Adam and Eve.
• United States
15 Feb 10
I have wondered this too however, the bible says that Adam and Eve had two sons Cain and Able, when they grew up they married and then Cain killed Able. It doesn't say past that so I wonder, where did the women that Cain and Able married come from? Did they have any kids themselves? So my theory is this, after God created Adam and Eve, he created other people too, just that we don't know how many or where they were. It's a mystery that I don't think will ever be solved.
13 Feb 10
Good question, however if we dig further, we can ask, Why? Why did God create Adam and Eve? The case of them being Plural or Singular, is subject to interpretation, however, the case of why they were created them at the first place has to be objective! Further more, If so called GOD really meant for a free will, he would have had 10 suggestions and not 10 commandments - said Zig Ziglar. Perhaps God was supposedly an Ameoba , which can reproduce asexually via mitosis probably, then unfortunately that's all is done by "IT" For all religious fanatics, the question to be asked is... - Who is God? - Where is He/She/It? - Why does God exist? - What is he doing right now or was doing when disasters happened in history or the the time when Adam was busy eating the forbidden fruit? - What is the scope of his powers? Whats the point going to him/her/it if he can not prevail sanctity and trust over all forever? I think the whole idea of God and its creation is full of horse****....simple truth is there is no god for those who seek reality or purpose.
11 Feb 10
hiccup - you are very smart for raising that idea. I've never thought of that myself. I just always tend to think of it as a story and that it's not true. I'd like to believe in the fact that we were the descendants of apes - it is much more plausible and there is also scientific evidence to support this idea.
26 Feb 10
I am confused too, especially since the children that we know about are both boys!!! So I guess if this is the case, for fundamentalists to condemn gay marriage would be wrong. LOL And what of incest? If the only way for children to be created is by woman and man, they both had to do it with their mother! LOL That's the only logical argument I can come up with.
12 Feb 10
This is also very puzzling for me as well. It is quite the question and I definately don't have the answer. However I do strongly believe in God and I know that the lord is the creator and he would not have created incest or it would not be a sin in his eyes. I do know just who I can ask about this and I am positive that she will have the answer that we are all looking for i will let you know what I find out. God Bless!!
12 Feb 10
Although it was not mentioned in the Bible, it is self explanatory. As there are no other parents that started the human generation then the children of Adam and Eve procreate with each other to multiply. While it is true that that only three sons of Adam and Eve were clearly named in the Bible such as Abel, Cain and Seth certainly they bear daughters too. Otherwise, the human could have stopped and we were unable to be born at all.
• United States
11 Feb 10
They lived very long lives and yes they did marry brothers and sisters cause the gene lines were not all separated like they are so no danger.. You know? The DNA traits get narrower and narrower, more and more separated as time goes on, til it became dangerous. And it's later when God said not to intermarry. [It's not that different races evolved separately, growing or evolving new traits, it that traits get separated, resulting in the races, sort of like if redheads only married redheads for a long time, eventually they would only produce redheads.]
11 Feb 10
Exactly what I thought of but could not ask here for the fear of offending my Christian friends and also because I happen to be Hindu so it might look like trespassing! However, I did look up on the net and it further added to my confusion. In some places I read that there were other tribes nearby, not worth a mention though, and Cain married them while other places mention that they had twin sisters whom they were to marry. Maybe the latter is more correct as because we see so many first/second cousin marriages among Muslims and Christians. Even in later stories, we hear of marriages within the same tribe and among close cousins.
• Cambridge, England
11 Feb 10
'Adam' simply means 'the man' and 'Eve' gets her name "because she was the mother of all living". They are intended to be seen as elemental figures, representing the essence of human male and female, not actual persons. The story means that God created man and woman and that He created them so that each has their role in life. It was never meant to be taken literally and nor was it ever understood as such. Jesus often used parables to explain basic truths because this was a form that Jews were very familiar with and you will find it used quite often throughout the Bible as a literary 'device'. There are actually two separate Creation 'myths' related in Genesis. Both of them are very, very old stories (which were actually adapted from far earlier ones) and were told thousands of times from generation to generation before they were written down. In earlier (pre-Judaic) versions, Adam and Eve were probably portrayed as gods (or, more accurately, demi-gods, representing the principles of Male and Female and of Humanity. Even today we very often speak of 'man' in the sense of 'mankind'. Think of the words spoken as Neil Armstrong first stepped onto the moon. Neil Armstrong actually either fluffed his lines or he was misquoted because his voice wasn't very clear above the static. What he is reported as saying sounds good but is contradictory as it stands because of the way we use 'man' without an article to mean 'mankind' - he later claimed that he did say 'One small step for a man ...'. Because of the dropped article, the whole meaning was changed; likewise, in the Bible, because someone decided to give Adam (and Eve) a capital letter (there was no such thing in the original Hebrew), the whole meaning changed!