An Interesting Study (Part 2)

So, a few days ago I made a post about something I came across in the Book of Genesis. Just to give a basic review, my Bible mentioned that Cain conceived children with his wife, who was never named specifically, and my commentary mentions that Cain MIGHT have committed incest. My goal? Figure out who this person is and what’s going on in this situation! 

Now, we know that Adam and Eve had three male children… and these were the first people in history. Therefore, some incest had to occur in order to populate the planet! However, it seems that some Biblical scholars believe that Cain did NOT commit incest. I thought of several situations and scenarios in this could be possible (surprisingly, none of them involve evolution). After a few days of research and reflection, I came to the following conclusion:

Following the order of events in Genesis 1, God created mankind on the sixth day of Creation. After this specific creation account, another one is presented that talked about the creation of the first two people, Adam and Eve. God is very logical in His plans and execution of His will. He inspired Moses to write the Torah in way that people of all backgrounds could understand their origins and how to conduct themselves in life. That being said, why would God make Moses write the events of Creation in chronological order for the majority of Genesis 1, but then has the Adam and Eve account listed AFTER God created mankind?? The most logical conclusion from all of this would be that God created a small, finite number of human beings (the creation of mankind itself). Afterwards, God knows that His newest creation has consciousness and thought, so He finds a way to test their obedience and bestows upon them Free Will (i.e. the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden). This argument would claim that God created mankind as a whole, THEN Adam and Eve specifically, as representatives of humanity, in order to see how Man will respond with Free Will. 

Now, if that blew some of your minds, I apologize entirely!

If this is the type of thinking that some Biblical scholars have, this would definitely be an “underground” way of thinking about one of the biggest events in Genesis. What’s the truth though? God created Man, then Adam and Eve, so He can test them? Or is it just as we understand it in Genesis already? There is a philosophical concept called Ockham’s Razor. It simply states that “all things being equal, the simplest explanation is most likely the correct one.” Both ideas that I have presented are equally viable! However, the simplest explanation? You guessed it, Genesis as it is! Therefore, in my expert (some people call me an expert 😀 )opinion, we can take the events of Genesis at face value, which in turn means that Cain had to commit incest in order to have children! 

Hopefully, this all made sense in some way or another. I’ll be sure to post more soon. Take care everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Sheldon Out

An Interesting Study

So, one day while I was studying my Bible (I decided to do a study on the Torah – Pentateuch, Mosaic Law or any other name you wish to give it) I came across something interesting. In Genesis Chapter 4, it mentions the man Cain conceiving a child with his wife. Now, obviously there is nothing inherently wrong about that statement. However, up until this point in the Bible, the family tree of the Human Race appeared as follows:

Adam+Eve = Cain, Abel, and Seth (eventually). Also, according to some of the commentary in my Bible about this particular verse in question, it states that scholars SPECULATE that Cain committed incest with his mother, which is against the Law. However, the fact that this comes before Moses brought the Law is not the issue. The problem is that if the early stages of Humanity actually began this way, then Cain HAD to conceive a child with his own mother. If God created Adam and Eve, and then they bore Cain, Abel, and Seth, then in order to continue to populate the Earth, Eve had to be shared with all of the men present until enough generations were created until she was not required anymore. Now, I apologize for how graphic that was, but my point is this: If most scholars do not think that Cain committed incest, than who was Cain’s wife? This only leads to one conclusion: THERE WERE OTHER PEOPLE AROUND!

Now, if there were other human beings on the planet during all of this chapter of Genesis, than this means that our traditional understanding of the events in the Book of Genesis need to be altered. The easiest way out? Dismiss everything in Genesis. Personally, I think that’s a cop out, so other conclusions can be as follows: 1) Everything depicted in Genesis DID happen as it was told, but over the course of a few generations. 2) Everything depicted in Genesis occurred EXACTLY as it happened and Moses did not want to say directly that Cain committed incest. 3)Everything that happened in Genesis is purely allegorical and is more for moral teachings than for historical accuracy. OR….. 4) Everything in Genesis actually happened… but in a way that no human being has ever considered! I have my own theories about this and I am currently developing upon them. In the near future, I shall make another blog post as a follow up to this one and expound upon these ideas. If I am right though…. this can be EARTH-SHATTERING!!!! To be continued my faithful readers!

 

Sheldon Out