I don’t know if it’s the rebellious, ‘question all authority’ streak in me, or merely a ‘damn-the-cannonballs-and-full-steam-ahead’ bravado, but I continually find myself questioning everything - even the things I tend to believe with the faith of a true zealot. As far back as my conservative, fundamentalist, evangelical seminary training, I tended to buck the system. I have no desire to create the false history that I was some sort of youthful, angst-ridden, anarchistic rebel, but suffice it to say I was, many times, labeled a ‘trouble maker,’ simply for asking certain questions. It was sometimes a serious charge leveled at me, and other times a tongue-in-cheek, wink-&-nudge understanding by my professors that they, too, suspected there was much more beneath the surface of our systematic theological dogmas.
That is the foundational stuff that culminated in my writing a book on the Nephilim. The stories of the bible had been presented to me so many times over the course of my childhood, that I felt I already possessed all the answers. But the detriment to being raised with those old stories is that they start to take on the aura of being just that – tales. We forget that these things, however they actually happened in the course of history, were real events happening to real people somewhere at their core.
It wasn’t until I began thinking through my beliefs and sifting through the stories of faith, that I started noticing the missing elements and recognizing the gaping holes in the theology under which I had so willingly immersed myself. Now, this is not to say that those old bastions of faith were somehow misplaced or irresponsible in their doctrinal approaches, it’s just that they weren’t looking for the deeper answers, therefore they tended to blind themselves to the missing pieces of the puzzle that didn’t fit their theologies. Dogmatic practices governed, manipulated and even ignored the questions, thereby rendering their followers incapable of even seeing the questions that were left bleeding-out like so many open wounds.
I want to ‘know’ things. I want to seek out the ‘reasons why’ I believe something. Faith without an object or foundation is blind, and I hate stumbling around in the dark. It is for these reasons that I set off in search of answers to my many questions.
The Nephilim were always a bit of an enigma to me. I was taught the story of ‘Noah’s
in Sunday School, and in even greater detail when I was in seminary. Throughout
all that education, however, never was I taught that the Sons of God and their
Nephilim offspring were connected to the flood of Noah. And as it turned out,
the mention of the Sons of God and the Nephilim were actually the preamble to
the story of Noah and the Ark. The descent to human women of the beings known
as the Sons of God, their subsequent cohabitation and sexual intercoursing, and
then the ramifications of these acts on all of humanity, simply raised deeper
questions in my mind. First of all, I wanted to know who they were, and
secondarily, but not of less importance, I wanted to know why the account was
so ignored in religious teachings. I wanted to know more. So I studied and
researched and dug deeper. Ark
It is incontrovertible in my mind that humanity underwent huge, creative interruption somewhere in our primordial past. The ancient history of humankind experienced an interference on so great a level as to be seen as nothing short of grandiose, if not catastrophic. The historic ramifications of the acts of the Watchers and their hybrid offspring affect not only the course of human
DNA, but the entire
thread of religious history, establishing the world’s theologies and
underscoring the subtexts of myriad spiritualities.
The story of the Nephilim – no - better: the history of the Nephilim is far-reaching. Their presence on this planet, from our ancient past through to our current events is tangible, yet strangely invisible to those who do not look or ask the questions.
Conscius gigno curator gigno scientia relinquo sapientia.
Roughly translated, “Awareness begets Curiosity begets Knowledge bequeathing Wisdom.”
In other words: Think, seek, learn and apply. Repeat.
Scott Alan Roberts is the founder and executive editorial director of Intrepid Magazine, a journal dedicated to politics, science, and unexplained phenomena. He is a radio show host, popular public speaker, and stand-up philosopher. He has been interviewed on scores of radio shows and was editor-in-chief of SyFy’s Ghost Hunters magazine, TAPS ParaMag. He attended Bible college and theological seminary, working toward his master’s in Divinity, but left for a 33-year career in advertising and publishing as an art and creative director, designer, illustrator, photographer, and wordsmith. He is the author and illustrator of The Rollicking Adventures of Tam O’Hare, a historical novel set in Tudor England, Ireland, and Scotland. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and children. His recent release The Rise and Fall of the Nephilim is now available.