Genesis 6: Wickedness in the World

Earnest Examination

This series is presented as an honest, sincere look into the study of the Bible with my own personal theories, opinions, comments and that of others’ insights and research into what the verses could mean. I cannot claim one way or another that everything that I am stating is fact and the true meaning of what is meant in these verses.

To lay it out in a way that I can manage, I have highlighted the texts of verses that I either don’t understand or have a comment or question about in yellow. And the comments I’ve left beneath it will be of a smaller font and using brown text.

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All verses used are from (NIV) Genesis 6

Wickedness in the World

1 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them,
2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.
There are some speculation that what the Bible means with the phrase “sons of God” is simply describing men. Whether they could have been from the “Godly” line of Seth, intermarrying with the sinful lineage of Cain, or whether these men could have been kingly/rulers who thought of themselves as a god. Who are ‘the sons of God’ in Genesis 6?
However, when looking at the context, and especially knowing about the other books that were not included in the Bible but that did explain the details of this verse, it becomes clear that it was not simply describing men.
I think more of a question is to how these “sons of God” married and mated with the women to bring forth the nephilim. Obviously none of us are fully aware of their anatomy… but some theories that perhaps could explain this situation is that these beings did not mate with the women as we know it. If they are spiritual beings, then perhaps they either possessed actual human males in order to take upon themselves wives and procreate that way, or, perhaps they possessed the very woman they wanted and due to a supernatural birthing of sorts, could have forced the women to give birth to the nephilim. If we take the word “nephilim” as a different word for demon or spirit, perhaps, then it could be that what we think of as a literal “giant” is incorrect.

3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal ; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
This verse takes me back to when God walked upon the land to confront Adam and Eve and then later Cain. It seems to indicate that God walked the Earth literally. In a physical form, of sorts. One could surmise that God meant metaphysically in this verse, however. Is He talking about His Spirit meaning the Holy Ghost? Is He talking about it in the sense that His Spirit will not stay in the hearts of men? Or that He Himself as a Spirit will not stay in our midst? Upon further research of this verse it could also indicate that what is meant by His Spirit is simply the breath of Life. Without God’s Spirit in us, we would die.
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
Here we see the term “Nephilim” for the first time. I honestly find it fascinating that the Gnostic books that go into detail about some of these controversial subjects have been hidden from the public. Whether the contents are true or not, it almost seems as if the very concerted effort to conceal these writings are hiding a certain kind of agenda. The search for truth is often frowned upon when compared with a strict religiosity.
(What would be the purpose of trying to hide certain content from believers, especially if there is a ring of truth to them?)
Now I also want to point out the phrase “heroes of old”. Immediately it brings to my mind the tales of Hercules or Thor, Krishna, Achilles, etc. Many myths/legends talk of these “heroes” or “sons of God” (at least according to the myths of the time) – Hercules and Perseus from Zeus, Thor from Odin, etc. Could these myths be based on fact? Was Zeus, Odin, Quetzlcoatl, Vishnu, etc. considered these “sons of Gods” and their offspring the “heroes of old”/nephilim that the Bible speaks of? This is purely speculation, but it does seem to eerily correlate to the myths from around the world.
I also want to mention that this verse states ‘and also afterward’… Does this imply that Nephilim exist even in today’s world? It’s assumed that everyone was wiped out due to the flood except for Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives. Perhaps this is true. Or perhaps some other beings were able to survive within mountains or other terrain that weren’t hit by the flood. And even if every living thing were wiped out, the ‘also afterward’ lends credence to the fact that the sons of God went again to the daughters of men and created more Nephilim.

5 The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.
6 The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.
My heart is deeply troubled from these verses.
One, are human beings really that bad that the only thing they think about are evil inclinations? I’m a human being and I’d like to think that my heart isn’t always consumed with evil thoughts. In fact, one of my goals is to appeal to others to do the right thing and choose love and integrity above anything else. I have huge love and compassion for people and the world (thanks to ‘divine intervention’, I should add) that it’s hard for me to fathom that there could be so much evil within the world and that most people’s hearts would be filled with wickedness.
Now, I have to admit, when I was younger, I was not the nicest person on the planet and in fact pretty much hated almost everyone. I was filled with anger and wrath and while these feelings were born out of frustration that ‘good’ people aren’t justified and that ‘evil’ tends to win, I was slowly becoming the very person I hated. Thanks to a spiritual enlightenment of sorts, I am no longer like that. So it makes me wonder if this intervention could appeal to other human beings in the same manner. Perhaps that is what is meant when Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Maybe a Spirit or Spirits (Angel or Angels) tries to help all of us, but only certain people will actually heed their call.
My other concern with this is that God regretted creating humans. There’s always this agreement within the religious community that God is infallible and can do no wrong. However, according to this verse, God clearly regrets making a mistake. But this is a contradiction, is it not? How could an all-powerful, perfect being make a mistake? Unless, of course, He can’t – and it is only the biblical verse and/or the interpretation that is wrong.
Which is more plausible? That God created humans knowing that there was only going to be evil in their hearts, or that the bible throughout the ages has been mistranslated/corrupted by the hands of these “evil” men? And since I did not live during these times that the bible speaks of (at least, not to my knowledge…) I cannot say one way or another whether all (most) humans at the time only thought of evil/wicked things. It is sad though, if this is true, that the only few that God found worthy enough to spare are eight people total, and He also felt the need to wipe out most animals from the face of the Earth as well.
One more concern I have, is that after the above mention of Nephilim and the relation to “sons of God”, we don’t hear anything else about these creations until Numbers… What happened to them? According to the Bible, would a Nephilim be considered a human being? Or a different type of entity altogether? If they were born out of the union of a human and a fallen angel, then by all intents and purposes, they cannot be considered as a human being; although they could be considered a human-angel (or human-demon, if one is to theorize that a fallen angel becomes a demon) hybrid. There are also speculations that due to the corrupt nature of mankind during these times, that they also corrupted animals by making hybrids of them as well. (We can also see that in abundance in today’s society.) Could this be another reason that God wanted the animals wiped out, save for the pure few that God commanded Noah to save?

7 So the LORD said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”
8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

Noah and the Flood

9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.
10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.
12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.
When we look at this according to the lifetimes of the peoples on the planet at the time, the days from Adam to Noah expands just 10 generations, according to the Bible. And according to how long people lived during those times, despite the very verse above saying that the Spirit of God will remain with man for 120 years, the people in Noah’s days and earlier lived close to 1,000 years. …Are we misunderstanding the numerical terminology in these quotes? If Adam was created from the beginning and lived to 930 years old, while each generation afterwards lived on average for around 800 years, give or take a few, and the Bible never states definitively how many children each generation had, and during these times even with direct lineage from Adam, people still ended up violent and corrupt – not just some people but enough to really cause grievance to God, then what hope do we have who are living today with no real background as to our genealogy or relation to the Lord?
I am heartened by the fact that this is exactly why Jesus came, in order to teach the generations afterwards the “right” way to live which is to treat each other with love and respect. It’s interesting to me that from the beginning of time we’ve had the grievous sin of murder that Cain acted upon his brother due to jealousy. And what’s even more mind-boggling, is that we did not even hear what kind of corruption and wickedness took place during Noah’s timeframe to compel God to initiate the flood to wipe out the beings from the Earth to begin with. Everything we hear of the violence and corruption in the Bible occurred after the flood. And these were already incredibly atrocious. How much worse was it before the flood?

13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
So I guess another question I have is, even though we saw Cain attack his brother Abel and commit violence at the beginning, could the rise of the people’s violence be due to the “sons of God” mingling with the humans? Would the violence and corruption be so bad without their interference? Or was it due to the people’s willingness to be corrupted by these “spirits/angels/etc.” that the wickedness exacerbated? Could this actually be what people think of as consorting with demonic entities?
14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.
16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.
17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.
I am of the belief that while God’s intention was indeed to wipe out every “living” being on the planet, the one thing that may not have been taken into account was perhaps the spiritual entities that tainted mankind to begin with. If these “sons of God” or perhaps Watchers, as the Book of Enoch tells it, could wander the world as a spiritual form, then it wouldn’t be until the waters settled and more people were born that they once again inhabited or established their presence to corrupt humankind once again. This is just a theory, of course, and another theory that’s been proposed is that certain people/hybrids did indeed hide out in cavernous mountains, underground tunnels, etc. and only re-emerged once it was safe to do so. Of course, this would have been an oversight on the part of God, which would have had to take this into account and seems unlikely from an all-knowing God; so honestly I am not sure if any of these theories hold water (no pun intended).
18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.
I have to point out the obvious: while Noah found favor in the Lord which allowed him and his family to be spared from the flood, it has to be stated that everything else wicked and corrupted that arose since the flood is due to the very people that were aboard the ark since they were allegedly the only survivors. Is this correct in this line of thinking? If the Bible is to be believed fully, then yes, we would have to believe that everyone else was wiped out from the flood, so whatever corruption and evil wickedness that arose in the hearts of mankind since then has to be attributed to this lineage.
On the other hand, if we are to consider the likelihood that other beings/spirits were able to survive the flood and continue their interference upon humankind, then it would fall in line with other speculations of the Nephilim quite possibly still living today.

19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.
20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.

I have to bring this up since it is a hotly debated topic, but the very specific mention of ‘male and female’ seems to indicate the natural response in order to keep a living being reproducing. The unity between a male/female in order to naturally create offspring. Of course “science” has other things in mind, whether it’s born out of “good intentions” or not, and in my honest opinion the measures that have been taken “in the name of science” have actually upset the natural order of things for one reason or another and is doing more damage than good.
There is a popular saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” and I feel this fits in nicely sadly here. There is a very controversial intent to normalize transgenderism, even among children, that I feel is leading us down a dangerous path. What may have been introduced as an inclusive, “compassionate” drive to not ostracize people that feel this way, has I think grown to an alarming precedence that alters the very natural fabric of our being. Instead of accepting others as they are naturally born, we are under the duress of an ever-changing and alternate agenda to corrupt mankind to our core.
These opinions could be unfounded, of course, but when one takes on the whole scope of history and the corruption that has been going on quite possibly since the beginning of time, it may not be that far-fetched.

The other interesting thing to note here is the specific wording that the animals will come to Noah to be kept alive. It seems deliberate; almost as if saying that the animals that come to Noah were led to do so. Perhaps by the Holy Spirit? But why would this be necessary? If humankind was evil and wicked, what would the need be to wipe out most of animal kind as well? Was it simply because they would have been caught up in the disaster of the flood due to the effort to wipe out most of humanity? Could it possibly have meant that even animals were corrupted by the wickedness of humankind as well? It just seems strange that a huge deluge was needed to wipe out most of the living beings on the planet if only humankind was the cause of God’s grievance. Is God not capable of just smiting human beings by withdrawing the Spirit of God from within them?
Perhaps I am just over analyzing.

21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

It makes me wonder, if we heard God’s voice talking to us in today’s day and age, would we just shrug it off as our imagination, or would we be discerning enough to wonder where it’s coming from? Would we attribute it to our conscience? Would we heed the directions like Noah did, or just dismiss it as a random, crazy thought?

Again, I want to reiterate that some of my thoughts and theories may be way off base, and I also research some other things on the side as well to try and get a broader understanding of what I’m reading, so please bear with me, or, even better, if you have insights that bring more light to these verses, please let me know.

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