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Did You Come From Incest

If Adam and Eve had two sons, where did the rest of us come from? Incest?

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I still think Adam and Eve are a metaphor, am I alone in this?
---Chris on 1/20/08

Maybe neanderthals?
---MrEvolution on 10/17/07

The Bible as we have it now really is not clear about this from what I can see, anyway. But, I personally believe at this point that Adam and Eve did have daughters also, and that GOD allowed the siblings to "inter-marry" just to start the human race. Then, after so many people were born, GOD THEN disallowed the marriage of family members. Making incest of all forms a sin.
---Gordon on 10/17/07

Adam married his own rib, so where do you think you were created from?
---Eloy on 10/17/07

Well, Joe . . . I understand children of incest can tend to have weird defects and mental limitations, due to their inbreeding...sounds like how **I** have been so many years, in my case, how I have inbred with myself and my own ego's stupidity. Others inbreed in their conceit along with other birdbrains of their own feather flocking together and get bird flu together, the bird flu of conceit (o: conceit is weird and limiting (Matthew 5:46)
---Bill_bila5659 on 10/16/07

Rita ... I was correcting the original questioner who seemed to assume that A & E only had sons
---alan_of_UK on 10/16/07

"There is nothing to say that A & E did not have daughters". Actually Alan, the bible clearly states that Adam and Eve DID have daughters. None of us need guess or assume, it's there for all to see.
---RitaH on 10/16/07

If god only stated incest as a sin later, that means his original plan was flawed, therefore God made at least one mistake, therefore was not infallible therefore could not be the god reffered to in the bible... QED. Not saying it wasnt SOME god, but the bible says god is infallible. So it cant be him right? Its no use saying "we cant know the nature of god" why else would we be capable of pondering it? Its just vexing that theres so much inconsistency from something apparently perfect.
---ted_stone on 10/16/07

The Human Genome Project has traced back several lines back 35,000 years. Mitochondrial DNA confirms several waves of humanity emerged from Africa.
---MikeM on 5/20/07

In the earliest times, it was necessary to procreate with relatives because of the limited gene pool. It was not considered incest at this time. God told them to "go forth and multiply". It was not until later that God gave additional guidelines as to who, and who not to, have relations with.
---LL on 5/20/07

You know what, this is funny.
Some of us came from the pumpkin patch, the stork brought others, and also the cabbage patch.
---the_Stork on 5/20/07

Adam and Eve had three sons. I think Seth was the third son.

We probably did come through incest, if that is what you call it. Whatever happened, we are here. God ordained it, so it was good. Good enough for me.
---Robyn on 5/19/07

There is nothing to say that A & E did not have daughters as well. Interbreeding between related persons (there may not then have been formal certificated weddings) was not a sin until much later
---alan8869_of_UK on 5/19/07

Maybe Adam huing out with neanderthal women?
The Neanderthals became extinct by 30,000 BC and were replaced by Homo sapiens. There was likely contact between Neanderthal and Cro-magnon populations the absence of mitochondrial DNA traceable to the Neanderthals in modern humans has been taken to suggest a species barrier between Neanderthals and Cro-magnon. so the 'creation' of modern man (Adam) was completly seperate. Incest? from whom?
---MikeM on 4/24/06

The bible makes it absolutely clear that Adam and Eve DID have daughters. There was no sin called incest until God told them not to procreate that way and that was much later. Nowhere do we read that Cain met his wife in Nod. He would have been married to his sister (there were no other females) and then moved to Nod. To 'know' his wife means 'to have sexual relations with' her. Finally NO, neither Adam nor Eve would have had a naval. Neither of them were born attached to an umbilical cord.
---M.P. on 4/23/06

to think of it, we are all related somehow. Spiritualy and naturaly. We know God created Adam, and Eve came from Adam, they had kids, so on and so forth, we're all family.
---Rebecca_D on 4/22/06

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The command, "be fruitful and multiply" (Gen,1:28)came before the Fall.

Therefore,the gene pool was not polluted by sin. Also, due to the longevity of mankind, there were no other humans around with whom to procreate.

Pre-fall and post-flood times BOTH had brothers marrying sisters, there is no way around that, but it did not have the stigma that it has today. It was necessary for survival.
---John_T on 4/22/06

Donna;Clearly man was here, distributed across the planet long before 4,000BC. To explain 'covenant'would need a new thread. Mans old covenant begans with Adam and ends with the 'Temple curtain in twain' when Jesus died on the Cross. Adam was created from the 'dust'-red clay in Hebrew, the type on a river used to make pottery.(Like the metaphor in book of Job) What specific purpose neanderthals, cro-magnon and other men had on the earth has not been yet revealed.
---MikeM on 4/22/06

MikeM--I'm interested in your comment that people lived before Adam, that Adam was the first "covenented" man. What do you mean by that? And where did the pre-Adamic people come from? Were they like Adam?
---Donna2277 on 4/21/06

Adam and Eve had many children. Genesis 5:4, "And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:" You can have a lot of kids in eight hundred years.

At first, there was no choice but for siblings to mary. There simply was not any one else to marry. With pure bloodlines, limited diseases at the time and little time for genetic mutations to develop, this was not the problem it became later when it was declared to be wrong.
---Bruce5656 on 4/20/06

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It doesn't matter how many sons and daughters Adam and Eve had. That is were we all came from. It was obviously the only way to multiply at that time.
---john on 4/20/06

A more telling and deeper truth is this, since we all came from Adam and Eve, and since Eve came from Adam, we obviously all came from one person Adam. And since God made Adam we are all from God.
---mima on 4/20/06

They had more kids. Cain went to the land of Nod, he 'Knew' his wife. I dont know, maybe Cain was 'hanging out' with them neanderthal women? Cain also built a city, with help from whom? Did Cains dad have a navel? Maybe the story is somewhat metaphorical. Adam was created from 'the dust of the earth'.(in Hebrew clay, as a potter uses) Same word used in Job. Maybe it is somewhat metaphorical. People been on this planet much longer than 6,000 years. Adam was the first covenented man.
---MikeM on 4/20/06

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