Who are the sons of God? Can God grieve?
Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.
"And daughters were born unto them. That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repented me that I have made them." (6:1-7.)C. Will the Christians tell us who are the sons of God and who are his wife, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and other relations? His sons having been married to the daughters of men God becomes related to them and the children born of those marriages are His grandchildren. Can such things be true of God? Can they find place in His book? It appears that the authors of the Bible were savages who had not the least idea of the true God. He that is not omniscient nor knows the future is not God but human being. Did He before He created the world know that men would turn wicked?
The feelings of grief and repentance after dong something wrong through error of judgment can be attributed only to the Christian God since He is neither well-versed in learning nor a yogi with perfect control over his passions and feelings or He would have overcome His great grief and sorrow with the aid of mental equilibrium and wisdom.
Had even birds and animals become wicked, that He wanted to destroy them all? Surely He is not an All-knowing God; else He would not have been so destitute of sense. It is clear that neither he is God nor is the Bible the Word of God. Had the Christians believed and were they even now to believe in the Vedic God who is free from all sin, pain, grief and sorrow, etc., and is the embodiment of al existence, consciousness and bliss, they would have realized and will even now realize the true aim of human life.
Answer: We will begin with the meaning of the word ‘sons of God.” Within the context of the Holy Bible, the meaning is definitely not as Maharishi wrongly makes it to be.
One of the meanings of sons of God is the rulers of a place. The following verse is referring to the judges of Israel.
Psalms 82: 6-7 “I said, "You are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High. But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes."
In other words, it would mean that the rulers/princes took every woman they wanted- meaning irrespective of women’s liking and disliking and the rulers thoughts were continually evil.
This has nothing to do with God having grand children and etc. Maharishi masters in erroneous interpretations. Now, we come to the grieving of the God. The Hebrew word ‘nacham’, can mean to be sorry, grieve, or pity. If a righteous Judge knows that he is going to execute capital punishment on a culprit, is it wrong for him to grieve or pity about it. No.
In fact, the Holy Bible itself explains this.
Ezekiel 18:23 “Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?" says the Lord GOD, and not that he should turn from his ways and live?”
This only shows the heart of God and His displeasure in punishing even the wicked.
Since, Maharishi has an issue with the usage ‘sons of God,’ let us read the Vedas.
Rig Veda 2: 35: 7-11
7 He, in whose mansion is the teeming Milch-cow, swells the Gods’ nectar and cats noble viands. The Son of Waters, gathering strength in waters, shines for his worshipper to give him treasures.
8 He who in waters with his own pure Godhead shines widely, law-abiding, everlasting. The other worlds are verily his branches, and plants are born of him with all their offspring.
9 The Waters’ Son hath risen, and clothed in lightning ascended up unto the curled cloud's bosom; And bearing with them his supremest glory the Youthful Ones, gold-coloured, move around him.
10 Golden in form is he, like gold to look on, his colour is like gold, the Son of Waters. When he is seated fresh from golden birthplace those who present their gold give food to feed him.
11 This the fair name and this the lovely aspect of him the Waters’ Son increase in secret. Whom here the youthful Maids together kindle, his food is sacred oil of golden colour.
12 Him, nearest Friend of many, will we worship with sacrifice. and reverence and oblation. I make his back to shine, with chips provide him; I offer food and with my songs exalt him.
Applying the same logic of Maharishi, will the Vedic Maharishi tell us who is the wife of Water, father-in-law, mother-in-law, and other relations of Water?
Surely, since Vedas enlightens us on all points, I guess, this will not be a major question for the Vedic followers to answer.