The sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. (Genesis 6:2 ESV)
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6 ESV)
The parallels between these two verses is interesting to note, especially with the same cue words: saw, attractive/good, and took.
In both cases, something good in God’s creation is used in disobedience and sinful rebellion against God, with tragic consequences.
Such is the definition of idolatry. God certainly has given us things to enjoy, but He also gives us constraining guidelines to maximize our enjoyment of them. Should we go outside of His proper boundaries for enjoying His creation, the results can be disastrous.
Case in point: celebrating our sexuality. It is certain that our Creator made us sexual creatures, and by no means should we disregard this reality. However instead of giving ourselves over to society’s definition of sexuality as it promotes same-sex marriage, gender dysphoria, and pornography, we are to celebrate monogamous heterosexual marriage as God intended (or singleness rooted and grounded in love for God). The alternatives tend to reveal a discontentment with the way God ordered things.
God is not a kill-joy as some people would have Him to be, but rather He intends that we enjoy His gifts within certain guidelines so our affections towards them do not tend to destructive ends. For example, money is not an inherently bad thing to pursue, but the love of money can be a problem as such greed can lead to self-justifying behavior as taking shortcuts and other shady business practices to gain more profit at the expense of others.
All of this is to say that, yes, the creation is beautiful and deserves admiration, but if it starts to eclipse the beauty and glory of our Creator and His ways, then we have a problem.
I have heard of the interpretation where the “sons of God” refer to fallen angels, and if this interpretation is true, it would give further evidence about the importance of respecting proper boundaries in the world that God ordered.
And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day (Jude 6 ESV)
From these two verses, one could come to the conclusion that angels sinned when they did not stay within their proper boundaries, and in so doing somehow brought disastrous consequences and so deserved punishment for their transgressions.
Personally, I am inclined to believe that the “fallen angel” interpretation holds true, and so demonstrates how the serpent, or Satan, is attempting to sabotage the Messianic lineage after God promised that the Messiah would come from Eve. It also demonstrates in vivid detail of how Satan hijacks human sexuality in an attempt to thwart God’s redemptive purposes for His people and His creation.
Although we may not have fallen angels performing such sexual perverseness, Satan is still up to his old tricks with regards to human sexuality as it appears that now he is attempting to deceive the whole world in rejecting our Creator’s standards for marriage and sex differences.
From analyzing the aforementioned texts, I have come to appreciate better of the danger of idolatry and the importance of respecting God’s commandments. Keeping His commandments brings life and blessings, while disregarding them leads to death and destruction.