Nephilim – Anthropology and Aliens
For some people the Nephilim are hybrid Neanderthals, mythological giants, or hybrid aliens. Some of these people believe in God and an old earth. Some people believe that the Bible is mythology. There are still others who believe that mythology is legend, that is, history that is exaggerated.
Anthropology tells us that humans began as hominids that diverged from apes some five million years ago. Somewhere between 650,000 and 350,000 years or so, there developed a dead end branch of the Homo line, Homo Neanderthalensis (sometimes known as Homo sapiens Neanderthalensis). Among some old-earth Christians it is the Neanderthals who are referred to in Genesis:
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, Genesis 6:1.
This means that the sons of God in verse 2 are the line of Adam, both the lines of Seth and Cain included.
There was little to differentiate between Neanderthals and modern Humans. So far, DNA sequencing shows a 99.5 to 99.9% similarity between Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens DNA. In terms of morphology (what they looked like), Neanderthals were more muscular and therefore it is assumed stronger than Homo sapiens. They also had a larger brain. Their height was approximately the same (5ft. 6 in. for men). There is nothing in their physical appearance to suggest that they or their offspring might fit the termgiants.
One of the problems with this line of reasoning is that when God brings judgment in the form of the Flood, it is judgment on man. If man is Neanderthal, the pre-Adamite soulless human, what of the line of Adam that also experiences the Flood? Of course, in an old-earth theology, the Flood is local and there may have been many survivors or even many unaffected outside of the flood area. This explanation is another exercise in eisegesis, explaining the Bible from outside sources and does not provide an adequate explanation for the text.
- Pre-Adamic man: were there human beings on Earth before Adam?
The alleged existence of pre-Adamites, as promoted by Hugh Ross and John Stott, undermines the gospel and has provided justification for racism and slavery.
- More evidence Neandertals were fully human
A common practise among scholars is to point out the similarities of the Bible with mythology. There are giants found in most mythologies, there are giants in the Bible, the Bible must therefore be myth. There are deities mating with human women in mythology, there are angels mating with human women in the Bible, therefore the Bible must be myth. There are floods in mythology, there is a flood in the Bible, and therefore the Bible must be myth. However, there are also differences between the Bible and mythology, and those differences are important.
The giants that exist in most mythologies precede humanity. In Greek mythology, the Titans precede the gods. The earth-born, giants created when the blood of Uranus fell on the earth, precede humanity. The giants of Indian mythology, the Daityas, were also not human.
The main difference between Genesis 6 and mythological accounts is that the offspring of the sons of God and the daughters of men were fully human. Fully human, because the sons of God were in human bodies, human bodies supernaturally produced, but human bodies nonetheless. In mythological accounts, it is the giants who mate with human women, and while their offspring may be extraordinary, they are not giants.
For a growing number of people, myths are the explanations of ancient peoples of their interaction with aliens. Not only is all life on earth the result of directed Panspermia (alien initiated evolution by seeding the planet), but humanity is the result of genetic engineering. All DNA on earth, therefore, originated on a planet outside of our solar system.
There are a number of alien races credited with creating humans. Among them are the Annunaki, believed by some UFOlogists to be the same as the sons of God found in Genesis 6. There are the Greys, short and slightly built aliens standing only 4 feet tall, primarily reported in North American sightings. There are the Nordics, averaging about 7 ft. tall, they are reported primarily from Europe. There are Reptilians or Dinosaurids, and there are increasingly, giants. So which ones seeded our planet? And are they the same ones who engineered humans?
It cannot be that all of the alien races mentioned above, can have created humanity. Nor is it possible for all of them to be genetically compatible with humans, unless someone first seeded all of their planets with a common DNA and then engineered them! But our concern is giants, and in the Bible, the giants, the Nephilim, are the descendants of the sons of Gods. Nowhere in the Bible is it indicated that the sons of God themselves are giants. In the Alien Hypothesis, it is the aliens who are the giants, not their offspring.
Giant Figures in Ancient Art
The Nephilim Today
Are the Nephilim with us today? There are many who believe that Extra-terrestrial beings are visiting Earth today, and that they are abducting people for sexual experimentation and inter-species breeding. While these abductions are real, they are not physical.
The accounts of abduction include people being levitated through physical objects, such as wall and ceilings, and of people being abducted from rooms full of people. There are several accounts in which an abduction occurred while abduction researchers were present, and they reported that no physical abduction took place. So what is actually happening to these people?
The researchers at CE4 and AlienresistanceHQ believe that experiencers (the term they prefer to abductees) are being hypnotically abducted by demons. This is why the abduction experience so closely follows that of the fairy abductions from centuries gone by. As some UFO researchers have observed "Aliens," writers like Vallee and Keel suggest, are just "fairies" adopting a credibly modern "space age" guise--or "fairies" may have been "aliens" adapting themselves to the beliefs of pre-scientific cultures! On the other hand, maybe fairies and aliens are demons adapting themselves to the prevailing beliefs of the current culture.
An account of fairies and aliens.
The abduction is really the implantation of a false memory. To the experiencer, this memory is real, and they will suffer the full physiological and psychological stresses of that memory. For the women who have memories of being pregnant and of having the fetus harvested prior to birth, the memories are traumatic, the psychological consequences very similar to a woman who has miscarried. However, there are no births of hybrid alien-humans being recorded.
The difference between the Nephilim of Genesis 6 and today's Aliens is that we have no physical evidence of the Aliens being here. In Genesis 6, the Nephilim became “men of renown”, modern Alien-Human hybrids seem to want to hide themselves until their secret agenda can be accomplished. The “daughters of men” from Genesis 6 gave birth, while modern experiencers are having their pregnancies terminated due to harvesting before anyone else notices that they are pregnant. It should also be noted that men are also experiencers and also subject to sexual experimentation and breeding, another difference from Genesis 6.
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Who do you think the Nephilim were?
Various answers have been devised for who the Nephilim of Genesis 6 were. The answers considered in this article require a belief in an old earth and evolution. The answer from anthropology fails in the physical considerations, as Neanderthals were not giants. The answer from mythology fails in the differences; mythological giants predate humanity rather than being their descendants. The Alien answer fails because the behaviour patterns differ, the Nephilim leading open observable lives, while modern Alien encounters are secretive, as are the births and lives of the alleged hybrids.
When information from outside the Bible is used to provide the primary interpretation of a Biblical text (eisegesis), the normative understanding of the text is displaced. Very often the details in the narrative are ignored, and comparing scripture with scripture will produce contradictions. Maintaining Biblical integrity by seeking for the meaning from within the Biblical text (exegesis) conforms with the normative understanding of the text, and comparing scripture with scripture provides deeper understanding. In the case of the Nephilim it means that the sons of God were angels in human bodies. It means that the daughters of men were Homo sapiens, descendants of Adam and Eve. It means the Nephilim were human. It means that when God brought judgment on man, all of the above were included.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.