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If Adam and Eve only had two sons, where did all the people come from?

It’s a common question for both believers and unbelievers. Where did all the people come from? Where did Cain find his wife? How could he build a city when there should have been only four people?

Let’s begin by saying that the Bible doesn’t specifically tell us. There are many details that the Bible leaves out, but that doesn’t make the story less true. After studying the absence of details and drawing conclusions from reason, the Bible often appears more reasonable than it would if the details were included.

The Bible does tell us that Adam and Eve had many more sons and daughters. In Genesis 5:4, we find, “After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters” (NIV). While this does not tell us about the chronology of the events, it tells us that there were more than just four people on earth during the early years of mankind.

Now that we see that there was more than just Cain and Seth, consider man’s extremely long lifespan in the days between Adam and Noah. The average man listed in the Bible during this time lived about 900 years. To help you understand this, Adam was still alive when Noah’s father was born. There were 8 generations living during Adam’s lifetime through Seth’s lineage.

Using this reasoning, the population when Cain took a wife was probably large enough to have several eligible wives for Cain. So Adam and Eve’s children most likely married among each other to start the growth of the population.

Some people bring up the problem of incest when talking about this topic. It was common through Abraham’s days to find sibling marriages. This was how God filled the earth. Considering the purity of the gene pool through the first dozen or so generations, it is not likely that this would cause the difficulties it would cause today.

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Deborah baht Israel on March 12, 2013 at 11:56 am.

All of the above information is inaccurate and full of private interpretation! First, you can’t use the NIV version, it has changed original words and meaning. The KJV closest (even better the v.1611)to the original.
Point 1: Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our own image..” Who is “us” is left for another discussion. but this verse proves God created other nations first-men of the earth. God created Adam and Eve in Gen 2:7 and gave them the first law/only law–don’t eat from that tree (to paraphrase).He gave this only to them. 2:23-24.Adam and Eve were thrown out of Eden into the world with the heathens. Gen4:16-their sons remained in Eden until cain killed abel. abel was then killed and sent out to the east of eden also. Gen 6:1-2lets you know how cain found his wife. You must also remember the bible is not always in chronological order which is why precept must be read upon precept to obtain knowledge and understanding (along with a concordance and dictionary) You must also read it like a regular book to understand custom and tradition of that time.

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Deborah baht Israel on March 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm.

CORRECTION: Gen 8:11 God did establish his covenant with Noah, Israel came out of the line of Shem.

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Deborah baht Israel on March 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm.

There is also a distinction between the Sons of God(decendants of adam and eve) and men. Christians believe the Sons of God on earth were angels, this is a myth. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are descendants of Adam and Eve. The old covenant was made with Abraham

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Deborah baht Israel on March 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm.

Lamech was the father of Noah, Lemech came from the line of Cain.
Also, they married each other by cousins not sister and brother. This is also proven in scripture.

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SonOfAdam on March 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm.

So what you’re saying is, we’re not monkeys, we’re just inbreds. What a relief! I’m an Afghan with strong attractions to my sister. I was thinking about converting to Christianity before, but this seals the deal. Thank you!

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HerpDerp on June 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm.

OBEY YOUR MASTER!

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