(Original post by Laus)
1) Did Abel and Cain have sex with their mother in order to procreate; if so, who did their
children have sex with?
2) How did Chinese/Black/White etc. people emerge, if everyone descended from Adam and Eve?
3) If other people were made elsewhere, why are these people not made reference to early on?
4) Why is there no mention of dinosaurs?
5) How can the earth be 6000(?) years old when there are fossils that are millions of years old?
6) If God is all-knowing, then why did he create the world? He knew full well that man would sin and that everything would go to pot, yet he went ahead with it anyway!
7) If God is forgiving and benevolent, why is there evil and suffering, hell etc.?
8) If God really
loves us the way He claims to loves us, then you'd think he'd put things to right. Use his omnipotence for good, y'know.
These are just a few questions that puzzle me.
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1) How did the sons of Adam procreate?
Although the Bible doesn't mention who were the wives of Cain, Abel and Seth, I think it is probably fair to say that there was some incest going on, but most probably it was between them and their sisters. If you look in the Bible you will find that Abraham was married to his half sister Sarah and they had a child together.
While this is today unacceptable behaviour, sexual relationships between members of the family were not condemned by God until in Leviticus
, which is believed to have come about between 550-400 BC.
Why the need for incest? There wasn't anyone else on the earth other than Adam and his family, therefore it was a necessity in order to procreate. Due to this, it is probably accurate to assume that the children of Cain, Abel and Seth probably had children with their cousins.
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2) How did different races emerge?
After the flood, Noah and his family were the only inhabitants of the earth.
Genesis 11:1 - And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech
therefore it is safe to assume they were also of one race.
The same chapter of Genesis tells the story of the Tower of Babel. Basically, after the flood, the people on the earth - the descendants of Noah were all living together
Genesis 11:4 Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth."
However, God decided to "confuse their language" so that they would not understand each other. I think this was partially due to the fact that God had given the instruction to Noah that his descendants should "fill the earth" - something that they couldn't do if they were living in one place together, the fact they were trying to "make a name for themselves" wasn't something God liked and also God saw how powerful man was becoming and he knew they would use this power for evil.
So after the creation of different languages, the people left the site where they were and were scattered around the earth in groups of those who spoke the same languages as them. This can be argued to be the start of different races.
What is a race? On a simple level, different skin colours, different languages and customs.
What determines skin colour? The pigment melanin. Variation in skin color is largely due to genetics. As a general pattern people from tropical regions and higher altitudes (hence greater UV light exposure) have darker skin than people from subtropical regions. So basically, as the people moved around the world to places with different climates, their skin basically adjusted, however at first the differences in skin colours and features wouldn't have been that dramatic, but over the years and through the generations changes occured.
It could be argued that this could also be due to the human equivalent of unconscious selective breeding, where basically the characteristics and genes in certain people which were more suited to the climate of the place were they were living in, were dominant and more easily passed on to their offsprings. E.g, those who live in Africa have darker skin as it is necessary in order to protect them from the harmful rays of the sun and to lower the chances of sun burn/skin cancer. Therefore the genes for darker skin/higher levels of melanin became dominant and therefore were passed on.
So basically as the descendants of Noah branched off into smaller groups, as they intermarried and moved into different parts of the world with different climates and geographical features, "races" were created as now, the groups had different characteristics from each other, which only got stronger and more defined over a period of time.
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