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Is God an Alien? Part One: The Nephilim

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.”(Genesis 6:4)

The Fallen Angels Hypothesis

The Nephilim were the offspring of “the sons of God” and “the daughters of men”.

Many biblical scholars and laypersons believe that these “sons of God” were fallen angels or demons.

Here’s an argument for this position (position one):  http://bible.org/seriespage/sons-god-and-daughters-men-genesis-61-8.

Others biblical scholars suggest that “sons of God” is better translated as “kings”, or “sons of nobles”, or that the phrase “sons of God” actually refers to the “godly descendants of Seth”.  Adherents to this position tend to assert the Nephilim weren’t necessarily giants, just bad dudes who were taller than everybody else.  Here’s an argument for the more “earthly” position. http://www.apologeticspress.org/rr/reprints/Sons-of-God-in-Genesis-6.pdf

Let’s assume you believe in position one, i.e. the Nephilim were the offspring of fallen angels and “daughters of men”.  Even if you accept the notion that there is such a thing as “spiritual warfare” and that we are fighting against “principalities” and against “hosts of wickedness in heavenly places” (Ephesians 6), the idea that these spiritual beings mated with humans and produced a race of superbeings is probably not something you’re ready to put on a T-shirt or a bumper sticker.  Nevertheless, it is a position that, given certain interpretive presuppositions, is completely sensible and rational.

Ancient Astronaut Theory and The Nephilim:

Many proponents of the Ancient Astronaut theory believe that the Nephilim are actually the offspring of powerful alien beings and “daughters of men”.  Due to the biblical authors’ “mis”-understanding of the technology these aliens used to move between their world and ours, the authors “mis”-interpreted the interstellar travelers as deities or  “sons of God” or fallen angels.

This position, given what we can “know” about the actual events which inspired the biblical story, seems as possible or maybe even as plausible as position one….or does it?  Is the belief in supernatural entities like demons or fallen angels any more supportable, rational, or sensible than the belief in ancient astronauts?

So were the “sons of God” fallen angels or demons?  Or where these mysterious beings extraterrestrial visitors from another planet or galaxy?

Clint

P.S.

(it’s too easy to just say it’s all B.S…..of course it could all just be made up.  But if that’s what you think you probably stopped reading a little while ago….or maybe you like the whole hermeneutic rivalry between these two positions just for kicks….but I digress)


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What is Mothman?

I absolutely loved the movie The Mothman Prophecies starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and Will Patton.  I’ve seen it numerous times and it always manages to creep me out.  If you have not seen it, I definitely recommend it.

The movie is based loosely on the book The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel, the journalist and ufologist who coined the term “Men in Black”.  In the book, Keel writes about the reported sightings in West Virginia of a seven-foot tall winged creature known as Mothman.  While investigating these sightings and interviewing eyewitnesses, Keel experienced some interesting events of his own to include receiving some very strange and frightening phone calls (this part of the movie is one of the most frightening scenes of all time) that may or may not have been from an otherworldly being.

The eyewitness accounts he documented included such things as reports of mutilated pets and farm animals, people seeing a large winged creature with red eyes levitating outside their window, and there are even some seemingly credible accounts of people being chased by a large winged creature with red eyes while driving in their car.  The creature allegedly kept up with the car as it sped along the road at speeds nearing 100mph.

While sitings of Mothman have spanned the last 70 years, many people believe the sightings have something to do with forecasting impending disasters (ala Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, WV) or perhaps even causing them.

Of course, there are many theories in regard to Mothman.  Some believe the creature is merely a large sandhill crane that has undergone genetic mutations caused by chemical spills and industrial waste.  Others believe the Mothman is the result of Chief Cornstalk’s 200-year curse on the town of Point Pleasant.  Some even believe the creature was summoned from beyond by some occult ritual.

No matter what your theory or explanation, the events surrounding these sightings are, at least to me, very interesting.  Keel himself was highly skeptical when it came to alleged UFO sightings and contact with the beyond, and seemed to believe the Mothman was terrestrial in origin.

At the very least his book and the “story” of the Mothman made for a really entertaining movie.

If you’re interested in learning more check out these:

http://www.amazon.com/Mothman-Prophecies-John-Keel/product-reviews/0765341972/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R20EEO898PD7S5

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1931044341/mothmanbooks-20

http://www.mothmanlives.com/

http://www.paraview.com/mothman_central.htm

Clint


Is this the end…of scary movies?

Does anyone remember the movie The Order? Probably not, and for good reason….it was awful.  For me it was a typical example of what we generally see in the area of supernatural thriller/horror movies, meaning it had a great premise but failed to deliver on just about every level.

I saw The Order back  in 2003 while I was in Airborne School.  I had just read William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist and re-watched the film so perhaps my expectations were too high (although I realize there are plenty of people who find The Exorcist silly and not scary; at least they think that way about the film).  Nevertheless,  I was very disappointed with The Order.

That being said, I can only think of three movies that have genuinely frightened me to my “existential core”.  They are:

The Exorcist

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Sixth Sense

To be honest, The Sixth Sense wasn’t “scary” on the same level as the other two.  However, I thought it an outstanding movie that treated its subject with intelligence and depth, where as The Order did not.  Furthermore, while I was “spooked” by The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, and even The Last Exorcism I did not find the films  “spiritually” terrifying.

I’d love you hear some thoughts on why you think the majority of scary movies made are not scary and what you think makes a film truly frightening.  Of course, please give me some recommendations/thoughts/etc. regarding some of your favorite scary movies.


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