The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men
A Common View
This passage is generates a lot of controversy. My understanding of this passage may be radically different than some of the popular theories of this passage. I am going to begin by looking at an explanation in which I disagree so that we can grasp a complete picture of this passage. I always use scripture to interpret scripture. When we apply this passage to the rest of scripture, I believe we get a clear understanding of this passage. We will often do injustice to a passage if we try to make it a self-contained truth and remove it from the context of the rest of scripture.
Chuck Missler (See Note) offers a detailed explanation of this passage in his article 'Mischievous Angels or Sethites?' He contends that the two prominent beliefs are: the sons of God are either angels or from the line of Seth. It has been argued that the children of Seth were holy and the rest of the world corrupted. They polluted themselves my mixing their holy blood with the other races of the earth. Chuck attests that this passage is a direct reference to angels intermarrying with mankind to produce a polluted race of giants. He goes on to explain that this didn't happen only once, but twice and will surely happen a third time. The polluted race was wiped out by the flood, but 2,000 years after the flood, the Israelites entered the Promised Land only to find them again. The proper biblical translation for 'giants' is 'Nephilim'. This same word is translated as giants in Numbers and Deuteronomy. Here is how Chuck Missler explains this reoccurrence after the flood:
One of the disturbing aspects of the Old Testament record was God's instructions, upon entering the land of Canaan, to wipe out every man, woman and child of certain tribes inhabiting the land. This is difficult to justify without the insight of a "gene pool problem" from the remaining Nephilim, Rephaim, et al., which seems to illuminate t ...
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