For those Christian readers out there (and anyone else who follows this subject), I recently saw this essay come up in my Twitter account (thanks to Guy Malone for tweeting it).
The “modern nephilim” idea — that there is currently either a military effort to produce new nephilim, or a satanic agenda to do so — is one being circulated widely in Christian circles by various researchers. I think the idea lacks biblical merit and leaves a lot to be desired in the logic category.
The essay includes a detailed chart of how this idea compares to New Age religious worldview teachings. I’d agree with much of the chart, though some of things under the “Bible-based scenario” are presumptious. It would better be labeled “”English translated Bible-based scenario when the Bible is interpreted by fundamentalist literalists who are also pre-trib and pre-millennial.” But that criticism aside, the trajectory of the chart is on target. How do I know given my criticism? Well, that takes us into The Portent, the sequel to my novel, The Facade.
The manuscript for The Portent still sits at 90% done. I haven’t written anything in the last two weeks because the last seven or eight chapters are the most research-intensive of the book. I’ve been reading a lot in the past year and a half in certain areas. For those not familiar with my approach to fiction content, I only read published scholarly material and use data from primary, original sources (in original languages when possible) when it comes to documents, texts, and intellectual content for my story. It’s the sort of thing that separates what I do from what everyone else in the Christian orbit does. I simply have a higher threshold for valid argumentation and source credibility. During the last two weeks I’ve been winnowing material for inclusion in the book, and also to set up any future sequels. The list may mean nothing to you now, but it’s useful for this blog post:
- Nazi occultism
- Polar Mythology
- Hollow-Earth Mythology
- Vedic origins
- Indo-European origins
- Aryan mythology
Here’s the point: not only can one say that the “modern nephilim” idea (with its accrued concepts of a gap theory, “advanced ancient technology,” and polygenism – look up the term if you need to, it’s worth it) bear strong resemblances to New Age ideas, it absolutely tracks on a wide range of occult beliefs that directly relate to occult theories on race and racial origins. Put another way, most (and perhaps all, depending on how occult writers reference the Bible) of what is said by Christian researchers in defense of this idea I can show you was also said in a wide range of occult thinkers’ writings since the later 19th century. It’s not a coincidence, either.
Now, am I saying that Christians who argue for this idea are into the occult or are heretics? No.1 I would say, however, they are ignorant of these connections and are not thinking well about what they’re saying. But that’s what happens when we argue for a theory we like, or a theory we’d like to marry to a pet position on eschatology, rather than do exegesis in the original languages or stick to peer-reviewed scholarship on all the related topics. We end up repeating out-moded ideas (read: refuted decades ago in the wake of more data and which are therefore now invalid) that sound impressive only to people not familiar with the academic material.
One of my goals in The Portent is to show how such ideas can actually be quite easily used against Christianity. It isn’t hard, trust me. I could make that (illustrative) case several ways, but I’m just picking one to make the story a good sci-fi read. But everything I use is real — all the ideas are drawn from peer-reviewed *current* research, and all the science is just a pile of money away from specific applications. If I were intelligent evil, and if I had as my goal the demise of the believing Church, I’d be thankful for the modern nephilim idea. And if you think the real goal would be something like faking a rapture, you haven’t thought very far down that road at all. It apparently hasn’t occurred to many that, just as insider dis-information aimed at steering the public UFO discussion might (and I would say probably is) be done within Christian discussion as well. In other words, has it only occurred to me that the current data-challenged ideas within the Christian UFO community (which align so well with the data-challenged ideas of 19th-20th century occultism) might be fueled by unseen intelligences who want that discussion to happen, precisely because they can be used to predict and steer behavior and thinking? If you know anything about the UFO issue and have paid any attention to actual documentary evidence from the inside, you know that psychological warfare is a big part of the whole thing. Why would we assume that the Christian community is not subject to such manipulation?