Hmmm, well it’s an interesting theory that Adam and Eve had other children, or that there were other people on Earth, though I agree they ought to have been worth mentioning. I have a hard time swallowing the notion of condoned biblical incest, simply by virtue of omission.
I reread (as much as I could of) Genesis lastnight after my original post, and actually couldn’t find mention of any wife or children of Abel prior to his death, which would leave Cain and later Seth to poplulate the Earth. This is, until Noah and his wife and 3 sons and their wives were ordered onto the Ark, and all other mankind wiped out in the great flood.
So my original point of Cain and Abel poplulating the Earth is irrelevant, it was to become Noah’s 3 sons who did the deed.Still though, how could Noah’s grandchildren mate, given that they’d all be first cousins?
There’s so much of the bible I really just don’t get. All through Genesis, for example (at least in the free version I was given by door-to-door Jehovah’s Witneses) God is repeatedly saying “we” when referring to his observations and orders given upon Earth. Who else is up there with him that he’s talking to? He says (in Genesis 1:26) “let us make man in our image, according to our likeness”. Does this speak then of the existance of more than one God? Not likely, given the commandment of not worshipping any God other than Him.
I’ve read parts of various sections of the bible (sorry, just not something I can breeze through front to back) and for the first time lastnight, noticed something contradictory that I hadn’t before. In Genesis (8:21 and :22) it says “…Never again shall I call down evil upon the ground on man’s account, becasue the inclination of the heart of man is bad from his youth up; and never again shall I deal every living thing a blow just as I have done. For all the days the earth continues, seed sowing and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, will never cease.”
This comes directly after the great flood, and I read it to mean that God will never again wipe out all living things from the Earth as he’d just done. Never again will the days of Earth cease. Hello? but doesn’t this directly contradict the notion of the Armageddon and the coming of the end of time? Which is it?
The more I read, the more I understand, the more I question, the less I know.
You can’t save your face and your ass at the same time.