Are they fallen angels, or not?

This blog will be a bit controversial as there are good arguments on both sides.  Probably not a salvation issue, but one that Christians have debated for years.  The first two verses of Genesis 6 read, “When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.”  This event is a prelude to the flood that occurred at the time of Noah.  The question is raised, who are” the sons of God?”  I’ve heard many years ago that the sons of God are fallen angels.  More recently, I heard the same view expressed on a TV show.  However, the spark that led me to express my opinion on the issue is that a person I know and love came to me and asked me about it, as her preacher preached a sermon telling them that the sons of God were fallen angels.  As you have probably gathered, I do not think sons of God are fallen angels.

We see the term ‘sons of God’ in many places in the Bible.  We actually get a definition for the term in Romans 8: 14; “because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”  This definition certainly wouldn’t apply to fallen angels, and it is hard to believe Moses, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, would refer to them as such.  Secondly, if sons of God were fallen angels, then these angels would have been responsible for the evil that follows.  God’s punishment always falls on the guilty.  Here, it was man and not angels that received the punishment.  Third, in these verses the sons of God marry the daughters of men.  Matthew 22: 30 tells us angels don’t marry.  Fourth, Acts 17: 26 tells us that God made all men “of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth…”  Wouldn’t children born of fallen angels make this verse false?  Fifth, after the resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples.  When the disciples first saw Him, they thought they were seeing a ghost.  Jesus said to them, “Behold My hands and my feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have.” (Luke 24: 39, KJV).  Angels could not become flesh and bone on their own accord.

So, if the sons of God were not fallen angels, who were they?  For me, the answer can be found in the two chapters of Genesis preceding Genesis 6.  In Genesis 4 we read the account of Cain killing Abel.  “The Lord said, ‘what have you done?  Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.  Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground…’  Cain said to the Lord, ‘my punishment is more than I can bear.  Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence;  I will be a restless wanderer on the earth…” (Genesis 4: 10-14)  In chapter 5 we get the name of another of Adam’s sons, Seth.  (Seth is in the line of Noah).  So, here we get two distinct groups of people; the descendants of Seth (sons of God), and the descendants of Cain (daughters of men

About the Author

Dan Porte
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Dan is a graduate of Otterbein College (now University). He graduated with a degree in education. From time to time Dan still substitute teaches. His interest in history led him to investigate the historical accuracy of the Bible. This, in turn, led to a full investigation of Apologetics.

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