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Genesis 6:1–8 — Noah Found Favor

In this episode we discuss the growth of wickedness on the earth after the fall leading up to the great flood judgment. This passage also helps us to see the extent of depravity in man after the fall. In the midst of a sinful world one man finds favor in the eyes of the Lord: Noah. See also Christ the Center’s interview with Rita Cefalu on the sons of God and daughters of man in Genesis 6.

When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:1–8 ESV)

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Bruce Sanders

4 years ago

During the podcast you spoke of “daughters of men,” etc. Where do ancient hominids such as Neandertal, Denisovan and Flores, each of which mated with Homo sapiens in different regions of the world, fit into your history of human kind?

On June 22, 2015, The Scientist published yet another discovery:

– “DNA taken from a 40,000-year-old modern human jawbone from the cave Pestera cu Oase in Romania reveals that this man had a Neandertal ancestor as recently as four to six generations back.” … “This isn’t the first time researchers have identified a human-Neanderthal hybrid. Previously, researchers had found evidence of an older admixture event that occurred in the Near East in what is modern-day Israel.”

It has been known for several years now that each of us in America with European ancestry has up to 3% Neandertal DNA. Italians still living in Tuscany have up to 4.5%.

Regarding Denisovan DNA: Melanesians and Aboriginal Australians have up to 5%, but no Neandertal DNA.

Homo floresiensis DNA to date has only been found on the island Flores in Indonesia.

On a different front, earlier this year, a man in South Africa was sequenced with yet-another unique Y-chromosome. This is the second time for such a discovery; the first was in 2013 when a man living in South Carolina (originally from Cameroon) was found to be unlike any other man alive today.

The evidence continues to mount on several fronts that modern humans did not come from an original Adam and Eve pair which created the ancestry to Noah.

All of the above information is from peer-reviewed professional papers, available on the Internet. My friends often keep me updated. How am I to witness what you are teaching?

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