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The God in Genesis was a Physical Being

Updated on July 5, 2011
God, from "heaven," rains sulfur and fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah.
God, from "heaven," rains sulfur and fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah. | Source

The God in Genesis was a Physical Being

If you read the Bible when you were young, the church probably dictated your perspective of its meaning. But, if you read Genesis with an open mind, you might just notice something peculiar: God is a physical being that lives in the heavens (sky above).

Anyone can make this claim, but the most important source is the Bible itself. So, let’s see what the Bible really reveals.

Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.”

Genesis 3:8 - They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

This sentence is in direct contradiction to the notion that God is everywhere, seeing that “the man and his wife” were able to hide from Him.

Zecharia Sitchin proposed the idea that extraterrestrials mixed their genetic makeup with the genetic makeup of primates in order to create “humankind.” This sounds farfetched, but consider the unusual longevity of some of the very first humans:

Adam lived for 930 years.

Seth lived for 912 years.

Enosh lived for 905 years.

Kenan lived for 910 years.

Mahalalel lived for 895 years.

Jared lived for 962 years.

Genesis 5.23 – Thus all of the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty-five years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him.

Enoch didn’t die, yet he was taken by God. This must mean that he went to the “heavens” with God.

Methuselah lived for 969 years.

Lamech lived for 777 years.

It gets even better. As though the previous oddities weren’t odd enough, the Bible throws us another curveball:

Genesis 6:1-2 – When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that they were fair; and they took wives for themselves of all that they chose.

Genesis 6:3-4 – Then the LORD said, “My spirit shall not abide in mortals forever, for they are flesh; their days shall be one hundred twenty years.” Nephilim were on the earth in those days – and also afterward – when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them.

The above four verses may be the strongest evidence there is in the Bible of ancient extraterrestrial activity on Earth.

There are a few main phrases to key in on: “the sons of God,” “for they are flesh,” “one hundred twenty years,” “Nephilim” and “daughters of humans.”

The “sons of God” are distinctly different from what God considers those who “are flesh.” In other words, the “flesh” refers to humankind, whereas “the sons of God” is rather ambiguous. Furthermore, the “Nephilim were on the earth in those day – and also afterward,” which indicates that they left at some point before writing took place.

The sons of God had sex with the daughters of humans. If it were simply humans having sex, this blatant statement would not need to be included. Completely bizarre…

Random Fact: The dove with an olive branch is a symbol for peace. Its origins are from Genesis. Noah released a dove to find dry land during the Great Flood. When the dove returned to Noah it held an olive branch, which indicated that God had made peace with his creation.

Noah lived for 950 years (clearly, he wasn’t of the “flesh,” otherwise his days would have been “one hundred twenty years”).

No matter what you believe, it is fairly obvious that some God did exist. The stories found in Genesis are also found in other ancient texts. These were obviously very important events that needed to be documented for future generations to be aware of.

When the people began constructing a tower “with its top in the heavens,” a clear indicator that the heavens meant the sky, God gets upsets and “[comes] down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built.”

In the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, God has a powerful weapon that he uses to destroy the cities from the heavens:

Genesis 19:24 – Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the LORD out of heavens.

Again, “heaven” was located above the Earth. It is a physical location from which God operated.

The Bible may be poetic in a sense, but it also contains Truth, as in “these events actually took place.” Why refute it? Why would ancient people make up these glorious stories? They didn’t. God was here.


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      asaf 4 years ago

      You should not have stopped with genesis. There is a lot more proof especially in exodus that god is a physical being.

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      daskittlez69 6 years ago from midwest

      This was a great hub. I have different opinions on matters of the bible or who or what God is. One thing I would like to note is that when God said “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.” I personally believe he meant a spirit not a physical body. Here is an up and an interesting!

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      ruffridyer 6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      My church teaches that God has a physical body of flesh and bones. That he dwells on a world and is the Father of all our spirits.

      There are other earth's throughout the universe populated with his son's and daughters but they do not visit other worlds.

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      Beth 6 years ago

      Lol, way to think creatively. Keep reading the Bible, can't wait to see the conversations we will have :) I love our chats.

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      Jerad Maplethorpe 6 years ago from Minneapolis, Minn.

      Daniel: Thanks for the comment. I believe we have so much more potential than what we are achieving. And, no, I don't believe God will ever destroy the Earth again, as you mentioned. I wonder if we will ever "meet" God again.

      Paradise: I am glad that you are open to the idea. After all, it is merely an alternative interpretation. Some people are too close-minded to even consider it. Unfortunately, I don't think we'll ever know for sure either.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Very interesting. I've read this argument for the intervention of extraterrestrials in the evolution of humans, or something similar to it, before. I'm fascinated but I don't think we'll ever know for absolutely certain. It's plausible to me; to other people, it might reek of sci-fi.

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      Daniel J. Neumann 6 years ago from Harrisburg, Pa


      This is a very interesting interpretation of the Bible. It must be as valid as the Church's. If you're correct in your belief, then perhaps we're not so far off from reaching the “heavens” again, not so far off from reaching millennial life-spans, and, consequently, not so far off from another flood.

      And yet I'm reminded of the conclusion to Noah's story: A rainbow shown to the survivors reminding them of God’s promise to not ever get so pissed off again.

      Thanks for sharing this,