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Discrimination in the Bible is essential

The Holy Bible is filled with discrimination.  Discrimination is essential and God teaches people to discriminate correctly.


to discriminate =
1. to distinguish between
to judge
prejudice  (to pre-judge)
based on race, age, gender, etc.
This is evil.



Discrimination is necessary in daily life

Discrimination is essential We need to know God's discrimination


A politician was reported in the local media to say "I'm against all forms of discrimination".  This is popular and politically correct; however it is also hypocrisy! We all discriminate frequently in daily life!

Consider these examples:-

  • If the Olympic Games were non-discriminatory, then all athletes would receive the same medal.
  • Without discrimination, courts would never convict criminals.
  • Motorists, to stay alive, must discriminate which side of the road to drive on.
  • A sane person discriminates what they put into their mouth - food, not sand.

Without good discrimination, life would become extinct!

Good discrimination is also necessary for spiritual health.

Here are some examples of discrimination in the Bible:-



God discriminates between people and animals

At creation, God made distinctions between humans and animals Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
.                             Genesis 1:26
. Humans were the crowning glory... God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. ...
.                             Genesis 1:31
of God's creation, made in His likeness.  Humans were given a spirit... the LORD God ... breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
.                            Genesis 2:7
; a capacity to relate to God in a very special way.   And humans were given rulership over all animals... let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
.                            Genesis 1:26


God discriminates between male and female

Men and women are equal but have different functions God made a distinction between the sexes at creation... God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
.                             Genesis 1:27
.  He created both male and female. The first man (Adam) and the first woman (Eve) were created as equals that would complement each other And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him."
.                             Genesis 2:18
in a perfect marriage. The distinction between male and female is a theme that runs throughout the Bible... the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
.                             1 Corinthians 11:3
.  However it will become obsolete when people get to heaven... in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.
.                             Matthew 22:30

how the battle of the sexes originated ...

God discriminates choosing Abraham to the nation of Israel

God chooses people through the Old Testament

Near the start of the Bible, God chose just one man, Abraham for great blessings1 Now the LORD had said to Abram: ...
2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
.                             Genesis 12:1-3
.  Abraham would have land, wealth and become a father to a great nation.  Why Abraham?  We do not know, however this is the beginning of God's plan to save all peoples... in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
.                             Genesis 12:3

... the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the nations by faith, preached the gospel before to Abraham saying, "in you all the nations shall be blessed."
.                             Galatians 3:8
.  All nations would be blessed through this initial promise to Abraham.


After Abraham, God chose Isaac and then Jacob who was renamed Israel.  God chose the children of Israel to be His special people The LORD delighted only in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as it is this day.
.                             Deuteronomy 10:15
But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend.
.                             Isaiah 41:8
.  The nation of Israel was entrusted with God's Word (the Old Testament Scriptures) and had the responsibility to bring God's light to all nations.


It was from the nation of Israel, from the tribe of Judah that God sent Jesus into the world to save people from their sins.


Some people may feel uncomfortable with God's choicesWoe to him who strives with his Maker! ...
.                             Isaiah 45:9
; but the wise thing do to is to receive God's love in Jesus Christ and thank Him for His plan to save you from your sins.  It was always God's plan to save both Jews and GentilesOh praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us, ...
.                             Psalm 117:1,2
. (If you are not born a Jew then you are a Gentile.)


Jesus discriminates who will enter heaven

Jesus is the One who will decide who enters heaven When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
.                             Matthew 25:31-32
.  Only those who are perfect in God's sight... you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
.                             Matthew 5:48
will enter heaven.  To get into heaven, you need to become friends with Jesus right now on earth and be perfect in God's sight.  Absolute perfection is the entry requirement! The good news is that God has made a way for you to be perfect.


Differing stars Discrimination in heaven!

Heaven is NOT an egalitarian society; but a harmonious social hierarchy.  Just as angels have ranks: e.g. angels, archangels, cherubim, seraphim, all people in heaven will have differing ranks determined by their works as Believers on earth For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
.                             Matthew 16:27
.   Each saint will be like a star in the heavensThose who are wise shall shine like the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.
.                             Daniel 12:3

There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
So also is the resurrection of the dead. ...
.                             1 Corinthians 15:41,42
, each one different and beautiful.

Don't want to become a saint?

God teaches discrimination

Throughout the Bible, God continually teaches people to correctly discriminate between what is
HOLY (morally excellent, totally pure)
and what is
PROFANE. (crooked, perverse, evil)

For example, the food laws of the Old Testament ... These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth:
.                             Leviticus 11:2

... these you shall not eat ... (they are) unclean to you;
.                             Leviticus 11:4
constantly caused people to think in terms of clean and unclean.  This was a great health blessing before the days of modern hygiene and refrigeration, but the spiritual purpose was to constantly remind people to look to God's Word to discern right from wrong.

Jesus taught people to discriminate. Here is one of His lessons from the sermon on the mount:-

1 Judge not, that you be not judged.
2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged;
and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye,
but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye';
and look, a plank is in your own eye?
5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye.
6 Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
Matthew 7:1-6

Jesus taught His followers that they must discriminate and do it correctly.
  • They need to be aware that their judgements will be judged by God.
  • They must not be hypocrites.  They must correct their own faults before trying to help others with faults.
  • They also need to spiritually assess people and interact accordingly.  Jesus used the terms dogs and pigs to metaphorically describe people with no desire for what is holy or spiritually valuable.
Jesus Christ said
... love your enemies,
bless those who curse you,
do good to those who hate you, ....

Matthew 5:44


Evil discrimination

God commands that we love all people ... you shall love your neighbor as yourself:
.                             Leviticus 19:18

... love the stranger ...
.                             Deuteronomy 10:19

... love your enemies, ...
.                             Luke 6:35
and treat them how we would like to be treated... whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
.                             Matthew 7:12
.  In addition, the Bible also prohibits evil discrimination.  Some of the cases are:-

Church choirThe vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus, a pardon receives!

- from the hymn "To God be the Glory" by Charles Wesley.


Why discrimination is in the Bible

  • The Bible offers God's love to all people without partiality.
  • God is holy and just.  He will not tolerate any sin.
  • Every person's greatest need is to be forgiven for their sins and become friends with God.  This is only possible by discriminating between what is holy and what is profane then submitting to the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Produced by Monash Christian Fellowship, Melbourne, Australia. Author Pastor Bill Wheaton 2012. This document may be freely reproduced and used for non-profit evangelism provided that it is unchanged and carries this credit. Scriptures are quoted from the New King James Bible.