Regarding the Flood and Nephilim

 Q. Regarding your position on the Nephilim: we can agree to disagree on whether the “sons of god” were angels or Sethites. To me, the flood doesn’t make sense as a means to eradicate evil, since evil persisted after the flood. Why were Sethites & not Cainites “sons of God” & why does Scripture nowhere else use “sons of God” in the OT, in reference to men? To what was Jesus alluding, when he characterized the time just before his return as like “the days of Noah”? How, qualitatively, could any aspect of antediluvian civilization be worse or distinctive from what has transpired since? The fringe fascination with UFOs has passed to the mainstream and focused on the ETs, who always seem to be about New Age religiosity, rather than what you’d expect from a extraterrestrial astronaut. Why all the abductions and attempts to produce hybrid human-alien beings?

1. You said, “we can agree to disagree on whether the “sons of god” were angels or Sethites. “

I can live with that! I certainly do not claim to be inspired, and I only give people the benefit of my studies into the Scriptures. I continue to study this subject, and have come to believe that I need to do additional study in the Hebrew before forming a conviction on the subject. I will likely answer this question again on our TV program, and then post the updated answer at the web site sometime in the future.

2. You also commented, “To me, the flood doesn’t make sense as a means to eradicate evil, since evil persisted after the flood. “

This comment troubles me somewhat. 2 Cor. 5:7 says, “for we walk by faith, not by sight–” Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Things in the Scriptures do not need to make “sense” to us. We accept them, not because they make sense to us, but because they have been revealed to us. We are limited in our ability to understand the things of God because of our nature. I accept what the Scriptures teach by faith, because I have faith in the Scriptures. There is plenty of evidence that the Scriptures are inspired of God, therefore the difficult things that I cannot understand I simply accept as fact through faith.

3. You asked, “To what was Jesus alluding, when he characterized the time just before his return as like “the days of Noah”? “

When Jesus returns again, it will be a time of judgment. In the days of Noah, men did not fear God, or believe in the consequences of their actions, therefore the judgment of God came upon them for their sins with suddenness and surprise. I believe that when Jesus returns to judge the world most will be totally unprepared for him coming.

4. You also asked, “How, qualitatively, could any aspect of antediluvian civilization be worse or distinctive from what has transpired since? “

I believe that the answer to this question is found in Genesis 6:5 -“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. ” The “intent of the thought of his heart was only evil continually.” I do not believe that this is a description of the world today, or since the flood. I do not believe you are a person who only thinks about evil. I know many people who do not continually think about evil, therefore, the world is not as “dark” a place as it was in the days before the flood.

5. You said, “The fringe fascination with UFOs has passed to the mainstream and focused on the ETs, who always seem to be about New Age religiosity, rather than what you’d expect from a extraterrestrial astronaut. Why all the abductions and attempts to produce hybrid human-alien beings? “

I don’t know what you should expect from “extraterrestrial astronauts.” I do not put much stock in the subjective claims of those who have had “experiences” with UFO’s. I know of no objective facts presented which would confirm any such “experiences.”

 

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