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Gary Answers: Angels and Gender

by: Gary Stearman on November 4, 2014

Gunnar asks on October 13th, 2014:

Hi Gary,

I have a question about angels. When I talk with others about the Genesis 6 account and how I believe that the fallen angels mingled with humans and created hybrid beings most of them say that angels can’t procreate because they are sexless. They get that from Matthew 22:30. Personally I think that it’s a stretch to assume that angels are sexless from that verse. I believe the main reason that angels can’t marry is because they are all male. Angels are always referred to as masculine in the Bible and they always appear as men when taking on human form. What do you think is a good answer to their questions? I’m getting tired of hearing about how angels are sexless and I never have a good answer.

 

Dear Gunnar,

I, too, believe that the “sons of God,” mentioned in Genesis 6:2, are fallen angels – described in the New Testament in Jude 6 as, “angels which kept not their first estate.” That is, they left the dimension of heaven and came to earth. In II Peter 2:4, they are called “the angels that sinned.”

Secular history calls them the demigods and goddesses who descended from the heavens to plague the ancient world, and who were worshiped and honored with gifts and sacrifices. Flavius Josephus confirms that in his day, this was the general consensus of belief. These angels were loyal to Satan, the fallen one who seems to have been worshiped by the Greeks as Zeus and by the Romans as Jupiter. (See Revelation 2:13, which refers to the Altar of Zeus as “Satan’s seat.”)

The fallen ones of Genesis are not presented as sexless – they are called “sons,” not daughters. That means they were male. Furthermore, they sought human females because they were “fair,” that is, sexually attractive.

Are there female angels? If so, the Bible doesn’t mention them. But secular history mentions various female demigoddesses, from Isis to Minerva, Diana, Athena and beyond.

But read again what Jesus said about marriage in heaven:

“29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven” (Matt. 22:29,30).

Jesus doesn’t say that the angels are sexless, just that in heaven they don’t marry. Apparently, neither will resurrected human beings. Will we humans retain our sexual identity in heaven after the resurrection? No one knows. The information isn’t given to us. We know virtually nothing about the nature of our resurrected bodies. We can’t say that our glorified bodies will be sexless, because we don’t know. But from the Bible and secular history, we do know that the sinning angels engaged in sexual activity. In heaven, they did not marry; on earth, they did.

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