SONS OF GOD...

Were they fallen angels, or the Godly line of Seth?

"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose" (Genesis 6:1,2).

Among the more favored interpretations is the one which says that these "Sons of God" were fallen angels who, having been cast cast down to earth, saw the daughters of men that they were good-looking, and married them. Out of those unions came forth giants, or "nephilim," as some translations interpret the word for "giants."

The oversight in this view is obvious. The Bible precludes any angelic procreative activity. Nowhere in the Bible can we find that angels ever had sexual relations with anyone.

"For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven" (Matthew 22:30).

That verse should settle the matter, but for some it doesn't. A few Christian scholars have found ingenious ways to circumvent the words of Christ in Matthew 22:30. At least one clever solution has been that "angels don't procreate while in heaven," but that these were fallen angels on earth, not in heaven. Of course, that is pushing the envelope of common sense too far out of bounds. It is best not to give vent to juices of imagination, and leave things be just as they are in the Bible.

Another view is that the "godly line of Seth" noticed the good-looking girls from the evil line of Cain, and married them. Their offspring were the "Nephilim."

First of all, there is the biological difficulty which one encounters in this view, which apparently has gone unnoticed by our scholars.

"And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose."

If the "sons of God" were the godly line of Seth, and the "daughters of men" were the "ungodly line of Cain," then we have the comical situation in which we can see two "camps" as it were. In Cain's camp, daughters, rather than sons, were born. And in Seth's camp sons, rather than daughters, were born. How long could this have been going on? How could only daughters be born in Cain's group year after year, and how could only sons be born in Seth's camp year after year? Could the daughters of Cain somehow impregnate themselves, time after time? And could the sons of God in Seth's line somehow bear other sons? Somehow, this is the scenario which verses 1 and 2 imply.

Verse 3 "And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." This too, was added in, and apparently has nothing to do with the sons marrying the daughters.

Verse 4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men. which were of old, men of renown.

Also, the "nephilim," or giants, were not the result of any union between the "sons of God" and the daughters of men. The passage simply states that at the time when all this "procreating" was going on, there were giants on the earth. That's all the Bible says about them at this point.

Modern translations, like the NASB, create confusion.
"Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, 'My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.' 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown."

1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

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