Question: I read in Genesis 6 about sons of God marrying daughters of men. Can angels marry and raise children?
Thanks for asking a good question. I am glad to receive this question as I know several people who have varying opinions on this subject. There is a TV preacher who teaches that actual angels came down to earth and had relations with women. This is not true and once you see what the text actually says I think you will agree.
1 And it happened, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and when daughters were born to them,
2 the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were good. And they took wives for themselves from all whom they chose.
3 And Yahweh said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, in his erring; he is flesh. Yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days. And also after that, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore to them, they were mighty men who existed of old, men of renown.
5 And Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And Yahweh repented that He had made man on the earth, and He was angry to His heart.
7 And Yahweh said, I will destroy man whom I have created, from the face of the earth, both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air. For I repent that I have made them.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of Yahweh.
9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.
Keep in mind the word "took" in verse 2. Adam is called a son of God in Luke 3:38. The men doing the taking in Genesis 6 were sons of Adam. In verse 4 it is important to understand the poor translation of giants and men of renown. The Hebrew definitions are listed below.
The men doing the taking were bullies or tyrants and in a conspicuous position or authority. They were probably the leaders. To show this further please read the following from the Book of Jasher.
17 And every man made unto himself a god, and they robbed and plundered every man his neighbor as well as his relative, and they corrupted the earth, and the earth was filled with violence.
18 And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.
19 And the Lord said, I will blot out man that I created from the face of the earth, yea from man to the birds of the air, together with cattle and beasts that are in the field for I repent that I made them.
The bullies were going and taking by force any woman they wanted, married or not. Now you also see why God was unhappy with the adulteration that was going on. This is why the scripture makes the point that Noah was perfect in his lineage. Here is one more scripture that should be included.
"so that you may be blameless and unmixed, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation (race). Among these you shine as lights in the world,"
Paul was talking to those in Philippi not angels. We will now finish with scripture and definitions.
For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in Heaven.
For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are as the angels in Heaven.
For to which of the angels did He say at any time, "You are My Son, this day I have begotten You?" And again, "I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son?"
From H5307; properly, a feller, that is, a bully or tyrant
Intensive from the same as H1397; powerful; by implication warrior, tyrant
men of renown
A primitive word (perhaps rather from H7760 through the idea of definite and conspicuous position; compare H8064); an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character
H8435 to-led-aw', to-led-aw'
From H3205; (plural only) descent, that is, family; (figuratively) history