“Compelling Truth” on “In Genesis 6:1-4, what were the identities of the sons of God and daughters of men?”

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The Compelling Truth website posted articles about Angles, Nephilim, Rephaim, giants, etc. and since that is right up my alley I decided to review them since they have some good points but also go astray on others. I parsed my review into one per article and you can find them all here.

Under review herein is In Genesis 6:1-4, what were the identities of the sons of God and daughters of men?


The Compelling Truth website posted articles about Angles, Nephilim, Rephaim, giants, etc. and since that is right up my alley I decided to review them since they have some good points but also go astray on others. I parsed my review into one per article and you can find them all here.

Under review herein is In Genesis 6:1-4, what were the identities of the sons of God and daughters of men?

This article reviews “Three main views” of the identification of the “sons of God” and accepts the majority, original and traditional view amongst the earlies Jews and Christians alike which is the Angel view.

This is even though it states that a main problem with this view is that “Matthew 22:30 notes that angels do not marry.” It is noted that “Those who argue for this position realize this but suggest Genesis 6 is different since these would be fallen angels and that Matthew 22:30 refers to marriage in heaven.” The issue is to note that Jesus stated, “in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven” but the Angels that fell were not in heaven but, as Jude puts it, they left their first estate.

The article touches upon something that will become key as we progress which is that one of the view is that the text regards, “relationships involving powerful human rulers” but that “there remains the difficulty of how their children would become ‘Nephilim,’ a term that could mean either giants or men of old or even men of renown” the latter is accurate but the former is vague/generic and inaccurate in this case.

The other view is that it is about “the godly family line of Seth and the ungodly family line of Cain” which is said to suffer from the same problem just noted and I will add that a more fundamental problem is that the claim of a “godly family line of Seth” and “ungodly family line of Cain” is a myth, the Bible knows of no such thing.

It is noted that “Another concern is the phrase in Genesis 6:4 that, ‘The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them’…Whoever these Nephilim were, they also continued for some time, likely after the global flood of Noah’s era.” I am unsure why they use the term “Whoever.”
Yet, it continues directly with “In Numbers 13:33 we find: ‘And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.’ The focus here is on the physical height of these Nephilim.”

Now, it is myopic to state “In Numbers 13:33 we find” since we should never build a doctrine on one verse and it is not enough to say Moses wrote it or it’s in the Bible or God inspired it since we need to know who stated it and why.

The Bible never describes Nephilim as being physical giants—in fact, it gives us no physical description of them at all. Thus, when the article tells us that Nephilim had “special physical features” this is simply biblically unknown.

There is a reason why that one verse is the one and only place in the entire Bible where we get 1. post-flood Nephilim, 2. that the Anakim are related to Nephilim and 3. that the Nephilim are very, very tall.

That verse was stated by disloyal/unfaithful spies who were said to present a bad/evil report and were rebuked for it. Also, Moses and Caleb affirm the Anakim were in the land and God affirms the Amalekites and Canaanites were in the land but none of them say anything about Nephilim nor that those tribes were related to them.

So, chose you this day: will you believe rebuked disloyal/unfaithful spies who were said to present a bad/evil report? As for me and my house, we will believe Moses, Caleb (Joshua) and God.

You will find that if you read that whole portion of Numbers 13 again that the spies speak good of the land, but are afraid of strong people and fortified cities, Caleb chimes in to encourage the people and only then are the spies said to present an evil/bad report and only within that evil/bad report do they make claims about which the entire rest of the Bible knows absolutely nothing.

These facts will go a long way towards correcting some of the articles’ claim.
Thus, when the article notes, “The focus here is on the physical height of these Nephilim” it may be that such was the focus but is was merely a tall tale.

I hope that this review has been instructing and for some related info, see my books (on which I am offering a money saving deal:
What Does the Bible Say About Angels? A Styled Angelology
What Does the Bible Say About Demons? A Styled Demonology
What Does the Bible Say About the Devil Satan? A Styled Satanology
On the Genesis 6 Affair’s Sons of God: Angels or Not? A survey of early Jewish and Christian commentaries including notes on giants and the Nephilim
The Paranormal in Early Jewish and Christian Commentaries: Over a Millennia’s Worth of Comments on Angels, Cherubim, Seraphim, Satan, the Devil, Demons, the Serpent and the Dragon

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