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The biblical view on immigration

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What does the bible say about immigration?

Immigration is one of the most discussed subjects in politics. The left is pro open borders and mass migration, whilst the right wants closed borders and less migration. What does the bible say about this?

When we read in the old testament, we see that the Jews were to love the foreigners who lived among them.

“But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.” (Lev 19:34)

“You are to love the foreigner, because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.” (Deu 10:15)

And also in Exodus 23:9

“You are not to oppress the foreigner, because you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.”

This was for the foreigners that integrated, as the bible clearly states that the same law should apply for both the Jews and the foreigners.

“Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your God.” (Lev 24:17)

And,

“One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.” (Num 15:16)

And we clearly see in other verses that the foreigners should keep the bibles commandments, and that they should be treated as the inhabitants.

So when immigrants come to integrate, then they should be treated the same as the inhabitants of the country and that people should love them as themselves.

For the immigrants that came to Israel, they were to integrate to the society, and follow the Israeli laws and worship God.

And Christians who are fleeing persecution in their homelands (Iran for example) will not be a problem to society at all.

So the conclusion can be taken as this:

The bible is not against foreigners at all, contrary.

We are to welcome those who come and integrate.

And we should love them as ourselves.

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Paul Imanuelsen
Paul Imanuelsen
Paul Imanuelsen is a Swedish photographer, author and a Christian. Writer for Times of Sweden.

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