Did fallen angels mate with human beings and produce giants in the earth?
TW from Willard Ohio
You Decide (Part 1)
Why would anyone think that fallen angels ever mated with human beings? Well, actually, many people do believe that is exactly what happened. Some scriptures lend to the theory. Remember that a theory is a “hypothesis assumed for the sake of argument or investigation” or “principles offered to explain phenomena.” (Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary © 1969)
Genesis 6:4 says, “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”The Hebrew word Nephilim was translated as “giant” in the very popular King James Version Bible. It comes from a root “nephal”which means “to fall” or “cast down.”
Given that, it is easy to see how the theory progressed. Fallen angels (the third of angelic beings whom Satan led in rebellion against God and who were kicked out of heaven) came to the earth and mated with human women and then produced the race of people known as giants or Nephilim. Could the term “sons of God” refer to fallen angels? Yes. Listen to Job 1:6, “now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.”
Are there any New Testament scriptures that might reference these people? 1 Peter 3:19-20 speaks of Christ preaching “…in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.”
Here is a note regarding that passage taken from the Zondervan NASB Study Bible © 1999: “Others argue that between His death and resurrection Christ went to the prison where fallen angels are incarcerated and there preached to the angels who are said to have left their proper state and married human women during Noah’s time.” Pg. 1817.
Do we have any archaeological evidence of giant type beings having lived on the earth? Yes we do. Just as there is evidence of now extinct dinosaurs, there are many examples of bones and footprints etc. left by some very large human beings. Even today there are people who would be considered giant size such as Bao Xishum, the Chinese man who is 7 feet 9 inches tall.
The final question is whether or not the theory is true or false. After all, that is what you want to know. It is an intriguing question, but let’s keep it in perspective. Since it is a theory it has no part of standard Christian doctrine required as a matter of faith. We have no way to prove it for sure either way. To some it helps explain some very mysterious passages of scriptures and to others it is a far-fetched fairy tale.
Which way do you lean? YOU decide!