King James Version (KJV)
1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an 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 unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 And the Lord 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 it repenteth me that I have made them.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
The Bible makes mention of the sons of God and the daughters of men. Bible scholars tell us we can look at the sons of God as the spiritual component in man, and the daughters of men as the flesh. These two components exist side by side in man, the mixture which brings about a seed of the spirit and the flesh. God does not like mixture, such mixture.
THE FLESH AND THE BODY.
by tonabamiro @ 2012-08-15 – 08:09:44
There is a distinction made between the flesh and the body in the Bible. The flesh also has the sense of human strength, human frailty, and the human tendency to do evil and fall into sin, that is, in the Bible.
Flesh Basar in the Bible is closely related to the Hebrew word Baser, to inform, or to Besorah, to declare good news. If you remove S from the Hebrew word Basar you get son, Bar. The flesh has to do with our ability to be sons of God. The letter S in the middle of the Hebrew word Basar is the letter Shin in Hebrew. The letter Shin is the symbol for man in Hebrew. Its ideogramme is like a bow and arrow, and it has a value of 300 (Hebrew letters, as well as Greek letters were used for counting, so the name of the Beast would add up to 666 for example, if you count the letters of his name. This is just one interpretation).
In the symbol for the letter Shin, the bow and arrow, the arrow is the letter Zayin, the seventh letter in Hebrew, and it is like a sword Herev. Harav is to waste or dry someone's water in Hebrew. If God would fight against our enemies by His sword, He probably first dries their water, spiritually.
The Bow in the letter Shin, Hebrew mystics believes Eros flows within it. Eros is not in the Greek Bible (Eros is a Greek word for love, it is a Greek word for the Greek god of love also). Agape is God's type of love; Phile love, from which you get Philadelphia brotherly love, from Phile, and Adelphos brother; and Storge familial love, are in the New Testament.
Eros has to do with imagination, it does not have to do with sexual love only. Sexual love is just part of it, due to man's exile from the garden of Eden.
Eros is at the heart of all creation. It is what would make a woman marry a man even though he would be executed for his crime, eight days later. According to tradition, it was what sustained the Israelites while in bondage in Egypt. The wives would stand in front of mirrors, and they would tell their husbands, darling look at me, am I not beautiful! This is according to tradition.
Eros has to do with imagination as I have said. It develops the right Hemisphere of the brain, the "bigger engine," if I would call it that,that is, between the right, and the left Hemispheres. It also has to do with chastity. In countries where Eros is practiced, where you would see men and women hold hands on the streets, or even kiss each other, and among the races that do so practice, you see a lot of inventions and a lot of technological and scientific achievement. Among the races and cultures you do not find it so, you find a paucity of ideas.
And Adam said this is the bone of my bones and the flesh of my flesh. To sin in the Bible, sin is Hata'. It means to fall short, to miss the mark. The flesh of your flesh, which is in Christ, is probably the woman of the opposite sex, who practices the same amount of Eros as you. She probably has the same amount of Eros as an Adam's physical mother. "And Adam called the name of his wife Eve; for she was the mother of all living." An Adam is someone either in God's image, OR someone in His likeness.
The flesh has to do with man's ontology, with the mystical nature of man; the body on the hand is man's "clothe" on earth. Body, Soma in Greek, is the "instrument of life." Our bodies are said to be vile according to the Bible, and they would be transformed to a glorious body. The Greek word for flesh is Sarx.
I want to paste here again the post on Eros.
Eros is at the heart of all human experience. Nudity is symbolic of knowledge acquired by the way of the interior, which implies postulating the unfathomable transcendence of the human being.
"To know" Yado in Hebrew is from Yad the hand, and the letter Ayin, the eye. The hand and the eye are intimately in liaison, both of them, at the heart, they are tools of knowledge.
The nudity of Adam signifies the knowledge of the path which he has to transverse, the know how, indeed the cunning.
The nudity of Noah signifies the knowledge acquired, the path having been entirely transversed. The complete nudity of Noah signifies the fullness of the knowledge, and the light reached at its height, being drunk of a unity rediscovered.
Adam and Eve were completely naked, and they were not ashamed toward each other. Their nudity toward each other signifies knowledge on both their part, and the love they had for each other, which had to become one from being separate. Their water had to be turned into wine by our Lord Jesus Christ (Christ turned water into wine at the marriage in Cana of Galilee. To me this sort of implies both the couple were married to different people in the past, their wine had finished, but Christ had to turn their water into wine, signifying also we were married to Satan before. We have to divorce Satan, and become married to Jesus, the Son of God).
Adam and Eve had separate love for each other, but the love had to become one, one flesh. Flesh Basar, which is also the same root word with the word for information. Both must allow Jesus to turn their water into wine, when their wine had finished, just as I said Jesus did in Cana of of Galilee. Also new wine should never be mixed in old wineskin (see my post why some Christians are sick).
The symbol for man is the letter Shin which is represented by a bow and arrow. The arrow is symbolic in the symbol, for the word of God. Word, Dabar in Hebrew, is also the same root word with the word for pestilence, and the word for a thing. The bow in the symbol for man, represents where Eros flows, so when the divine target is not met, the divine standard of Eros, what can only result is a "pestilence" from such a thing. There can only be "darkness."
The problem with Nigeria, and the black race generally is a lack of Eros. There is the case of the convicted murderer in the USA. He was supposed to be executed. While defending him, his female lawyer fell in love with him. She later married him eight days to his execution. While she might have had other reasons, she said she wanted to give birth to his child.
Here in Nigeria it is the man who always takes the woman out, and you can be sure they are always expected to pay the bill. Hardly could you see a woman take a man out. Even if you tried to hold hands with a woman in public, she would scream and complain. What would she say? She would of course say, don't you know we are in public! And mind you, they do horrendous things in private. Lack of Eros.
Men who make women cry would eventually cry from the side of their eyes. A woman is taken, it is said from the side of a man, but these sort of men would cry from the side of their eyes. Eye, Ayin, is also the same Hebrew word for a fountain. If a man would learn to make a woman happy and glad, if he would make her laugh, all part of Eros, he would ultimately draw from her fountain of love. He would not have cause to "shed tears."
Men ought to love their wives as their own bodies. Adam and Eve became one flesh. All these are lacking in our society, especially in this part of the world, in Nigeria. The major reason why we are suffering is because of the lack of Eros. According to Annick De Souzenelle sexuality has its immediate expression in Eros which takes its root in the divine nucleus, in the founding of the being; it demands a quality of love which makes every man capable (including women) of incredible achievement, capable of going to the extreme of themselves.
Again according to Annick De Souzenelle the right Hemisphere of the brain is mostly responsible for Eros and its transcendence at the level of the physical body. Eros has to do with sexuality. It has to do with imagination. It is said, the Israelite men had courage to overcome the slavery of Egypt, they had fortitude through the strength of their wives. Through the Eros the wives exhibited toward the men, according to tradition, the men were eventually able to overcome the slavery of Egypt. The women would stand in front of mirrors and say to their husbands, darling look at me, am I not beautiful!
It is not time to blame our leaders here in Nigeria. We are all guilty. Most people would rather want to ride jeeps than seek after tangible knowledge, and even if they do seek for knowledge, it is only a means of satisfying their love for riding a jeep, not because they love knowledge. People have baser values around here. Most people's values are base. People have base values around here. All, a lack of Eros.
Eros can be likened to the relationship in a parlour, while Agape can be likened to the relationship of a bedroom, a mother type relationship. We could decide to live by our own conscience of good and evil, to know the "good" of our partner, and the "evil". However, the spiritual life is the life that is led by the Spirit of God. Usually if we would allow the Spirit of God to lead us in our relationships, this would turn out to be the tree of life, but if we would live by our sense of what is wrong and what is right, usually the relationship would meet with difficulties, and problems. If we would always see with the eyes of God in our relationships, we would have few difficulties. "And Adam called the name of his wife Eve; for she was the mother of all living."
I wish men and women would be "naked" toward each other just as Adam and Eve were to each other. Let us allow Jesus to turn our water into wine.