Were Adam and Eve The First Humans God Created?

Were Adam and Eve the first human beings God created, or were there others that were created before them? In Genesis 1:26 God said let us create man in our own image, after our own likeness, and let them have domination over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, and the cattle of the earth, and everything that creeps upon the earth. 27- So God Created man in his own image. Male and female, he created them.

Then in Genesis 2 part of verse 5 says " There was not a man to till the ground" It continues to verse 7-And God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living soul.

God also put the man with a living soul into the Garden of Eden. When the man was in the Garden of Eden God gave him the name Adam. After that God decided to create a woman for Adam, who would also be in the Garden of Eden, her name was Eve.

What is interesting, is that these verses tell us, humans were created on the 6th day and were told to replenish the earth. However, later when Adam was created, he was given a soul, and was placed in the Garden of Eden.

Now, after Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden, they had two sons, Cain and Abel. Cain killed Abel but when God spoke to him Cain became very afraid. Why was he so afraid? It must have been the other humans, the ones who were not so advanced as he was.

There are also interesting facts outside the bible. Farming by humans began about 10,000 years ago. Also, about 10,000 years ago people began to domesticate animals. The main place for domestication of cows, horses, goats, sheep, and alfalfa, the worlds most important forage crop, were all found to have started around Iran.

Archeologists have found human skeletons about 100,000 years old, but they have not found a "missing link" Are the human skeletons the first humans before Adam and Eve?


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Charles Hilton 4 years ago

It's generally agreed among non-partisan Bible scholars and even the Catholic Church that the Genesis creation account is allegorical. Contrary to what the Fundamentalists assume, the contradictions in the Genesis account of creation undermine any claim to its being literal. The literalists don't understand that a holy book doesn't have to be literal to be "inspired" or to teach valuable life-lessons. It's as if they think their God isn't capable of allegory, or that maybe he's as illiterate as they are, which is probably a comforting thought to them. An anthropomorphic God made in the likeness of man is closer to the truth than the other way around. I say this as an ex-fundamentalist Baptist.

Excellent hub which will probably stimulate much debate---get ready! lol

Voted up!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment Charles, it is interesting and one of the things I am wondering about.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

God created man...I have always thought it was possible there was some type of evolution among fish, apes, whatever science believes but the final word is God Created Man! My other issue has always been how long was a day during creation? Could it have been years rather than hours? There is so much we do not know but I truly believe God created man in His image and likeness and Adam and Eve were the first man and woman as we know them today. Great hub and as Charles said thought provoking with much debate to follow! Voted up.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment tillsontitan. It is a very good one. We do not know how long God's days were. But, I am not sure Charles is right on this one. No debate yet. lol


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I think you made a mistake Charles, nobody seems to be commenting on this much execept you and tillsontitian.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Michele, your post is thought provoking and challenges one to think about this question. I agree with Charles in that the Bible is not literal and is allegorical. It is similar to how some books are portrayed today to an audience. For instance, the popular Star Wars Series, it starts with the end and works back to the beginning. I think the Bible writers wrote as inspired by God and wrote as we do with such a passion and purpose to convey thoughts. After all, the best way to get someone to read a good book is to lead them to look between the lines for truths. Great question.


Charles Hilton 4 years ago

HubPages is unpredictable like that. There's a randomness I've detected on what hubs generate a lot of feedback. I've seen pages of comments on trivial as well as serious hubs and I've also heard crickets on topical hubs as well as the mundane. It's a crap-shoot, either way, even though I think your hub deserves more attention and I honestly thought it would garner more attention. That being said, the time of day we post hubs makes a huge difference. For example: it's never good to publish a hub late at night when most of the readers are either in bed or getting ready for it. And early in the morning when most people are getting ready for work. My experience tells me that the best time to publish a hub is when most people are getting home from work and have had their dinner, which varies from coast-to-coast. That way, when they log on to HubPages, they see your hub listed in their news-stream. As for the foreign market, I don't think they make up as large a viewership as the American market, so, it's good to time your hubs according to the American time-zones. I may be wrong on that, but, I don't think so.

I hope this helps and I apologize for any false expectations---that's why I qualified my prediction with "probably." lol


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

Hi Michele,

I am one of those people who take the Bible literally. I believe that the Creation took six days and I also believe that Adam and Eve were the first two humans on earth. I do not think that there is a contradiction when Genesis says about man being created in one chapter and then talking about Adam and Eve in another because I always saw it as a link between creation and man. Adam and Eve featured in the Creation and then after that something happened. It is just like a prelude in a book would be. But I know that many disagree with me.

I simply think that in order to believe that Jesus is the Messiah then one has to believe the Bible and wholeheartedly.

As for the people Cain was afraid of - Adam and Eve had other children after Cain and Abel. It would make sense that he would be afraid of his siblings and family members because he had murdered their family member too.


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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Derek Prince stated that he thought (as opposed to believed) that there were humanoids on earth before God place the first man here, which makes some sense, as does the indicator that God 'created' us from basic materials already present (dirt) and 'breathed into us' life.

We are souls with a body, not bodies with a soul.

Any pre Adamic humanoids would have been 'instinctive' i.e. bodies with no souls, just instincts.

It was the 'added value' factor that God instilled with us that made the difference.

John


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viquar 4 years ago from Hyderabad, India

This is what is revealed in the Quran,

“And God said: ‘O Mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person [Adam] and from Him [Adam] He created his wife [Eve], and from them both He created many men and women.’” [Quran 4:1]

According to Douglas C Wallace Professor of Biological Sciences and Molecular Medicine -University of California, and cutting-edge research, everyone on the planet today can trace a specific part of his or her genetic heritage back to one woman through a unique part of our genetic makeup, the mitochondrial DNA [mtDNA]. The mtDNA of “mitochondrial Eve” has been passed down through the centuries from mother to daughter [men are carriers, but don’t pass it on] and exists within all people living today. It is popularly known as the Eve theory because, as can be deduced from the above, it is passed down through the X chromosome. Scientists are also studying DNA from the Y chromosome [perhaps to be dubbed the “Adam theory”], which is passed only from father to son and is not recombined with the mother’s genes.

Later many other scientists tried to disprove this theory saying that eve's mitochondrial DNA survived where as all of her other female contemporaries failed to produce a direct unbroken female line to the present day.

But Modern day Science has taken many U-turns so with the information currently available with us, it can neither be proved or denied that Adam and Eve were the first human couple.

Let us wait for a few more hundred years and watch.


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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Hi viquar, don't think I have got that long to wait, so I must base my decision on what is available! but I get what you mean. :)


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you teaches, I had not thought about it that way.

I appreciate your comment very much.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Hey Charles, thank you for helping me. I will try to do that next time.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you North Wind, that also makes a lot of sense. As you know, I write these hubs because answers like yours help me learn and that is what I need. So, thank you again, and God bless youl


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you John for your comment. Derek Prince's thought interested me very much. When God told man to "till" the soil. And that did not happen until about 10,000 years ago. But, fossils have been found much older then that, and but they were only hunters. But, farming or tilling the soil did not start until about 10,000 years ago is very interesting to me. It also started in Iran, which if you into articles people have written about the location of the Garden of Eden, it was supposed to be near Iran.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Viquar I have also heard about this, but yes as you have said the problem is the DNA does not always work. Sometimes it does not survive, or cannot be identified. So, you are right, it will take more time to find out.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

There are two stories about the creation in Genesis. The first is the Adam and Eve story. Further along is another version about the creation. I am not quoting directly, but the story says that God created man. The A man or The Man, but man, as in mankind. The same is true for the creation of woman. If you accept that story, it would offer reasons why there are different races of people in the world and it would explain how procreation occurred. I grew up Baptist and became a Catholic about 20 years ago. As a writer of sorts, I have to take much of the Old Testament as being stories told to explain things to earlier Generations.

I believe we were created by God. The manner he chose, does not overly concern me.

Your hub was very good and raised some interesting points.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment Larry, it is a very good comment. We were created by God. And that is the important thing.


Kay 4 years ago

I have read most of the comments in this hub. I also think God first created Female and Male in his own image, this in the sixth day, then God rests in the seventh day and after that he sees that there is no "man" to work the ground , but didnt he already make man in his own image previously? then God creates the Garden of Eden and there he creates man from dust and gives his spirit to him, then from Adam´s ribs he creates Eva. Here God created Adam and a time later he created Eva, this differently from the beggining in the sixth day when God in company says lets create man in our image ( I dont know why he says "lets us" create man, perhaps he was talking to the holy spirit and to the Son., later, God , when Adam and Eve are expelled from the Eden garden he speaks again in plural : 22. And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.


kay 4 years ago

I apologize for my English since it is not my native language, and say Eva instead Eve ... I also think that God created different Humans because we know Adam and Eve had some children, but who do theese children had more children with? I dont know much about genetics, but I think that if a man has sex with his sister their genes would get mixed up in a wrong manner and their children will have malformations or diseases :

Full-sibling or parent-child incest results in about 17% child mortality and 25% child disability, for a combined result of about 42% nonviable offspring.”

Donald Brown, 'Human Universals' pp123

( lets remember in that period there were no doctors ,vaccums or pills at all.)

The phenomenon of nonviable offspring from breeding between closely related family members is not limited to Humans, but to most life, especially amongst mammals and multicellular organisms:

“A study of 38 captive mammalian species found a cross-species average of around 33% offspring mortality resulting from closely incestuous matings.”

Donald Brown, 'Human Universals' pp124

So in therory, the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve must have found more humans to breed with; those who were created and told to multiply in number, previously on the sixth day of creation . God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground. Gen 1:28

I have another topic to disscus too on this matter, for example I think the reason why we cant fully understand or why we get so confused when we read the bible might be because this bible has been modified; the bible has been translated and edited through time and perhaps some words are not the same as they were intended from the beggining. On the other hand, there are some theories that say the bible has been completely modified by the different religions; by the jewish the catholic and the christians , people say that these movements removed chapters or complete books, such as the book of Judas, but the point is that if we are reading and trusting in a book that is incomplete, then I believe the least we can do is research more and try to be open-minded . God said he would punish anyone who added or removed anything from the bible, but he also said that this knowledge was only for those who had understanding .


Ezekiel Peace Igbodo 4 years ago

According to the bible, Adam & Eve were the first human folks created by the almighty God the father of our lord Jesus Christ.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Since we can assume that neither Adam or Eve wrote the book of Genesis, we also assume that it was written by someone who did not witness the creation. Therefore, it is impossible to accept the book as a literal account of the creation of the earth. I have stated in other Hubs and comments that God used evolution as the tool for Creation. With evolution, God devised a plan for how man, animals and plant life would develop over time. He then started the process and let his plan progress. Man is still evolving as part of the plan. We just have to make sure we do not destroy ourselves before we get to the level of understanding that God hopefully has planned for us.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Larry I agree with you in terms of not destroying ourselves before we get to the level of understanding God has hopefully planned for us. Reading the news has been powerful the last few days. There is so much going on. I know this answer has nothing to do with Adam and Eve. Maybe we need to focus on what is happening in the world today.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Michele:

An excellent point, since we cannot change the past and since we cannot agree on what really occurred in the ancient past, it is best that we look at today, tomorrow and down that proverbial road. Getting caught up in ancient genealogy may be interesting, but what's done is done. Let's look at what we are doing now and try to make it better.


Ghulam Rasool 4 years ago

I am a Muslim. We are told that more or less 1,24,000 prophets came to earth to spread message of Almighty Allah. Names of more or less 26 prophets are mentioned in Holy Book Qur'an. If we multiply 1,24,000 by 50 years given to each prophet, h0w many years have passed when earth was created. Hence, Adam was the first human created by Allah Almighty. So archaologists are right to find fossils of humans 1,00,000 years old. ghulam902002@yahoo.com.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Ghulam Rasool Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it very much.

Allah bless you


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healthwealthmusic 3 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

I agree with @North Wind. We will never completely understand an Almighty God, as we are only humans with a limited mind. To quote your words: "Cain killed Abel but when God spoke to him Cain became very afraid. Why was he so afraid?" I have always believed that Cain was afraid of God. Why would he not be? He knew he had committed something bad, and was likely afraid he would be punished.

To say the least, I am no great philosopher, but I was quite shocked at the poll above, and the number of people who thought there were humans before Adam & Eve. Another quote: "In Genesis 1:26 God said let us create man in our own image, " I have always believed this to mean God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, (Trinity)....

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