Wednesday 15 May, 2019

Genesis 6:1-4

6 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

Is the bible really true? Is it infallible? Is it really God’s word?

Occasionally, I get the honour and the privilege to have an open conversation with someone who is a biblical skeptic. People have all sorts of reasons not to believe in God, but one of the reasons that some people choose not to follow Christ is because they find a problems with the Bible.

My observation is that if someone has a problem with one part of scripture, this causes them to call into question all of scripture. Since The Bible is a foundation of Christian faith, if they can’t believe what the Bible says, they will refuse to believe in God.

Today’s passage is one that contains a narrative that is quite challenging to understand, and also elements that are hard to grapple with if you see the Bible as a factual-historical text.

For me, I enjoy the challenge that these sections of the Bible bring. When I read this passage, I am motivated to seek God and to understand what was going on at the time of the Nephilim? Who were the sons of God? What is God saying to me about my life and my family and my church through this passage?

Lord, thanks for your Word, with its intricacies and complexities. Lord I trust in your word, and I recognise all the evidence that supports that it is reliable and true, even though there are many passages like this one that don’t line up with the anthropological history of humankind in the Bible. Lord help me to be motivated to always seek to reconcile science and history with faith, but also bring me peace in the tension, and keep me motivated by love for other people.

Written by Ps Justin Ware

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