I find the mention of giants in the Bible very interesting. Now, as for me, I believe what the Bible has to say and I believe that certain books in it are written as history and not necessarily for doctrine. However, there are many people which make a big deal out of the issue of giants and try to come up with some extra biblical theories surrounding the events prior to the flood.
In the Bible we are told that the Sons of God saw the daughter’s of men and they saw that they were very fair. Then they took wives of them whoever they chose. It also goes on to state that these were the Giants which were the mighty men of renown. Now just to clarify that we are talking about actual giants, we read in the book of Numbers, that when the Hebrews came into the Promised Land, they came across giants known as the “Sons of Anak.” The Israelites make it very clear that these are physical giants, because they said that they were like grasshoppers compared to these people.
I have also come across some very interesting information which is presented in the writings of Josephus. Josephus was a Jew that was assigned the task of documenting the Jews history and culture before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by Titus Vespasian. According to Josephus, the giants were ferocious creatures that fed upon human flesh. The only thing remotely human about these monsters were the fact that they looked human in appearance. As a matter of fact, many other cultures have myths and legends in their history as well, but are they really myths, or are they just forgotten truths?
Now, some are of the opinion that Noah was saved because he was genetically perfect in his day. However, we must consider what perfect really is. You see, they believe that Noah was genetically pure from the influence of the giants. These researchers believe that all of mankind was destroyed by the flood because somehow the genes of man were contaminated by the DNA of the giants, or as they were known, “The Sons of God.” It is obvious that these “Sons of God” were not human because if they were and they had offspring with human women, it would not stand to reason that they would not have anything different than a normal human baby.
It is difficult for me to believe that after a couple of thousands of years of breeding, that Noah, his wife, and his three son’s wives would have to be pure from contamination. It is a bit of a stretch, but anything is possible I suppose, but if that were the case you would think that it would be mentioned somewhere in the Bible. However, when God is telling Noah that he is going to destroy all flesh from off of the face of the earth, he states that in Noah he had found righteousness. Righteousness is determined as believing God just as Abraham did, and righteousness was accounted to him.
I believe the term that he was “Perfect in his day,” was referring to Noah believing in and trusting God. We know that God had made it known to Noah that he was going to destroy all flesh on the earth with a flood. So, what did Noah do, except believe God and act on it? From what we know, Noah spent about a hundred years constructing the ark. All the while his friends and the people he tried to warn of the impending doom, only mocked him.
I am of the belief that it was Noah’s faith and complete trust in God that saved him and his family. Further proof of this is that Noah himself was not perfect in that he did not sin. After the flood had receded and they began to rebuild again, he started to grow a vineyard. When the grapes were ripe he made wine and he drank a little too much. Noah was passed out in his tent naked and we are told explicitly that we should not drink in excess so that we are a drunken. By the way for those of you that think they were drinking grape juice in the Bible, I do not think grape juice will cause you to pass out naked.
When you read the Antiquities of the Jews by Josephus, you truly start to get an understanding at just how evil the people and the times were before the flood. Now some might ask why I put stock into the writings of Josephus. Well, it is simple really; it does match quite nicely with the Scriptures and they are really insightful when explaining the history and traditions of the Jews.
The Holy Bible (King James Version)
Flavius Josephus – Scholar and Historian