Can Adam And Eve Truly Account For Human Genetic Diversity


Christian theology teaches that the first humans were Adam and Eve respectfully.  The human race started with these 2 and created the wide-spread diversity that is now found among the human race as we know it today. Many in the Christian world believe that the human race started with these 2 and no one else. That their children married and had children and the human race began to grow and multiply and replenish the earth. I can’t help but wonder how much truth is contained in this mythology of the christian religion. Now I am not saying that Adam and Eve did not exist and were not real and we simply evolved from another species of primitive humans, though that theory certainly has merit. It is certainly plausible that we did evolve and Adam and Eve were the first of the human species as we know it today.

Throughout early Genesis we read of Adam and Eve’s sons taking wives but no mention of who these wives relations are, while much later in the bible when one takes a wife often the name and relations are mentions. In Genesis chapter 4 we read of Cain going to live in the land of Nod east of Eden and he having a wife and bearing children. Cain was among the first generations mentioned in the bible after Adam and Eve, would he have married his sister or niece? What was this land of Nod and who were the people who lived there.

While it is clear that Adam and Eve had many children both sons and daughters it is not clear what the relations between this first generation of children were and their wives. If they had married in the family they could not of married cousins as Adam and Eve had no brothers or sisters who had children recorded if we are to assume the record is complete. The only other conclusions is that in order for the second generation of children to be born after Adam and Eve the first generations would have had to marry each other as brother and sister. Cain was a direct son of Adam and Eve but who was his wife? Was she a daughter of Adam and eve? Was she the daughter of one of his siblings? Did he marry and sister or a niece as that logically would have been the only alternative, he did not have any cousins as Adam and Eve had no brothers and sisters.

In my mind that simply does not make sense. The idea of brothers marrying sisters and men marrying their nieces or daughters cannot possibly be the truth. In my experiences if it does not make sense then it probably is not the truth.

It has been shown via scientific genetic biology that if brother and sisters were to marry and their kids marry and so forth and so on that genetic mutations and deformities happen resulting from DNA that is to close. This is common knowledge when it comes to genetics. One then wonders whether Adam and Eve were truly the only first humans.

Adam and Eve are certainly the first of the humans but is it not also possible that others followed them after the creations. Is it not also Possible that God created other humans in the same manner as Adam and Eve to ensure the genetic diversity needed to supply the human race with the needed genetic pool. Just like in science, lack of proof or record of this does not prove the non exsitense of this face in earthly history.

Genesis 1:26-27

26 ¶And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

This passage of scripture in no way tells what methods used to create the human species, nor does the biblical account of the creation explain in any way what was happening outside the garden. Could humans have been evolving outside the garden while Adam and Eve were still in the Garden. Perhaps Adam and Eve need to be created seperate from the evolution of the human species as the mother and father of the human family needed to be fully pure to start the species. After all everything in the garden was pure in its entirety as the starting point. God created man but we do not know how. It is also important to note that God created man then put him in the Garden. Could Adam and Eve have evolved as biologist believe and then placed in the garden?

I know this is all just speculation but it does make me wonder about the specifics and details of how Adam and Eve came to be and whether or not they were the only first humans.

When all is said and done however the answer to these questions while certainly intriguing are not important to our eternal welfare and exaltation. The day will come when we will know all things. No matter how you dice and slice it and what theories or hypothesis you come up with Adam and Eve will always be the starting point of mankind. They will always be the first of the human race and thus will always be the mother and father of mankind.

And that is the gospel according to Andrew


One comment on “Can Adam And Eve Truly Account For Human Genetic Diversity

  1. Though I have never voiced my opinion on this, I actually agree with you in many ways.

    I have a testimony that what Adam and Eve experienced in the Garden truly happened. Yet, God created this big earth. And the garden was “Eastward in Eden.” There were so many things/animals/beasts/ etc that God created. I have often wondered about genetic diversity and how the entire human race started from Adam and Eve.

    Since we don’t have anything definitive, I don’t usually think too much about it. I trust God enough to simply say, “Well, I’ll understand it in time.” And for now, my personal speculation is maybe something that I have absolutely not considered nor can I imagine happened.

    In Genesis 6, it talks about “the sons of God marrying the daughters of men.” This seems to be a significant difference, and I have always thought maybe it is more significant than we realize. And there were giants. There were just other things happening.

    Anyways – I think that it is interesting to think about. And thankfully, for now, we know the truths that will save us.

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