Only the sexual sins of men, and not angels, are described in the book of Jude. Islamic apologists twist the plain statements of the text of Jude to claim that the author is describing the sexual sins of the supposed angels who came to the earth in Genesis 6. This angelic invasion never happened

Greetings from Jude

(James 1:1-1)

1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

God’s Judgment on the Ungodly

(Genesis 4:1-7; Romans 2:1-16)

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

In verses 5 thru 7 the author is describing how God took vengeance on sinners, whether men or angels, in the examples he shows, and that he will take vengeance on these men who have sinned after the manner of verse 4:

5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Verses 6 and 7 does not mean that the angels and the population of Sodom and Gomorrha sinned in the same way, in that they both sinned by perverting the flesh, but that both suffered the judgement and the punishment of God. Just as the Israelites who rebelled against the rule of Moses in the desert. To claim that the text is equivocating the sins of Sodom and the angels is just a clear perversion of the clear meaning of the text and is a blatant and brazen-faced ploy which some islamic apologists , such as Faiz, use. The common denominator of the angels and the men of Sodom is that both are “set forth for an example”, both suffering the eternal vengeance of God. The one in the form of being reserved in everlasting chains, the others through the vengeance of eternal fire. The vengeance of the Lord is the common factor in all three examples given in these verses. They all sinned by rebelling against authority but in different circumstances appropriate to the nature of their being.

The author goes on to elaborate on the sins of the men who had crept in unawares. He is not talking about angels as the text up to this point clearly shows:

8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. 10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. 11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. 12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

Defile the flesh denotes the sin of the Sodomites. Despise dominion denotes the sin of the angels who rebelled against God’s authority. Speak evil of dignities describes the sin of Korah narrated in numbers 16:

Korah’s Rebellion

1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: 2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: 3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

Jude continuing:

14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

Again the author is describing the men of verse 4. No imaginary sexual sin of angels. The plain meaning of the text excludes this idea.

A Call to Persevere

(Hebrews 10:19-39)

17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

Doxology

(Romans 11:33-36; Romans 16:25-27)

24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

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8 Responses to Only the sexual sins of men, and not angels, are described in the book of Jude. Islamic apologists twist the plain statements of the text of Jude to claim that the author is describing the sexual sins of the supposed angels who came to the earth in Genesis 6. This angelic invasion never happened

  1. Anonymous says:

    Invasion of angels:
    Rev 12
    7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

  2. madmanna says:

    Not a physical invasion. however.

    Job tells us that they dwell on earth:

    And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

    The wicked angels dwell on earth with us but they are not allowed to enter the physical sphere of human existence.

  3. θ says:

    “madmanna says: Not a physical invasion. however. Job tells us that they dwell on earth: And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. The wicked angels dwell on earth with us but they are not allowed to enter the physical sphere of human existence.”

    Angels in human form do eat and drink with Abraham, so angels can be humans in order to “marry” with women, or mate with animals and themselves.

  4. madmanna says:

    If they can eat and drink that does not prove that their physiology is also constructed for sexual reproduction.
    Jesus could also eat and drink with the resurrection body but he denied that the resurrection body is for sexual reproduction.

  5. θ says:

    That’s different context. Similar to the eunuch, a resurrected person is not a “full” man anymore (hence, Gen 2:18 is not applied, it is not good for man to be alone). The fallen angels added their nature to be man.

  6. madmanna says:

    Yes, but Jesus said the resurrection body would be like the angels who are not reproductive, i.e they don’t marry or give anyone in marriage. That does not mean they can not eat or drink. Those resurrected will eat and drink at the marriage feast of the Lamb although they cannot reproduce.

    There is no evidence that the fallen angels added a human nature.

  7. θ says:

    Do you presume the Sons of God in Gen 6:2-4 were the resurrected ancestors of men?

  8. Amelia says:

    Shoot, so that’s that one supopses.

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