Adam & Eve's First Children
A teacher of religion asked his class a question. He drew the letter 'V' on the blackboard and said to the class:
"Make this into a four."
After some discussion, the class decided that the 'V' was a Roman numeral five (5) and told the teacher to write 'IV' to make it four (4).
"Make this," said the teacher drawing an 'X' or ten (10) on the blackboard, "Into a nine (9)."
Then followed the students to write 'IX' the Roman numeral for nine (9) on the board.
"Now, make it into a six (6)," said the teacher referring to the 'IX' on the board.
After much meditation, one student suggested putting more 'I's' before the 'IX' but the teacher simply walked to the board saying:
"How about we put an 'S' in front of the 'IX to make it SIX (6)?
Steven R Covey refers to a paradigm shift or shift of perspective in his famous self-help book entitled The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Instead of looking at a situation the same way without getting the desired results, look at it from a different vantage to see if that will help.
Because the students in the class could not think outside of the perspective from which the teacher started with, Roman numerals, they did not consider using another way to view reaching their goal to make 'IX' into "SIX."
Inevitably among the faithful people of religions, Jew, Christian, Muslim and others is little agreement about what the text of the Bible does NOT reveal regarding the first children of Adam. Because the record lists in Genesis the first murderer and the first victim of murder, many assume that those two men, Cain and Abel, were also the first children of Adam and Eve also. It is a logical assumption too if no regard is paid to reason.
Since there is no evidence in the scientific community as of yet supporting Adam and Eve as the first humans or Cain and Able as the first children, anything is conjecture. However, plausible conjecture, conjecture based within reason provides a point to relate to the first family.
Adam and Eve's Children
To assume something without proper consideration is to make an ASS out of U and ME. Clever wordplay, but true nonetheless. This article makes the assumption that the Bible does not contain every book or word written by all prophets since Adam, especially since books quoted by authors in the Bible are not included in the modern version of the Bible. Many people worship the Bible!
Somehow, because the Bible is the word of God, it has morphed over the centuries into this object of affection and reverence that represents God! People swear on the Bible as if by so doing it will prevent them from lying. It is simply a book. It does not contain all the word of God. It contains what God wants His believers in it to know, and that's all. Remember, there existed no modern Bible for Jesus, His apostles, or early Christians. The New Testament was not written until after the resurrection. Moving on!
Second Assumption - Shots in the Dark
With a baboon is how it happened! After Cain murdered Abel, he went off and mated with a baboon and began the human race with a primate! That is how it had to happen.
Maybe Abel was Gay, which is why Cain became so angry to murder him when he made some advance towards him, his brother! There was no one else, right? Abel had to the first homosexual male, right?
When there is limited access to information, people form the strangest of ideas to keep their faith in the veracity of the creation saga. It is only human to attempt an explanation of the foundational core of humanity believed by billions of people. As strange and imaginative as the two examples are above, people believe!
Placing limitations on what is canon and correct also opens up the accepted canon to uninspired hole filling to placate the inquisitive. In the Information age, there is no room for the teaching: believe it and accept it without question. Those days ended when the average person utilized his or her ability to send an email.
Logic dictates that there were other people besides those who came from Adam and Eve living outside of Eden's Garden, in the larger land of Eden. That assumption, however, does not support Adam and Eve being the first humans. It is easier on the mind to call the creation story a myth created to add meaning to human existence to give people purpose.
Another option is Cain and Abel were two among many siblings in existence at the time. There is no place in Scripture that suggests otherwise. Why not assume other humans existed prior to Cain and Able and with Cain and Able?
No more assumptions, Adam and Eve had other children. Nowhere in the commonly accepted canon is there an indication that Cain and Abel were the first children. Nowhere in the canon is there indications that other children did not exist. Logic and modern scripture attest that other people lived in great numbers by the time the famous Cain and Abel came about.
Lost to the Bible is a book revealed as the words of Moses clarifying the creation, among others, teaching. Is it plausible that God revealed to a modern prophet what was missing from the Bible He preserved for the spiritual consumption of His children? Yes! That is what happened. According to the Book of Moses, canon recognized comparable to the Holy Bible in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
Adam knew his wife, and she bare unto him sons and daughters, and they began to multiply and to replenish the earth. And from that time forth, the sons and daughters of Adam began to divide two and two in the land, and to till the land, and to tend flocks, and they also begat sons and daughters. 1
Satan deceived the children of the first couple with the same lying notions with which he deceived Eve during her immortal life in Eden's Garden. Like their mother, the first children tended to believe Satan. But unlike Mother Eve, they loved him, his lies!
The words of Korihor, another extra-Biblical person and ancient anti-Christ apply to the first group of apostate humans. Korihor was a man on a mission to destroy the faith of an ancient culture of dispersed Israelites living in America. Failing in his design, he said to his audience before his demise:
The devil hath deceived me; for he appeared unto me in the form of an angel, and said unto me: Go and reclaim this people, for they have all gone astray after an unknown God. And he said unto me: There is no God; yea, and he taught me that which I should say. And I have taught his words; and I taught them because they were pleasing unto the carnal mind; and I taught them, even until I had much success, insomuch that I verily believed that they were true; and for this cause I withstood the truth, even until I have brought this great curse upon me. 2
Korihor lost his voice and eventually his life as a curse. The curse that was upon the first children was losing their souls, never to be brought in to the presence of God in the flesh. How it must have pained Adam and Eve to watch their children chose choices they knew were bad for their children. Heaven and God were the equivalents of tasting salt while the children of the first couple were never introduced to the taste of salt. How could they describe salt to their children?
Adam and Eve could not explain well enough to their children what it was like to live in paradise and be in the presence of God to keep their first group of children from listening to Satan. As sad as it is to say, the first brood of children seemed to be inquisitive like Eve, willing to entertain the ideas of the Fallen One, Lucifer.
Strait and Narrow Path, or Satan's Path? Choose!
Logic dictates that in order for the things billions of people believe about Adam and Eve to be true, other people besides Cain and Able existed after their parents' expulsion from the Eden Garden. Faith does not require rational thought, but true faith does not contradict reason. Just as the teacher in the class described in the opening of this article informed his students to change IX into SIX by adding an 'S,' if some consideration that God is not limited by human understanding, knowledge that Adam and Eve had other children before their murderous one committed fratricide is at LEAST a possibility, right?
Pearl of Great Price - Book of Moses 5:2-3 1
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ - Alma 30:53 2
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