Truth in the Text Part X – Noah, Father of the Races?

 

The US Census form allows us to identify our RACE based on skin color, national origin, or socio-cultural group. Since the 2000 census, essentially any number of self-identifying terms can be added to their list. No longer are we required to be only Caucasoid, Negroid, Mongoloid, or Other.

The hard divisions associated with the term race are softening and the term itself is often replaced with ‘ethnicity’ or ‘people groups’ which is far more than skin color brackets. It allows for differing countries of origin, ancestry, beliefs, languages, and customs.

Biologically there is only one race – the human race of Homo sapiens. The genetic difference between any two people on the earth is roughly 0.2%. This variation explains why I sneeze when the pollen count climbs and you don’t, why I have to keep check on my thyroid but don’t worry so much about diabetes.  Continue reading

Truth in the Text Part IX – Digging up the Roots of Your Family Tree

“This is the family tree of the sons of Noah as they developed into nations. From them, nations developed all across the earth after the flood.” (Genesis 10:32).

How far back can you trace your ancestry? Many of us know the countries from which our fore-fathers came, but with little details. We can, however, start from the other end, from the beginning, and get a different perspective of our lineage. The descendants of Noah left nations in their wake that exist today.

To begin, let’s review some World History:

Creation was approximately 6,000 years ago, and from Adam and Eve there were sons and daughters who had children who had more children and more children for the next 2,000 years. Unfortunately, they were a corrupt bunch who chose to ignore God’s warning of impending judgment, so they died in a world-wide flood. The one righteous man, Noah, was spared with his wife, three sons, and their wives.

Shem, Ham, and Japheth, Noah’s boys, had children who had children and once again there was a population of humans on the earth, all living in one region. God told them to fill the earth but they didn’t, so he sent another big judgment. At Babel (in modern-day Iraq) approximately seventy new languages were distributed among them all at once.

Divided by language, people groups began to fill the earth, starting from Mesopotamia, the ‘Cradle of Civilization,’ and radiating outward. Some lived in caves before building settlements. Others built boats and discovered islands. Some crossed land bridges exposed during the Ice Age, and populated to the tip of South America.

Whoa! Are you sticking the Ice Age into world history only 2000 years ago? And how do you explain the different ‘racial’ groups and skin color? Do all the languages of today show common origins or not? Continue reading

Truth in the Text Part V – Who were the Nephilim?

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God went to the daughters of the human beings, and had children by them. These were the heroes of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:4, TNIV)

There were giants in the earth in those days: and also after that, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (KJV)

So who exactly are these ‘sons of God’, daughters of men, and their offspring, the Nephilim, in the time of Noah?

I’ll briefly cover the primary theories, the ones discussed in Biblical circles anyway. There is an alien invasion theory that has a following, too, but I won’t go there in this blog.

I. Fallen Angel View (most popular view)

The ‘sons of God’ are angels that chose to leave heaven, often called ‘fallen angels.’ They bred with human women and the Nephilim were the offspring.

Supported by:

a. Other uses of ‘sons of God’ in the Bible refer to heavenly beings (Job 1;6, 2:1, 38:7, Ps 82:6, 29:1, 89:6)

b. Angels are able to leave heaven and sin. Some are ‘in chains’ because of their sin in Noah’s day. Their sin seems to be associated with sexual misconduct. (I Peter 3:18-20; 2 Peter 2:4-10, Jude 6).

c. The word nephilim is related to the Hebrew verb ‘to fall.’

d. The Nephilim are described as ‘mighty men, men of renown.’ The word is translated as ‘giants’ in the King James Bible. The half angel, half human idea lends itself to this idea.

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