Sons of God, Daughters of Men
Long before man's creation, angels were
created, yet sin was unknown until Adam's day. The beginning of sin,
according to the Bible, was in the Garden of Eden. Lucifer,
an angel of very high rank, had long cherished in his heart ambitious
designs. If opportunity ever offered he would show God and the angels his
grand schemes. His thought is expressed by the Prophet: "I would
ascend above the stars [angels], I would be as the Most High"--an
Emperor. When Lucifer beheld the first human pair, he was tempted to try
his experiment. They were a new order of beings in God's moral image. They
had procreative powers, which no angel possessed. Their offspring filling
the Earth would be his subjects, through whom he would work out his
ambitious schemes. Thus Lucifer became Satan--God's opponent.--Isaiah
All the holy angels were bewildered. His
was the first rebellion against the Almighty's laws. No punishment
followed, and the angels queried whether or not God was able to enforce
His laws. Centuries rolled on; the human family was wasting; God's
penalty, "Dying, thou shalt die," was gradually being enforced.
Satan realized that his kingdom of dying subjects would make but a poor
showing ever. He conceived a plan to outwit God and develop a new order of
beings--hybridized humans, infused with superior vitality.
The angels possessed a God-given power of
materialization. They could appear in human bodies resembling those of
men. The Bible attests this. (Genesis 18.) The angels were permitted
contact with the fallen race to prove whether they could bring mankind
back to God.--Hebrews 2:5.
The record of Genesis 6:2-5 is that the
"sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair, and they
took unto themselves wives of all they preferred." Thus the
angels became the fathers of a new race, distinct from Adam's. The record
is that these were giants, physically and intellectually--"men of
renown," who filled the Earth with violence.
The Earth Was Full