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上帝的儿子们是谁?

作者:道格·巴契勒 牧师日期:2017-03-17 22:53:13浏览数:3478
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1938年10月30日,万圣节的晚上,大多数的美国人都像往常一样,将收音机调到了哥伦比亚广播电台。当时刚播完天气预报,正在放音乐。可是突然间,音乐被一条关于火星发生怪异爆炸的新闻所打断。接着是播报员向听众保证,稍后还会发布更多的相关信息,请继续收听,然后,音乐声再度响起。

夜色渐浓,而电台里的音乐则不停地被中断。这一次报道的,是可怕的入侵——来自火星的外星人,空降到新泽西州,以及世界各地。我们的地球正在遭受着空前的袭击,人们纷纷逃离自己的家园,在大街上惊慌失措……

一切皆是虚构

刚才人们所听到的一切,是出自年轻的奥森·威尔斯(Orson Wells)之手的广播剧《世界大战》,它改编自赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯(H.G.Wells)的同名著作。剧中所呈现出的故事情节实在是扣人心弦,就像真实发生的一样。以致当时的许多听众,都把这一虚构的广播剧当真了。

那些惊慌失措的人们,听到的只是片面、不完整的信息。他们从中间开始,只听了故事的一部分。因为没有听到广播剧的头尾处所作的“本剧纯属虚构”的声明,在不清楚上下文背景的情况下,难免会以为世界末日已到,天要塌了。

与之相似的是,在《圣经》创世记中的一段经文,若脱离上下文去读,也会让人产生这种错觉,以为地球要被外星人入侵。下面,让我们一起来看看这段极易被人质疑的经文:

“当人在世上多起来,又生女儿的时候。上帝的儿子们看见人的女子美貌,就随意挑选,娶来为妻。”(创6:1-2)

读到这,有人可能会认为“上帝的儿子们”,指的是那些入侵地球的外星人。他们相信,这些生灵是堕落的天使,或是来自宇宙的外星人,他们娶了人类的女子为妻,并生养后代。人们把这种想法进一步合理化,继而认为,创世记6:4节提到的“伟人”便是外星人与人类结合的后代。他们甚至认为,正是这种邪恶的结合才导致了恶人日益增多。

表面上看,这似乎是对经文的合理解释。但正如我们所见,若没有深入了解其上下文的内容,而只看这一段,那么你会觉得,真的是很迷茫,就像把某些小说当真了一样。幸运的是,我们可以从圣经中收集更多的信息,来解开关于“上帝的儿子们”究竟是谁的这一迷团。

天使是服役的生灵

英皇钦定版圣经(KJV圣经)以两种主要的形式,使用了“上帝的儿子们”这一术语共11次,但从未指明“上帝的儿子们”就是天使。

“祂造天使为灵……”(诗104:4 KJV直译)天使是灵,没有肉体。虽然我们看不见,但他们却环绕着我们。通常情况下,天使以灵界的形式存在,没有我们这个世界的物理属性,因此他们不需要上学、找工作或养家糊口。他们的存在是为了“奉差遣为那将要承受救恩的人效力。”(来1:14)

就算他们想结婚生子,也是不能,因为没有人类的DNA。如果真要作个比喻,可能水母嫁给山羊,比天使嫁娶人类还要来得容易些。因此相信创世记6:1-2节提到的天使要与人类结婚,是没有实际意义的,不管是指恶天使还是圣天使。

天使并非通过生养而来,他们是被创造出来的。如果上帝想要更多的天使,祂不需要把天使与人类、或与其他天使结合来繁衍后代。祂可以从无到有,创造天使。正如论到路锡甫时上帝说:“又有精美的鼓笛在你那里,都是在你受造之日预备齐全的。”(结28:13)

此外,耶稣清楚地告诉我们,天使不结婚。婚姻是专为人类设立的独有制度。“当复活的时候,人也不娶,也不嫁,乃像天上的使者一样。”(太22:30)马可福音与路加福音也提到同样的事情:“因为他们不能再死,和天使一样,既是复活的人,就为上帝的儿子。”(路20:36)请注意,在这里,耶稣区分了天使和上帝的儿子。他们被分别出来,证明他们并非同类。

那么,如果“上帝的儿子们”不是指天使,又会是谁?

宇宙的生命体?

“上帝的儿子们”会不会是太空入侵者?圣经告诉我们,在宇宙中还有其他生命存在,耶稣还造了其他行星。正如希伯来书所清楚的指明,上帝“也曾藉着祂(耶稣)造诸世界。”(来1:2)

同时,在迷羊走失的比喻中,我们知道,地球正是那只走失的迷羊——一个走上歪路、迷失的世界,一个需要基督来拯救的世界。既然地球是众羊中的一只,那么我们不难理解,上帝曾以祂无限的大能,创造了诸世界和其上的生命。当然,我们知道,在创造我们所居住的地球以先,上帝已经创造了撒拉弗、基路伯和其他天使,所以我们可以确知,宇宙中至少存在着这些外星生命。

“因为万有都是靠祂造的,无论是天上的、地上的”(西1:16)“我又听见在天上、地上、地底下、沧海里和天地间一切所有被造之物都说:‘但愿颂赞、尊贵、荣耀、权势都归给坐宝座的和羔羊,直到永永远远。’”(启5:13)

虽然如此,但这些被造物大都不会拜访这个地球,因为地球正被一种称为“罪”的致命传染病所影响,我们所有人都需要隔离。正如在医院中,能进入隔离病房的只有医务人员;同样,上帝的天使就是这些医务人员——他们是服役的生灵,为救赎我们而工作着。

这世界的王

几千年前,在天上曾召开过一次有趣的会议。“有一天,上帝的众子来侍立在耶和华面前,撒但也来在其中。”(伯1:6)

出席这次会议的有上帝的众子,以及撒但。撒但说,他是从“地上”走来走去,往返而来。上帝的众子们的所代表的,乃是宇宙中未曾堕落的诸世界。而撒但的所代表的,正是地球。

为什么撒但会作为地球的代表,去参加天国的会议呢?起初,上帝创造亚当,并赋予他管理全地的权力。上帝告诉亚当和夏娃:“要管理海里的鱼、空中的鸟,和地上各样行动的活物。”(创1:28)

亚当若顺服上帝,就享有治理地球的权柄。但自从亚当因听从了撒但的言语而犯罪之后,地球的管理权便被撒但所窃夺。正如罗马书所说:“或作罪的奴仆,以至于死;或作顺命的奴仆,以至成义。”(罗6:16)

就连耶稣也提到,撒旦乃是“这世界的王。”(约12:31)

在路加福音中,耶稣的家谱可一直追溯到亚当。请注意路加是如何谈到这一血统的:“以挪士是塞特的儿子,塞特是亚当的儿子,亚当是上帝的儿子。”(路3:38)

塞特和亚当的区别在于,是否有肚脐(即是否胎生)。亚当,是由上帝亲手所造,是上帝的儿子,拥有治理地球的权力;塞特,是由夏娃所生(要剪脐带,所以有肚脐)。因此,“上帝的儿子们”的定义之一就是:上帝所造,且拥有统治祂所造之诸世界的权柄。他们不是胎生的,而是由上帝直接创造而来。

约伯记告诉我们,地球被造时,“晨星一同歌唱,上帝的众子也都欢呼。”(伯38:7)这里的“晨星”是指天使,而“上帝的众子们”则是指诸世界的管理者。

讲到这里,我想,大家已经明白“上帝的儿子们”这一术语的第一种用法。那么接下来,让我们来谈谈“上帝的儿子们”这一术语第二种用法。

义人的后嗣

“上帝的儿子们”的另一个意思,是指因被上帝的圣灵充满而重生的人。正如保罗所说:“因为凡被上帝的灵引导的,都是上帝的儿子。”(罗8:14)对此,马太福音5:9节作了补充:“使人和睦的人有福了,因为他们必称为上帝的儿子。”

在这里,耶稣口中的“上帝的儿子”明显是指人类说的,但不是全部的人类,而是指那些使人和睦的、被圣灵充满的上帝公义的儿女。所以,我们决不能将之解释为天使或外星人。

“凡接待祂的,就是信祂名的人,祂就赐他们权柄,作上帝的儿女。”(约1:12)注意,那些原本不是上帝儿女的人,只要在心中愿意信祂,接待祂,都能成为上帝的儿女。

这里需要指出的是,“上帝的儿子们”在许多圣经译本中被译为“上帝的孩子们”,因其并不单指男性。加拉太书3:26节说:“所以,你们因信基督耶稣,都是上帝的孩子。”因着信,男人或女人,都能成为“上帝的孩子”。(参看经文 赛56:5;腓2:15)

从上述经文以及其它章节,我们可以得出确切的结论:创世记6章中所说的“上帝的儿子”是指属上帝的、行为正直的人。

人的女子

既然上帝的儿子是指行为正直的人,那么,“人的女子”就自然是指那些不求告上帝之名的不义之人。通过上下文,我们可从圣经得知,“人的女子”指的是该隐同他的妻子所生的后代。

亚当和夏娃原本有两个儿子——该隐和亚伯。后来该隐谋杀了亚伯,所以上帝又赐给亚当和夏娃另一个儿子——塞特。而后,塞特又生养儿女,那时,他们“才求告耶和华的名。”(创4:25,26)因此,从圣经可知,那些求告上帝之名的人,被称为上帝的儿子。

而该隐却离开了耶和华的面,他“去住在伊甸东边挪得之地。该隐与妻子同房,他妻子就怀孕,生了以诺。该隐建造了一座城,就按着他儿子的名,将那城叫作以诺。”(创4:16-18)

在洪水以先,该隐的后代住在城里,塞特的后代住在乡村。只要他们分开居住,“上帝的儿子们”(塞特的后代)就仍能保持其信仰和生活上的纯正。

但遗憾的是,最终他们还是开始联姻。或许是因为上帝的儿子们居于乡村,而他们所需的用品却能从“人的女子”(该隐的后代)所住城市中轻易获得。结果一来二去,上帝的儿子们便和人的女子们熟络起来,进而成为朋友。不管怎样,塞特的后代,或说上帝的儿子,开始娶了人的女子——该隐的后代为妻。

异族通婚

(上帝的儿女,在举手投足和衣着打扮上,都会表现得庄重严谨,与世人迥异。但那些背离上帝的人,则会顺着本性,在行事为人及衣着打扮上,极尽炫耀和诱惑之能事。而这一切对于那些与之接触的上帝的儿子们,便构成了严重的试探——那会吸引他们的眼球并诱惑他们的心。)

当然,上帝的儿子们也很可能在想,这样的结合或许会对他们有好处,他们或许会认为,这样可以改变该隐后代的异教信仰,并带领她们认识上帝。然而,上帝明确的忠告却是:

“你们和不信的原不相配,不要同负一轭。义和不义有什么相交呢?光明和黑暗有什么相通呢?基督和彼列(“彼列”就是撒但的别名)有什么相和呢?信主的和不信主的有什么相干呢?上帝的殿和偶像有什么相同呢?因为我们是永生上帝的殿。”(林后6:14-16)

上帝不希望祂的儿女们,与还未改变信仰或不信主的人结婚,即便他们有漂亮的脸蛋,美好的性情,或对其它宗教信仰的热诚。上帝告诉我们,人若违背上帝的旨意,其结局必是一样,夫妻关系定会出现问题。

因此,这样的异族通婚所带来的影响,不仅仅是出现了上古的伟人,而且更多的是痛苦与悲伤。不是上帝的儿子们改变了人的女子,使他们归向上帝;反倒是人的女子影响了上帝的儿子,使他们随从了异教假神,远离上帝。

“不可与他们结亲,不可将你的女儿嫁他们的儿子;也不可叫你的儿子娶他们的女儿,因为他必使你儿子转离不跟从主,去侍奉别神,以致耶和华的怒气向你们发作,就速速地将你们灭绝。”(申7:3-4)

当上帝儿子与人的女子结合之后,随之而来的灾难性故事,在圣经中比比皆是。如在士师记14:3节中,我们看到了参孙——上帝所拣选的士师,受到非利士女子的迷惑,远离上帝。虽然他的父母恳劝其不要娶异教新娘,但他却一意孤行。

还有所罗门,他坚信自己娶异教女子为妻,定能改变她们的信仰。然而,这些异族女子却使他远离了上帝,并随从她们拜偶像。这就是为何上帝如此坚决要求祂的孩子们,不能与不信之人结婚的原因。很多时候,往往是信主之人慢慢地被不信之人改变,而不是人们所想的,只要够坚定就能改变不信之人。

(当然,在这里我们不得不强调的是,不单是信与不信之人,就是同为基督徒,若对方所信的教义与自己所持定的真理不同,也不当与之步入婚姻的殿堂。当基督说“信与不信的原不相配”时,这里的信,不单是指信不信耶稣,更是指信不信真理。)

今日,对于生活在末世的我们,耶稣同样警告我们:

“挪亚的日子怎样,人子降临也要怎样。当洪水以前的日子,人照常吃喝嫁娶,直到挪亚进方舟的那日。”(太24:37-38)

从耶稣的话语中,我们或许可以推测,创世记6章所提到的异族通婚,很有可能就是导致洪水灭世的根本原因。

现今我们所处的时代,正如挪亚洪水以前的日子一样,由此我们可知,毁灭性的事件行将再度发生。只是这一次,不再是洪水,而是烈火。耶稣再来时,火海会淹没一切。历史将会重演,但我们若顺从基督,就不会成为重蹈覆辙的人。因为我们有……

作出选择的机会

不是每个人认为自己是上帝的儿女,就会成为上帝的儿女。法利赛人曾向耶稣夸口说,他们是亚伯拉罕的子孙。但耶稣纠正说:“你们若是亚伯拉罕的儿子,就必行亚伯拉罕所行的事。”(约8:39)耶稣告诉这些宗教领袖:“你们是出于你们的父魔鬼,你们父的私欲,你们偏要行。”(约8:44)这向我们指明,那用以检验我们身份的简单原则在于:我们的行为,因为它代表了我们是跟从哪一位“父亲”。

当我们重生,成为上帝家中的一员时,我们必会效法天父。使徒约翰说:“人若说他住在主里面,就该自己照主所行的去行。”(约壹2:6)

假如你现在还不是上帝的儿女,不要难过,因为好消息是,你现在就可以作出选择,以使自己成为这个家庭中的新成员。

“摩西因着信,长大了就不肯称为法老女儿之子。他宁可和上帝的百姓同受苦害,也不愿暂时享受罪中之乐。他看为基督受的凌辱比埃及的财物更宝贵,因他想望所要得的赏赐。”(来11:24-26)

当听到上帝的呼召时,摩西便将自己作为埃及法老女儿之子的名分,以及他所拥有的一切荣华富贵,都毅然抛弃,因他立志要获得上帝儿子的身份。同样,藉着耶稣,你也可以成为上帝家中的一员。

“及至时候满足,上帝就差遣祂的儿子,为女子所生,且生在律法以下,要把律法以下的人赎出来,叫我们得着儿子的名分。你们既为儿子,上帝就差祂儿子的灵进入你们的心,呼叫:‘阿爸,父!’可见,从此以后,你不是奴仆,乃是儿子了。既是儿子,就靠着上帝为后嗣。”(加4:4-7)

若专心寻求,此刻,你就可以选择成为宇宙之君的儿女,成为上帝所喜悦的孩子,并承受永生。你愿意吗?


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 Aliens, Angels, or Adopted? Who Are the Sons of God?

 By Pastor Doug Batchelor

October 30, 1938. It was Halloween night, and much of America had tuned their radios to the Columbia Broadcasting System, which had just finished reporting on the weather and began playing music. Within moments, the broadcast was interrupted by a news flash about strange explosions on Mars. The announcer reassured the audience that as more information became available, more announcements would be made. Then the music continued.

As the night progressed, the music was interrupted frequently, now with terrifying reports of an invasion. Aliens from Mars had landed in New Jersey and in cities around the world. The Earth was under attack. Panic filled the streets as many people fled their homes.

But it was all fiction.

A young Orson Wells had adapted the H.G. Wells’ book War of the Worlds for broadcast and modified the script to present the story as though it was happening in real time. Many listeners took the fictional radio play to be real.

Those who panicked were operating with incomplete information. They had failed to hear the station announce at the beginning and the end of the broadcast that it was all mere drama. Coming in at the middle, hearing only part of the story, they had no context and ran off thinking the sky was falling.

Similarly, a passage in Genesis when read out of context has caused many to believe that Earth has been invaded by aliens from outer space. Let’s take a look at that challenging verse:

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose (Genesis 6:1, 2).

Some believe that the term “sons of God” refers to extraterrestrial invaders. They believe that these beings are fallen angels or aliens from space who took human females as wives and produced offspring. They rationalize this belief by saying that the progeny produced by these unions were “giants” (v. 4). They believe these unholy unions were ultimately responsible for the increased wickedness of man.

On the surface, this seems to be a reasonable explanation of Scripture. But as we shall see, without understanding the context that surrounds this passage, you can actually be confused into believing that certain fictions are real. Fortunately, we can clear up any confusion on the sons of God quite easily by gathering more information from the Bible.

Angels Are Spirits

The King James Bible uses the term “sons of God” 11 times in two primary ways. However, it never uses the term to refer to an angelic being.

He who makes his angels spirits …” (Psalms 104:4). Angels are spirits; they are not flesh. They are all around us now, but we cannot see them. They generally remain in their spiritual form and have no physical integration in our world—they don’t go to school, get jobs, or raise families. They are here to “minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:14).

Even if they wanted to marry and have babies, they couldn’t; they don’t have human DNA. It would be easier for a jellyfish to marry a mountain goat than for angels to marry people. Thus, it doesn’t make practical sense to believe that our passage in Genesis refers to the marriage of angels, fallen or holy, to humans.

Angels are not born; they are created. If God wanted more angels, He wouldn’t need to marry them off to humans or other angels to reproduce. He could create them from scratch. Speaking of Lucifer, God said, “The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created (Ezekiel 28:13 NKJV, emphasis added).

Moreover, Jesus tells us plainly that angels do not marry. Marriage is a uniquely human institution, reserved for mankind. “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven” (Matthew 22:30). Mark and Luke suggest the same thing: “Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God” (Luke 20:36; some translations render it “sons of God”). Notice here that Jesus makes a distinction between angels and sons of God. They are classified separately, which means they are not the same thing.

So if the sons of God are not angels, what are they?

Cosmic Life?

While the sons of God were not space invaders, the Bible does appear to teach that there is other life in the cosmos. It is clear in Scripture that Jesus made other planets: God “has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:2 NKJV).

In the parable of the lost sheep, the Earth represents the one lost sheep, a wandering world that went astray, the one Christ came to save. It’s easy to imagine that God, in His infinite existence, created other worlds with other physical beings. Of course, we know He had seraphim and cherubim and other angels prior to our world, so at a minimum we know there are at least those extraterrestrial creatures. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth” (Colossians 1:16 NKJV). “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth ... I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!’ ” (Revelation 5:13 NKJV).

However, most of these other created beings do not visit this world. The Earth is infected with a deadly contagious disease called sin, and we are likely quarantined. The only ones allowed to go into a quarantined hospital ward are the hospital staff; in this case, God’s angels. They are ministering spirits.

Princes of Planets

Thousands of years ago, an intriguing meeting took place in heaven. “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them” (Job 1:6).

In attendance at this meeting are sons of God, as well as Satan himself. Satan says that he has come from the Earth. The sons of God were there representing their un-fallen worlds in God’s universe. Satan was there to represent the Earth.

Why would Satan be representing our world? Originally, Adam had dominion over the Earth. He was created by God to subdue and manage it. God said to Adam and Eve, “Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth on the earth” (Genesis 1:28).

While Adam was in obedience to God, he enjoyed dominion over the world. But once Adam sinned and obeyed Satan, that dominion was forfeited to the enemy. “To whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness” (Romans 6:16 NKJV).

Even Jesus referred to Satan as “the prince of this world” (John 12:31).

In the Gospel of Luke, the genealogy of Jesus is traced all the way back to Adam. Notice what Luke says about this lineage: “the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God” (Luke 3:38, emphasis added).

The difference between Seth and Adam is the bellybutton. Adam was created by the hand of God; Seth was born of Eve. Adam was the son of God, created to have dominion over the Earth. Thus one definition for sons of God is those beings God Himself created to have dominion over the worlds He made. These beings were not born but were created directly by God.

Job 38:7 tells us that when our world was created, “the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy.” The “morning stars” are angels, whereas “the sons of God” are the leaders of other worlds. (See Revelation 1:20.)

With that cleared up, let’s talk about the second way the term “sons of God” is used.

Heirs of Righteousness

The other meaning of sons of God refers to human beings who have been recreated by God’s Spirit. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). Matthew 5:9 adds, “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God” (NKJV).

Here Jesus is obviously referring to human beings, but not just any human beings; these are peacemakers, the righteous children of God. In no way should this be construed to refer to angels or aliens.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). Notice that there were those who were not sons of God, but that through receiving Him became sons of God.

It should be mentioned that “sons of God” doesn’t mean just males. Many Bible translations render the phrase “children of God.” Galatians 3:26 says, “For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” It is by faith that a man or woman becomes a “child of God.” (See also Isaiah 56:5; Philippians 2:15.)

The inescapable conclusion from these verses and others is that the sons of God in Genesis 6 refers to the righteous children of God.

Daughters of Men

The term “daughters of men,” therefore, refers to the unrighteous children of men, those human beings who do not call on the name of the Lord. In the context of our Bible passage, “daughters of men” refers to the offspring of Cain and his wife.

Originally, Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain murdered Abel, so God gave Adam and Eve another son, Seth. He began to have children of his own, and they “began to call on the name of the Lord” (Genesis 4:25, 26). And from what we’ve seen in the Bible, those who call on the name of the Lord are called the sons of God.

Now Cain had been banished from God’s presence. He settled “in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch” (Genesis 4:16–18).

Here, before the Flood, we have the descendants of Cain living in cities and the descendants of Seth living in the country. As long as they remained separate, the sons of God remained pure in their religious beliefs and practices.

However, eventually they began to intermingle. Maybe the sons of God needed supplies that could be easily obtained in the cities where the daughters of men resided. The sons of God and daughters of men became familiar with each other, even friendly. Whatever the case, soon the descendants of Seth, or sons of God, began to marry the daughters of men, or the descendants of Cain.

Mixed Marriages

It’s even quite possible the sons of God went into this situation with good intentions. Maybe they believed they could convert these daughters of Cain, introducing them to the Lord their God. However, the counsel of God is clear:

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:14–18).

God does not want His children marrying the unconverted or the unbelieving, even if they have a pretty face, the nicest disposition, or a passionate belief in another religion. It makes no difference; God says that relationship will have problems.

So the result of these intermarriages was not only giants, but sorrow. Instead of the sons of God influencing the daughters of men, the daughters of men influenced the sons of God.

Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly (Deuteronomy 7:3, 4; emphasis added).

The Bible is filled with stories about the sons of God mingling with the daughters of men and the disasters that follow as a result. Samson, chosen by God, was derailed by the Philistine women. His parents pled with him to avoid marrying a pagan bride, but he insisted on having what he wanted (Judges 14:3).

Solomon no doubt believed that he could marry the daughters from pagan nations and convert them. However, those pagan daughters drew away Solomon’s heart. This is why God is so adamant about His children not marrying unbelievers. It is almost always the case that the believer is gradually transformed by the unbeliever, not the other way around.

Jesus likewise has a warning for us in these end-times:

But as the days of [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that [Noah] entered into the ark (Matthew 24:37, 38).

Jesus here is likely referring to the mixed marriages of Genesis 6 that brought on the universal wickedness leading to the Flood.

As in Noah’s day, before the Flood, things that led to the destruction of the world with a deluge by water are going to happen again. They are a preview of what’s going to happen before the destruction of the world by a flood of fire when Jesus returns. History is going to repeat itself, but we don’t have to be among the repeat offenders.

Adoption Choices

Not everyone who thinks they are a son or daughter of God really is. The Pharisees boasted to Jesus that they were the children of Abraham. Jesus corrected them. “If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham” (John 8:39). This is a simple principle to test our heritage. Which “father” do we follow in our actions? Jesus told the religious leaders, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do” (John 8:44).

When we are born again and adopted into the family of God, we will want to imitate our heavenly Father. “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked” (1 John 2:6 NKJV).

If you are not a son or daughter of God now, the wonderful news is that you can choose a new family.

By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward (Hebrews 11:24–26 NKJV).

When called by God, Moses traded in his Egyptian adoption for a heavenly one. Through Jesus, you can too.

When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ (Galatians 4:4–7 NKJV).

Right now you can choose to be a child of the King, an heir of eternal life, and become a son or daughter of God in whom He is well pleased! Just ask Him.