Genesis 8: Noah’s Deliverance

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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.

I would love it if you’d join me in this journey and if you have any insights and/or knowledge of these chapters/verses etc., please feel free to share with me and the other readers. Any chance to get a clearer understanding of the Bible and Jesus Christ would be welcomed with open arms.

All verses used are from biblestudytools.com (NIV) Genesis 8

Noah’s Deliverance

1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.
I am certainly not trying to put words in the mouth of the Bible, but I am wondering what this verse is alluding to. It’s not like God can forget Noah and his companions, right? At least in my upbringing, I was taught that God knows what is going on AT ALL TIMES, so it’s impossible for Him to “forget” anyone. Was this verse just a way to humanize God so that people can relate and understand some of His mysterious, but sovereign decisions? I truly don’t know.
2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.
3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down,
When I was younger, I always assumed that after the infamous 40 days, that everything was hunky dory right after that. It didn’t even cross my mind that it would take time for the water to recede. I just thought, in my childish naivete, that after 40 days, the water would automatically have dissipated, and everyone could go on with their lives. To be honest, I didn’t even think otherwise until much later on in my adulthood. So to see it really spelled out for me and giving me a better outlook as to how long the process really took, was sort of shocking, to say the least. It makes me wonder what else we take for granted when it comes to information and basic knowledge.
4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.
You know, when I initially started this chapter, I thought I wouldn’t find much to comment on. But surprisingly, while doing some research on these specific places and time frame, actually found too much information that I couldn’t possibly cover all on this one post.
When looking up the mountains of Ararat, it took me to various sources of fascinating history:

– from the alleged eye-witness accounts of Noah’s Ark as early as the 1800’s (possibly even earlier), and then throughout the decades by various different adventurers – one including Vladimir Roskovitsky.
And if one digs deep enough, may find a connection between the “perfect timing” of Vladimir’s discovery, and the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917; which just so happened to cause the loss of the evidence of this historic find. (Hm… what does that remind me of? Oh yeah! The purported discovery of King Gilgamesh’s tomb in Baghdad, and then right after that, the US invasion of Iraq! Which also, in a strange turn of events, also just happened to lose evidence to these findings. Coincidence? Or completely planned?)

– to a hoax that CBS ran (not surprising), featuring a man named George Jammal who alleged to having witnessed the ark. It turned out that CBS was being duped by Mr. Jammal, even when he referred to some lovely names, such as: Mr. Asholian, Vladimir Sobitchsky, and Allis Buls Hitian.

– to the interesting references to Gilgamesh (which I ironically covered not too long ago in this post) and Ishtar (whom I also referenced due to the insane amount of symbolism that can be seen throughout the entertainment industry.) I am not making these connections on purpose. They are just “coincidentally” being mentioned when researching these seemingly different topics.
5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.
6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark
7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.
8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.
9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark.
I want to make a mention that in some other versions of the Bible, the verses are rather specific in stating that the dove is female; describing the dove as “she”/”her”. Yet in this version, it does not mention the bird’s gender at all. This is very strange to me. It is almost as if this version (and others like it) made a deliberate decision to exclude the gender of the bird, for some reason.

Is the gender of the bird relevant? Important? To be honest, even if it wasn’t, if it is not an accurate translation of the original Bible, no matter the relevance, then it is still highly suspect and makes one wonder what else this translation has changed from the original version. I say “original” version because even though I don’t read Hebrew, Aramaic, etc. and can’t possibly know what the true original texts say, I am basing this information off of the Wycliffe Version which was allegedly written in the late 1300’s. If this is one of the earliest texts we have to go by, then their version states that the dove is female. Along with several other versions after that. The NIV, as well as a handful of others, seem to specifically omit this detail. It seems very bizarre that they would make a conscious effort to do so.

On the other hand, if there were no precise origins for the use of describing the bird as a female, and the translators do so out of their understanding or opinion, then I can understand why they would not want to specify. But it is just another reason that it is hard to take everything the Bible states as accurate, since there are too many different versions/translations/alterations. (It is also interesting to note that the Wycliffe version states that it was a crow, and not a raven, that Noah initially sent out to find land. If that has any significance on the matter.)
10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark.
11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.
There are interesting debates as to whether plants could live through a flood of such magnitude, as many speculate that all plant life would drown/die off due to being overwhelmed by the deluge for so long; but scientifically speaking, plants/grass/seeds, etc. can indeed survive even after a considerable amount of undesirable conditions. (How Did Plants Survive and Disperse after the Flood?)
12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry.
14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
15 Then God said to Noah,
16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.
17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”
18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives.
19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.

God’s Covenant with Creation

20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.
I mentioned it a little bit about this in the previous chapter with Cain and Abel, and I don’t want to insinuate that I know anything about how the world works, but I do question the… ritualistic aspect of building altars and sacrificing things for God. I am just confused and curious as to why this would be a practice. And to think it allegedly started with Cain and Abel offering their crops/flock. Why did they do this? Did God ask them to? There are some Christian apologetics who claim that yes, sacrifices were needed to appease God and show their faith to Him and/or to wipe away sin. Some even say there are biblical references that it needs to be a “blood sacrifice”, which then obviously wouldn’t include crops like Cain tried to offer. Of course, that is if we’re taking the scripts to be literal. And this is what I have a problem with.
Again, I can’t pretend to think that I know better about how “life” and this world works, but speaking as a person who believes in spirituality and the goodness of one’s heart, the act of sacrificing anything “for the higher good” is lost on me.

21 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
And that brings me to this verse. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love animals and am trying to transition to vegetarian-ism, although I haven’t fully reached that destination quite yet, so I must admit that I love the smell of a good barbecue as much as the next person. But again, the mystery of a burnt offering that is pleasing to the Lord escapes me. So unless I am just not understanding how a universal creator could be tempted by the smell of delicious meats and (basically?) requires blood sacrifices in order to wipe sin away, perhaps I am just misconstruing the deeper, philosophical meaning, or – there is something not quite accurate with this interpretation.

Then, to make matters even more confusing, since there is no real proof of who wrote Genesis to begin with, we have to ask ourselves, how did the author know what the Lord said “in his heart”? Did God reveal this to the author? If the author was Moses, like some biblical scholars believe, then perhaps Moses himself received visions of this very revelation and was led to write it down for prosperity sakes and at the command of God for our enlightenment. Of course it’s said that the Bible is the Word of God in and of itself, so perhaps this makes sense. But obviously I am not sure on this matter, and will have to do more extensive research on this to even get close to understanding this subject. Especially since there is no concrete evidence either way.

One more note, God admits that “every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood“. According to these Bible verses. But yet, He still found some worthy of being saved. Now, again, the knowledge of who is written in the Book of Life (who will be saved) is already known to Him. He already knows who has a good heart (even though we’re all born with evil inclinations, supposedly) and who will remain steadfast and have faith. So we have to address the whole act of unleashing the flood upon the world, save but a few, knowing that in the end, those very same few will give rise to the current situations we have today, and eventually who leads us to the apocalypse in Revelation.

God sees all, so it seems as if predestination vs. free will is still a highly debated topic and possibly won’t end until the whole world does. And if Noah and his extended family ended up completely innocent of this, then we have to come to terms that not everyone died during the flood. Plus when you take into account that the previous chapter about Nephilims stated that they lived before, and after, the flood, it makes one wonder how they survived or came back into being. – And I can go on and on with “human heart is evil” verse, but I will just end this topic here before I get too long-winded.
22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”

Like I said above, I could go on and on about the human heart and our inclinations, but that might have to be on a separate post. I was also really intrigued by the historical connections to King Gilgamesh and Ishtar, as well as the strange coincidences that as soon as the alleged Ark was found (along with the other ancient discoveries), there were invasions to these countries that just so happened to eradicate any evidence of it. Very strange, indeed…

 

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.

I enjoy bouncing off theories and theology off of each other and love to hear other people’s perspectives on things. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

Fact checking is extremely important. I want to reiterate not to take everything at face value; no matter what you read, where you read it from, or who you hear it from. And to be clear, do not rely on “fact checking” websites to give you accurate information either. These are just as likely, (if not even more likely…), to feed false information and false debunking accounts to manipulate the reader. Please take everything into consideration before adhering to a certain narrative – and always keep your mind open to other possibilities.

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Earnest Examination

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Genesis 6: Wickedness in the World - Earnest Examination
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Genesis 4: Cain and Abel - Earnest Examination
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Does the World Seem to Hate You?

If so, you may be on the right track.

Does it seem like the world has suddenly flipped upside down and everything you thought was “right” and “moral” is now being labeled as “white privilege/supremacy”, “hate speech”, “conspiracy theories”, “inciting violence”, “misinformation”, etc.?

You’re not alone.

Although “the world” may try and lead you to feel that way.

It’s fascinating. Because this is exactly what Jesus warns us about.

17 This is my command: Love each other. 18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
John 15:17-19

This is fascinating to me, because it does imply a separation from those who belong to Jesus, and those who belong to the world. And who is ruler of the world…?

31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
John 12:31-32

The Bible defines the ruler of this world as satan. So if the world hates you, one can infer that it is the followers of satan (even if these people don’t realize that they are following satan – if they pride themselves on their financial wealth, their possessions, how many likes/followers/fans they have, their looks, their career, etc. – then they are “of the world” – and therefore followers of satan – I don’t mean to be blunt, but this is what I’ve gathered from various sources/research) that hate you. Some are fully aware that they are followers of satan/the world, and have no bones about it. But I truly believe that some people are unaware of it and are unknowingly being led astray.

Now, on the other hand, if you don’t really care about fame, fortune, prestige, etc. and instead care about integrity, honesty, kindness, compassion… then you are followers of Jesus; again, even if you don’t realize it. And it is impossible to fool God. He knows what’s in your heart. So if the first thing you think about when you wake up is of a “worldly” matter, then you are following the wrong path. On the other hand, if you often think about positivity, kindness, love and forgiveness – then you are closer to the “Christ consciousness” and going farther from the ideations of the world. The big thing, again, is to realize that God knows what’s in your heart and if you are truly a good person, even if you may idolize some of the creations “of the world”. If you have any inkling that this is resonating with you, then it very well may be that God/Jesus is calling you out of this world. (And you will be hated for it – by those of this world.)

Now we have to ask ourselves, even if we don’t believe in the Bible, even if we think the tale of Jesus is just that, a myth based on story-telling, we have to ask ourselves, if it is true, why would a certain group of people hold so much animosity towards a person or group who was simply teaching others to be kind, loving and compassionate towards one another, and/or teaching them to do the right thing and have integrity and who remain steadfast in their core values (some even based on “science”, moral ethics and facts)? Even if it was “just a fairy-tale”, you cannot tell me that there are not modern day versions of this very same thing happening today.

Those who are speaking out against what they feel is immoral or questionable is quickly being silenced and censored. If certain people don’t agree with a certain narrative, the media and like-minded people are primed and ready to jump on the lynching band-wagon. These very same people hold many similarities to the mobs who voted for Jesus’s crucifixion. The elders and priests were able to convince the crowd to release a murderer (ironically also called Jesus (Barrabas)) – instead of Jesus Christ, who did no wrong. This crowd was then “incited to violence”, demanding Jesus’s crucifixion.

19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.
“Barabbas,” they answered.
22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”
25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”
26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
Matthew 27:19-26

Why were these priests/elders/rulers so dead set against Jesus Christ? It’s because Jesus Christ stood for everything they didn’t. They wanted their sinful freedom and didn’t appreciate Jesus Christ calling them out for their wickedness. These people were followers of their god, and not The God, although they deceived others into thinking they did. They and the people of the crowd found themselves more in common with the murderer Barbarras, which is why they’d rather save him than Jesus, which they knew would continue to give them a bad image, since it was extremely hard to put away their pride and desires and follow in His footsteps. They’d rather do away with Him and continue to live guilt-free in their sin.

Now there is another verse that I want to address in addition to everything that’s been going, especially as of late, and that is:

20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!
Isaiah 5:20-21

Does this remind you of anything happening lately when addressing pretty much anything of a political/religious nature? And even if intentions were not based on anything political but merely one’s opinion, it is still drowned in and accused of political and (extremely in the last few months) racial overtones. Even when it doesn’t make sense!

Then we have the blatant disregard for protecting innocent lives and instead, corrupt officials are protecting the depraved perpetrators instead.

In my opinion, there’s no doubt that we are seeing the very things that the Bible foretold would happen taking place in today’s time. Going back to the earlier verse where certain people will call “evil good and good evil” and this one:

1 Then I said,
“Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel. Should you not embrace justice,
2 you who hate good and love evil;
...
9 Hear this, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right;
Micah 3:1-2 / 3:9

People may want to deny it; people may want to say, ‘rules and social norms are changing to be more inclusive, more tolerant, more compassionate’, but I submit to you that this is exactly the deceiving corruption that the Bible warns us about. There were certain immorality issues that were normally opposed and questioned about the ethic and natural ramifications that would be brought about if we continued down this path by the Vatican itself, a once powerhouse on religious tradition. Who have now changed their stance on several things, even the very practices that their religion was built upon.

Vatican corruption and conforming to the world?

Abortion

(May 2019) On the subject of abortion, the Pope says, he always asks two very clear questions: “Is it fair to eliminate a human life in order to solve a problem?”. The answer to which is: no. “Second question: is it fair to pay a sniper to solve a problem? No. Abortion is not a religious problem in the sense that just because I am Catholic I must not seek an abortion. It is a human problem”, says Pope Francis. “It is a problem of eliminating a human life. Period”.
Pope talks McCarrick, walls, women’s rights, abortion and more in interview

(December 2020) The Vatican concluded that “it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses” in the research and production process when “ethically irreproachable” vaccines aren’t available to the public. But it stressed that the “licit” uses of such vaccines “does not and should not in any way imply that there is a moral endorsement of the use of cell lines proceeding from aborted fetuses.”
Vatican permits use of Covid vaccines made using aborted fetal tissue

Homosexuality

(2003) Under the direction of Pope John Paul II, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2003 had stated that “respect for homosexual persons” was not “approval of homosexual behavior” or “legal recognition of homosexual unions,” the agency said.

Legal recognition of homosexual unions or placing them on the same level as marriage would mean not only the approval of deviant behavior … but would also obscure basic values which belong to the common inheritance of humanity,” the doctrine said, according to CNA.

(2010) Pope Francis opposed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010 while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, and has only been “circumspect” in his support of civil unions, CNA noted.

(October 2020) Pope Francis has spoken up in defense of homosexual families and called for civil union laws for same-sex couples — a major shift from both his own and the Vatican’s position on the matter.

“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family,” the pontiff says in a new documentary, “Francesco,” according to the Catholic News Agency (CNA).

What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” the pope said. “I stood up for that.

Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples

Changing Traditional Prayer

Original Lord’s prayer states: “lead us not into temptation”

Original Gloria passage states: “Peace on Earth to people of good will”

(June 2019) Against the judgement of numerous outspoken traditional Catholics, Pope Francis decided to officially changed the wording of the Lord’s prayer. In Matthew 6:13, instead of it reading “lead us not into temptation” it will now be “do not let us fall into temptation.

In Gloria, the passage will change from “Peace on earth to people of good will” to “Peace on Earth to people beloved by God.”

Pope Francis’ Controversial Break from Tradition: Why Did He Change the Lord’s Prayer?

Sex Abuse Coverup

(2018) In spite of knowing about former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual assaults, Pope Francis lifted sanctions from him that had been imposed by Pope Benedict.

LifeSiteNews is reporting that Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò, former papal nuncio to the United States, has written an 11-page statement testifying that Pope Francis was aware of McCarrick’s homosexual predation but “continued to cover him,” even making him “his trusted counselor” in naming bishops for appointment, including Cdl. Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey (McCarrick’s former diocese) and Cdl. Blase Cupich of Chicago, Illinois.

“In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he [Pope Francis] must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses and resign along with all of them,” Viganò writes.

Pope Francis Knew About McCarrick, Covered for His Sexual Crimes

(2019) In his first direct comments about the case of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Pope Francis said that “about McCarrick I knew nothing, obviously, nothing, nothing.

“I said it many times, I knew nothing, no idea,” Francis said in an interview with Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki.

Speaking about the allegation made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who claimed last August that he had told the pope about Vatican-imposed restrictions against the former Archbishop of Washington, Francis said that “I don’t remember if he told me about this. If it’s true or not. No idea! But you know that about McCarrick, I knew nothing. If not, I wouldn’t have remained quiet, right?

In new interview, Pope Francis says he ‘knew nothing’ about McCarrick

Financial Scandal

(1942 / 2013 / 2016) Financial scandal at the Vatican is nothing new. The Vatican’s official bank has faced repeated crises since it was founded in 1942, and the bank itself was created to curtail fiscal irregularity.

But when Pope Francis was elected in 2013, it was with a mandate to clean up finances. His efforts began well: The pope regularized accounting procedures, committed to European anti-corruption standards, and by 2016, the Vatican had contracted the global accounting giant PriceWaterhouseCoopers to conduct the first serious external audit in its history.

But the pope’s reform project was stymied at every turn by seasoned Vatican bureaucrats with more ­influence and support than the group tasked with reforming their bureaucracy. A powerful Vatican official, Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, unilaterally canceled the planned audit in April 2016. The next year, the Vatican’s auditor-general was forced out, allegedly after he discovered financial improprieties on the part of his superiors.

The Vatican’s new corruption scandal

(November 2019) Pope Francis admitted there is financial corruption in the Vatican, describing it as a “scandal” on Tuesday. The pope’s statement marked the first time he has acknowledged corruption in Vatican finances.

There is corruption, it’s clear. With the interrogations we will see if they are guilty or not. It is an ugly thing, it’s not nice for this to happen in the Vatican,” Francis said during an in-flight press conference on the way back from Japan.

The pope told reporters that there was a Vatican investigation underway into the allegedly fraudulent use of the Peter’s Pence, the pope’s charity fund, to buy a luxury property in central London. The pope has previously said that such a purchase is not necessarily a misuse of charity funds.

What happened, happened: a scandal. They did things that do not seem clean,” the pope said.

Pope Francis: ‘There is corruption in the Vatican’

Does it seem like even the Vatican is conforming to the “rules of the world”? (Or, perhaps, is “the world” conforming to the Vatican’s new, controversial mandates and following their lead on who to pardon? Who is ruling who, here?)

2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

So when the whole world opposes your views, your opinions, your beliefs, will you cave in to demand and conform? Or will you continue to stand for what you believe in and resign to being hated by those “of the world”? Are you okay knowing, even though you’re trying to be a better person, that the whole world will shun you and uprise against you? Do you have the courage to refuse to follow the demands of an ever-changing, and growing morally corrupt world?

9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.
10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,
11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,
13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Matthew 24:9-14

Fact checking is extremely important. I want to reiterate not to take everything at face value; no matter what you read, where you read it from, or who you hear it from. And to be clear, do not rely on “fact checking” websites to give you accurate information either. These are just as likely, (if not even more likely…), to feed false information and false debunking accounts to manipulate the reader. Please take everything into consideration before adhering to a certain narrative – and always keep your mind open to other possibilities.

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Genesis 6: Wickedness in the World

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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.

I would love it if you’d join me in this journey and if you have any insights and/or knowledge of these chapters/verses etc., please feel free to share with me and the other readers. Any chance to get a clearer understanding of the Bible and Jesus Christ would be welcomed with open arms.

All verses used are from biblestudytools.com (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.

I enjoy bouncing off theories and theology off of each other and love to hear other people’s perspectives on things. Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing from you!

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