by Jon H Benson
(Whitehall, PA USA)
There are at least a few people who believe that the reference to the sons of God, in Genesis, is a reference to the righteous descendants of Seth. Jesus refers to his followers as his brothers and sister, and as sons and daughters of God. So this need not refer to angels.
These people, having kept to the commandments of God, having abstained from the wantonness and lusts of the descendants of Cain, were still, to a greater extent, close to God's original creation in both physical and spiritual likeness.
As time went on, however, they became enamored of the women of Cain's line, and began to intermarry with them. In this way, the righteous were slowly being overcome by the wicked, even as the righteous Israel was led into sin by the trickery of Balaam. But the resulting offspring of these righteous men, bearing more lightly the curse than Cain's heirs, would likely have produced physically greater men, with all the lusts inherent in the unrighteous.
As for the idea of angels/demons procreating, Jesus, when answering the question put to him about marriage in heaven, says that when we get there we will be like the angels, who neither marry nor have children. It would seem unlikely that God have would allowed this intermingling, even if it was physically possible. And one has to assume that it would be the fallen angels that were responsible, since the righteous, unfallen angels would not be likely to be tempted to mate with human women.
If they had already resisted the temptation to join with Satan in his rebellion, it doesn't seem likely that they would fall prey to the wiles of fallen women, no matter what they looked like. The unfallen angels would have been able to see sin for what it truly is.
As for the sons of God in Job, the reference, again, could mean simply those of God's still righteous creation, those created by him, not at Earth's creation, but still created and unfallen. We are told that all heaven is witness to the events that happen on earth. This would seem to mean more than just the angels, but all of any of whatever worlds God has created.
As to why some of the references to the Nephilim seem like science fiction or fairy tales, one must remember that while WE believe in only one actual God, and angels, (fallen or unfallen), even the ten commandments says only that we should have no other gods above or before God, not that there are no other gods, because, to put God first, removes the power of other gods, real or imagined.
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