You asked: All of a sudden, there is all this talk of Nephilim on earth. I have read about how Nephilim were developed, and that Adam and Eve were 8 feet tall. What does The TruthBook Forum say about all of this?
Thanks so much for your note to us here at TruthBook about this interesting subject of the Nephilim – what are actually the Nodite race.
You say you have already read the section about how the Nephilim came to be, but there seems to be some confusion between the Nephilim (Nodite) race and Adam and Eve.
Just so we are talking about the same thing here, I want to be sure we agree that:
77:2.2 The physical members of the Prince’s staff had been constituted sex creatures for the purpose of participating in the plan of procreating offspring embodying the combined qualities of their special order united with those of the selected stock of the Andon tribes, and all of this was in anticipation of the subsequent appearance of Adam. The Life Carriers had planned a new type of mortal embracing the union of the conjoint offspring of the Prince’s staff with the first-generation offspring of Adam and Eve. They had thus projected a plan envisioning a new order of planetary creatures whom they hoped would become the teacher-rulers of human society. Such beings were designed for social sovereignty, not civil sovereignty. But since this project almost completely miscarried, we shall never know what an aristocracy of benign leadership and matchless culture Urantia was thus deprived of. For when the corporeal staff later reproduced, it was subsequent to the rebellion and after they had been deprived of their connection with the life currents of the system.
77:2.3 The postrebellion era on Urantia witnessed many unusual happenings. A great civilization—the culture of Dalamatia—was going to pieces. “The Nephilim (Nodites) were on earth in those days, and when these sons of the gods went in to the daughters of men and they bore to them, their children were the `mighty men of old,’ the `men of renown.'” While hardly “sons of the gods,” the staff and their early descendants were so regarded by the evolutionary mortals of those distant days; even their stature came to be magnified by tradition. This, then, is the origin of the well-nigh universal folk tale of the gods who came down to earth and there with the daughters of men begot an ancient race of heroes. And all this legend became further confused with the race mixtures of the later appearing Adamites in the second garden.
77:2.4 Since the one hundred corporeal members of the Prince’s staff carried germ plasm of the Andonic human strains, it would naturally be expected that, if they engaged in sexual reproduction, their progeny would altogether resemble the offspring of other Andonite parents. But when the sixty rebels of the staff, the followers of Nod, actually engaged in sexual reproduction, their children proved to be far superior in almost every way to both the Andonite and the Sangik peoples. This unexpected excellence characterized not only physical and intellectual qualities but also spiritual capacities.
But later on:
77:2.9 The pure-line Nodites were a magnificent race, but they gradually mingled with the evolutionary peoples of earth, and before long great deterioration had occurred. Ten thousand years after the rebellion they had lost ground to the point where their average length of life was little more than that of the evolutionary races.
Adam and Eve did not appear on earth until many thousands of years later. They were not connected to the development of the Nodite race centuries before, but they were, as you point out, more than eight feet tall:
74:1.1 The Planetary Adam and Eve of Urantia were members of the senior corps of Material Sons on Jerusem, being jointly number 14,311. They belonged to the third physical series and were a little more than eight feet in height.
As suggested in the reference above, the legends of Adam and Eve and the legends of the Nephilim probably became muddled up over the vast spaces of time between Dalamatia (500,000 years ago), the rebellion (200,000 years ago), and the times of Adam and Eve (34,000 years ago). And the fact that Adam and Eve were so physically imposing probably added to the confusion.
Remember, back in those long-ago days of our history, there were no printed records. There were few ways to record the meanings of places such as Dalamatia and the Garden of Eden, or personalities like Adam and Eve or the Nodites; much of what has come down through history (and into the Bible) as legend very likely took root in these seemingly fantastic events and larger-than-life individuals. The only way to describe them was through word of mouth or by stone carvings. It is difficult to imagine what the relatively primitive peoples of those times had to do to make some sense of what was happening in their midst over these vast stretches of time.
Thanks to revelations about our history in The Urantia Book, we can now put all of the misinformation and speculation to rest; we now have “the rest of the story,” as they say…and knowing the real story only adds to the attraction of these amazing events.
You mentioned TruthBook’s Forum in your note. I went to the Forum and did a search for “Nephilim,” and received about 10 hits – all from a few years back. Maybe you’ll be interested in trying that search yourself or maybe even start a new thread on your own there about this subject; I am sure that there will be a response so you can chat with other members about it. If you aren’t yet a member of the Forum, it is very easy to join. Go here to get started.
Thanks again for your note. It’s good to know that you are reading The Urantia Book, and thinking about these very important events/people/places in Urantia’s history; it is great to be able to help those who may struggle with these concepts; perhaps you’ll be instrumental in helping someone be led to the book because you know the facts.
Date published: 2016-01-21 11:25:54
Author: Truthbook Staff