Originally posted by sugeshotcha
simpletruth: how did mankind form from Adam and Eve if there was only one man, one woman who made 2 sons??
Good question. First of all, Adam and Eve had MANY other sons and daughters after Cain and Abel, so that helps a little. It also doesn't specify
WHEN all these other children were born. Now, the bible throughout its entirety refers to the one man Adam and woman Eve as the first and only
people. In Genesis 2:20, we are told that when Adam looked at the animals, he could not find a mate -- there was no one of his kind, so this says
that there weren't any others or groups already created, which also means NO LILITH SCAT!
In 1 Corinthians 15:45, it says that Adam was "the
first man." God did not start by making a whole group of men. So Cain's wife would have been a sister of his. And brothers and sisters would have
to have, yes, marry.
Many people immediately reject the conclusion that Adam and Eve's sons and daughters married each other by appealing to the law against
brother-sister intermarriage. Some say that you cannot marry your relation. Actually, if you don't marry your relation, you don't marry a human! A
wife is related to her husband even before they marry because all people are descendants of Adam and Eve, all are of "one blood." The law forbidding
marriage between close relatives was not given until the time of Moses (Leviticus 18-20). Provided marriage was one man to one woman for life (based
on Genesis 1 and 2), there was no disobedience to God's law originally when close relatives (even brothers and sisters) married each other.
Remember that Abraham married his half-sister (Genesis 20:12). God blessed this union to produce the Hebrew people through Isaac and Jacob. It was not
until some 400 years later that God gave Moses laws that forbade such marriages.
Today, brothers and sisters (and half-brothers and half-sisters, etc.) are not permitted by law to marry because their children have an unacceptably
high risk of being deformed. The more closely the parents are related, the more likely it is that any offspring will be deformed.
There is a very sound genetic reason for such laws that is easy to understand. Every person has two sets of genes, there being some 130,000 pairs that
specify how a person is put together and functions. Each person inherits one gene of each pair from each parent. Unfortunately, genes today contain
many mistakes (because of sin and the Curse), and these mistakes show up in a variety of ways. For instance, some people let their hair grow over
their ears to hide the fact that one ear is lower than the other -- or perhaps someone's nose is not quite in the middle of his or her face, or
someone's jaw is a little out of shape -- and so on. Let's face it, the main reason we call each other normal is because of our common agreement to
The more distantly related parents are, the more likely it is that they will have different mistakes in their genes. Children, inheriting one set of
genes from each parent, are likely to end up with pairs of genes containing a maximum of one bad gene in each pair. The good gene tends to override
the bad so that a deformity (a serious one, anyway) does not occur. Instead of having totally deformed ears, for instance, a person may only have
crooked ones! (Overall, though, the human race is slowly degenerating as mistakes accumulate, generation after generation.)
However, the more closely related two people are, the more likely it is that they will have similar mistakes in their genes, since these have been
inherited from the same parents. Therefore, a brother and a sister are more likely to have similar mistakes in their genes. A child of a union between
such siblings could inherit the same bad gene on the same gene pair from both, resulting in two bad copies of the gene and serious defects.
Adam and Eve did not have accumulated genetic mistakes. When the first two people were created, they were physically perfect. Everything God made was
"very good" (Genesis 1:31), so their genes were perfect -- no mistakes! But, when sin entered the world (because of Adam -- Genesis 3:6, Romans
5:12), God cursed the world so that the perfect creation then began to degenerate, that is, suffer death and decay (Romans 8:22). Over thousands of
years, this degeneration has produced all sorts of genetic mistakes in living things.
Does that all make sense to everybody? LEMME KNOW!