Bible Studies/Nephilim?

Advertisement


Question
Tom
What do you make of the story of the Nephilim, or sons? of God?
Sounds like Ancient aliens. Why is that in the bible? Is there a more practical 'Christian' explanation for it? Thanks!

Answer
Unfortunately, scripture is not clear on the point of exactly what their heritage is. Indications are that they were giants, very impressive and powerful men. Possibly we see a recessive gene of these mighty men coming out in the person of Goliath some time afterward, as we do see Nephilim mentioned again in Number 13:33.

Space aliens? I see no validation of that view in scripture. It does say that they come from daughters and men and sons of God. There have been many debates over exact what the "sons of God" mean. Some say that it may refer to fallen angels, but I do not see how an angel/demon could procreate with a human woman, so I find that answer difficult. The space alien theory has a few issues, such as (1) nothing in these passages would suggest that they come from another planet (2) Space aliens (if they even exist) would likely be unable to procreate with human women, and if they could, we might find the same problem as with animals that can procreate, but are of different species - the offspring is often impaired in some way, fails to survive long, and/or is infertile.

Why is the passage in scripture? Perhaps giving background to the future events with Goliath, and also to explain some background behind what the Israelites saw when they entered the land of Caanan.

Bible Studies

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Tom Smith

Expertise

I am able to answer a wide range of questions regarding orthodox Christian theology as well as those of many of the more common cults and religious movements (inside and outside of the church). This includes Protestantism, Charismatic movement, New Apostolic Reformation, Strategic Prayer/Spiritual Warfare, Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Calvinism, Reformed Church, Baptist Church, Pentecostalism, and Oneness Pentecostalism. I have been a member of or have attended many of the above. I have studied the beliefs and literature of the remaining through a variety of means, including in most cases interacting with members and/or leaders in these organizations. I also maintain a significant library/resource of information on these movements and organizations.

Experience

I have been a lifelong student of the Bible. In addition, I have been saved through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, and believe in the truth of God's Holy word in the Bible as the inerrant and infallible word of God. I have been a believer for over 43 years. Other qualifications include:

- Former member of the counril of a local church
- Speaker at the "Last Days Bible Conference" and other functions.
- Researcher into religious movements and cults (maintain website with information on some of these movements and cults)
- Member of the Apologetics Coordination Team

I hold to the view that the Bible is inerrant and infallible, and I belief that the Bible is our sole authority on matters of faith and doctrine (Sola Scripture, Sola Fide).

Organizations
Apologetics Coordination Team (http://op.50megs.com/act/) Network of Christian Apologists in Calgary (http://www.whyjesus.ca)

Publications
Website, accessible by means of http://discern.ca or http://www.religioninfo.org; and Audio files of talks at Last Days Bible Conference available at http://ldbc.ca

Education/Credentials
Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.)

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.