Don’t believe everything you read. When it comes to spams, the rule of thumb is, reject it unless you have credible proof (a second spam is not credible proof). To put in another way, an e-mail that has obviously been circulating for a while with the header THIS IS REALLY COOL is probably not the best source for reliable information.
I keep receiving spams in Spanish and in English, claiming that they have discovered skeletons of giants. This is said to prove the truth of Genesis 6:4, that there were giants in the land. The spam offers pictures, which, of course, have supposedly been suppressed. (We are not speaking here of genuine skeletons, which qualified experts are examining, but which were from people 6 feet tall and over – they were very tall, but not exponentially larger than regular humans).
In fact, the “giant” picture was an entrant in a photo-editing contest by the group “Word 1000” by a guy using software. Someone found it, assumed it was genuine, and passed it around. It’s a complete hoax. There are plenty of second, third and fourth-hand rumors: watch for telltale signs such as “the evidence has mysteriously disappeared” or “so-and-so said he saw them but the photos didn’t come out right” or the old standby, “the mainstream media do not want you to see this!” or “The Smithsonian is involved in a massive cover-up!”
No-one seems to have a convincing explanation as to why the Smithsonian would cover up giant skeletons.
There is even a 2014 television series on History called “Search for the Lost Giants.” I have watched a couple of episodes, in part because these endless and fruitless quests fascinate me, in part because the Viera brothers talk New England and remind me of home. They claim thousands of pieces of evidence, mainly documents and hearsay, but not a single skeleton or even part of one. The episode I just saw was with an experts in skeletal remains. They tried to impress him with all their evidence; unfortunately for the brothers, his terse and scientific reaction was merely to hold up a bone and say, “For me, one of these is worth a thousand rumors.” Nicely said, because the Vieras have not a shred of physical evidence. Their search is on the same level as “Finding Bigfoot” over on Animal Planet. Nine whole seasons, listening to rumors, looking at broken twigs, making “Bigfoot” calls into the dark night, and zero evidence. Not a hair, not a bone, not a photo. And both the Giant brothers and the boys at Finding Bigfoot blame their failures on Mainstream Science, which refuses to give them credence.
Now somebody has found a way to connect these “skeletons” with Bible prophecy. Google “Nephilim” and “prophecy” and you will encounter a wave of interest in the idea that the Nephilim will appear on earth before the Second Coming.
The logical error is that if the End Times will be like the days of Noah in one way (sudden, unexpected destruction of the wicked), then they must be like Noah’s days in every way.
They are thought to be genetically-enhanced humans, extraterrestrials, UFO creatures, angels and all sorts of other options. As in many pop-prophecy theories, they are tied in with the New World Order, the book of First Enoch (a Jewish apocalypse that has mythical ideas but no connection with Enoch – we read it in one of my courses), the Mayans, the Masons, President Obama, and who knows what else. None of these notions has any basis in the Bible.
Here is other supposed proof of giants: Only giants could have used this staircase! But in fact, this is Ollantaytambo, an Incan ruin in Peru, an example of using terracing for stepped agriculture. It’s a prime example of seeking the simplest solution to a problem, not the most outrageous. In medicine it’s called, “When you hear hoofbeats, look for horses, not zebras.”
And of course, there are plenty of people who link “alternative history” with UFOs “research” and who knows what.
Enjoy your Bible; read and believe Genesis 6; use common sense; reject hoaxes.
“Did they discover a giant skeleton?” by Gary Shogren, PhD, Seminario ESEPA, San José, Costa Rica