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Does Genesis 6:1-2 mean that angels married women - real, live human beings?

The passage speaks of men (people), their daughters, and the "sons of God." If we include verses 3-7 in the passage, it suggests that the result of the marriages of the "sons of God" to the "daughters of men" was moral corruption of such extent and magnitude that God sent the Flood to wipe out humanity.

Commentators are divided in their interpretation of the passage. Some hold that the "sons of God" were the godly line of Seth, and the "daughters of men" were the offspring of Cain. In my opinion, there is evidence for this view. More easily defended is the seemingly bizarre interpretation that the "sons of God" were fallen angels or, at best, demon-possessed men bent on corrupting the human race. I believe that the New Testament refers to the incident in two places: 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6.

Not all fallen angels were cast into hell; not all are "into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment." Many fallen angels are relatively free to roam about as Satan's servants. It may be that those who were cast into hell were guilty of another crime in addition to their original rebellion. They are the "sons of God" who tried to destroy the human race.

BY C. Donald Cole

C. DONALD COLE hosted Moody Radio‚Äôs Open Line for 26 years before retiring in 2008. Before joining the team at the Moody Bible Institute in 1971, Pastor Cole and his wife, Naomi, served the Lord as missionaries in Angola from 1948 until 1966. Pastor Cole then served as a faculty member of Emmaus Bible College of Dubuque and as editor of Interest magazine.

Pastor Cole authored several books, and was married to his wife Naomi for 65 years before he went home to the Lord in 2012.

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