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!