One of the most difficult tasks I have ever been assigned was trying to teach Junior High students the Bible for 5 years. If I wrote down all the questions asked during my lectures, I could have written a thorough sex ed curriculum. While some of my students were simply trying to waste time, others asked great questions that needed a reply. When inquiring minds want answers, those in authority or leadership positions must feed these hungry souls.
As I started to read the Old Testament again, memories of these questions reverberated within my mind. Once deemed foolish, I am beginning to share a similar interest into the mysteries of the Bible. For example, why is nakedness now equated with shame, Genesis 2:25? Did Cain marry his sister, Genesis 4:17 or did God created other females beside Eve, Genesis 5:1-2? Does Genesis 4:10 explain the concept of ghosts, haunted houses and dead spirits which still dwell on certain properties? Finally, does Genesis 6:1-4 refer to aliens, fallen angels or mixed marriages between giants and normal human beings?
I wish I could answer these questions with a sense of certainty and clarity, but I can’t. Theologians vary, debating these and other topics for centuries. All I can do is provide my best guess based upon my years of study and training.
1) Marriage is a sacred covenant that you make to another man or woman. Once you consecrate this bond, there should be no shame among one another.
2) Based upon the time line of Leviticus 18, it appears God allowed intermarriage initially until the population of Israel was large enough. Once written and communicated by Moses, this type of act was prohibited.
3) Since Jesus and his disciple use the term ghost throughout all 4 gospels, it appears that ghosts and spirits did exist by the first century. Therefore, the growing accounts of paranormal activity today suggest what happened to Abel certainty does occur.
4) Before answering this final question, Genesis 6:1-4 is one of the most controversial passages in the Bible. If you link the great pyramids of Egypt, the great wall of China and other architectural wonders of the world, some credit this advanced knowledge to either aliens or fallen angels. However, the Tower of Babel is erected due to an one world language, making nothing impossible for mankind according to Genesis 11:3-6. Thus, like many mysteries, you will have to wait until the after life to know for sure.
As inquiring minds send me more questions, I will try my best to answer each from a biblical perspective. Continue to following the words of 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, testing everything you hear or read with the Bible.
by Jay Mankus