Were Adam & Eve Siblings?

Q: If adam and eve were the first people on earth, does that mean they’re brother and sister?

A: According to the Bible, which I believe is true, Adam and Eve were the first two people on Earth. But they weren’t brother and sister. Brothers and sisters come from the same mother, but neither Adam nor Eve had a mother. God made them both himself.

Genesis 2:7 says that God formed Adam out of the dust, and Genesis 2:21-25 tells us that God made Eve out of one of Adam’s ribs!

They were the first “husband and wife” according to the Bible. They had children. The Bible talks first about two sons, Cain and Abel. In Genesis 5:4 the Bible tells us that Adam and Eve had “other sons and daughters” and Gen 5:5 says that Adam lived 930 years! For some reason, people lived a reeeeaaaallly long time back then.

Over those hundreds of years, Adam and Eve probably had dozens and dozens of sons and daughters. These sons and daughters (brothers and sisters) must have married each other and had children, since they were the first family to exist. So, does that mean they committed incest? Well, I guess it does. But, it wasn’t a big deal back then. In fact, it wasn’t until hundreds of years later that incest became illegal and morally wrong (Leviticus 18).

Incest is bad today because of the possibility of producing children with genetic mutations (and cause it’s pretty gross to think about marrying your brother or sister! yuck!). However, Adam and Eve were made perfect by God. They had no genetic imperfections. They had perfect genes. It was only after many generations that little mutations in the genes would have developed enough to cause the potential for incest to be dangerous. It seems that when it got to that point, God created laws (Leviticus 18) that made it morally wrong.

So, to answer the question: Adam and Eve were not brother and sister, but their many many sons and daughters were. Those sons and daughters married each other and had many many sons and daughters to start populating the earth. Incest was necessary back then and not morally wrong or genetically dangerous. Over time, however, as the human gene pool corrupted it became necessary to disallow incest because of the potential of producing messed up kids. So, God made laws to make it morally and legally wrong. We still abide by those laws today.

- Pastor Mike.

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