages.

Mikkel S. Kragh

May 2015