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Adam and Eve and the Cave People Too

     Adam and Eve had neighbors.  Their neighbors were cave-people who lived alongside them.  The Biblical storyline, starting in Genesis 2, implicitly alludes to these cave-people several times.  The term "cavemen" sounds primitively chauvinistic.  Therefore, in the spirit of political correctness, I have opted to use the term "cave-people" when referring to those brutish humans who evolved before us. 

     According to the interpretations of the creationists, no people existed before Adam and Eve.  Adam and Eve were the first humans.  Then, they had two sons – Cain and Abel.  Cain killed Abel.  At this point there supposedly were only three people on the face of the earth – Adam, Eve, and their son Cain.  However, the Biblical story makes a statement which implies other people existed at that time.  It says, "Yahweh put a mark on Cain, so that if anybody found him, they would not kill him."[1]  We must ask, why is the mark necessary?  If Adam and Eve were the only other two people on earth, then surely they would recognize their own son, right?  Why would God need to put a mark on him, so that people would recognize him? 

     On the other hand, if there were cave-people living alongside them, then it makes sense that God put a mark on Cain.  God wanted the cave-people to know not to kill him, so he put a mark on him, to distinguish him from the cave-people who lived outside the Garden.  In this light, the narrative flows logically, for if another group of people were living alongside them, then they might need to see a mark on Cain to know not to kill him, because otherwise they might not recognize him.

     After this, the Bible informs us that "Cain had sex with his wife."[2]  But where did his wife come from?  Creationists will tell you that Cain married his sister.  However, Genesis never actually says his wife was his sister.  That is only an assumption the creationists make, because they assume no humans existed before Adam and Eve. 

     The same verse continues, "He built a city."  At this point, according to the creationists, there were a very limited number of people on earth – only Adam and Eve and some unknown number children they had.  But now, Cain is building a city.  We must ask, where did Cain find enough people to fill a city?  Did Adam and Eve procreate like rabbits?  Or, on the other hand, was there a larger group of people unrelated to Adam and Eve, living alongside them, who could now live in cities thanks to Cain’s engineering skills?  The same narrative continues to describe how Cain’s descendents gave certain technologies to humanity such as tent-making, herding, musical instrumentation, and metallurgy.[3]  Does it make sense that Cain was the only child of Adam and Eve who was smart enough to make these technological advancements?  Or does it make better sense that he gave these skills to a more primitive type of human? 

     Further along in the story, Genesis mentions that Adam and Eve had another son.  His name was Seth.  About Seth, Genesis says,

 

Adam lived 130 years and begat a son in his own likeness, in his very image, and called his name Seth.[4]

 

This harkens back to the place in the same narrative where Adam was created in the likeness of God.

 

In the day that God created Adam, He made him in the likeness of God.[5]

 

The Bible continues, saying Seth also had a son.  But breaking the pattern, Seth's son is not in the image of his father.

 

     Seth lived 105 years and begat Enosh.[6]

 

Notice how Adam and Seth are "made in the likeness" of their progenitor, but Enosh is not.  The implications are subtle, but very profound.  Adam is the son of God, therefore he looks like his father God, as it says "made in the likeness" of God.  Seth is the son of Adam, therefore he looks like his father Adam, as it says, "a son in his own likeness."  Enosh is the son of Seth, but nothing is said about Enosh being in the likeness of his father Seth.  It seems that Adam looked like his father God, Seth looked like his father Adam, but why doesn’t Enosh look like his father Seth?  One possible explanation is that Seth procreated with a woman from outside the Adamic line, and therefore Seth's son Enosh did not have his father's physical appearance.

     Moreover, the name "Enosh" is very telling, for it is the Hebrew word meaning "Mortal Man."  Why would someone name their kid "Mortal Man?" This question is especially appropriate when one considers the god-like life-spans recorded in Genesis 5, which regularly lasted nearly a thousand years.  Adam and Seth both lived over 900 years, according to Genesis 5, and nearly everyone in the first ten generations had similarly long life-spans.  Compared to the animals and cave-people, Adam and Eve and their kids must have felt like immortal gods.  In fact, certain early Christian texts, such as On the Origin of the World record that Eve was not really human at all, but rather she was some sort of luminous goddess-type creature.[7]  Perhaps Seth called his son "Mortal Man," because he had good reason to suspect that his son might someday perish.  If the cave-people had much shorter life-spans, and if Seth procreated with a cave-woman, then Seth would have known that his son was destined to die younger than himself.  Next, Genesis records that human life-spans began to decline toward 120 years – "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is now mortal.  His days will be 120 years."[8]       

     Then it says, "Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations."[9]  Could this mean that Noah and his pedigree refrained from mingling with the cave-people?  A casual glimpse at Genesis 5 reveals that the life spans of Noah’s ancestors did not decline to the stated 120 years.  Rather, they continued to live for about 900 years.  The statement that he was perfect in his generations, together with the continued long life spans despite God’s curse to reduce them to 120 years, suggests that Noah’s ancestors married mostly among their Adamic cousins, thus preserving their long life spans, even while other branches of the Adamic line mixed their blood with cave-people.  After the Flood, however, Noah’s children apparently married cave-people, for their life spans rapidly decline in Genesis 11:10-32. 

     Creationists will tell you that Adam and Eve’s kids married their brothers and sisters.  It was their only choice.  There was nobody else around.  Although the Bible never asserts that Adam and Eve’s children committed incest with each other, some creationists affirm it as surely as if they were there to witness it themselves.  By doing this, they create a theological problem for themselves, because the Bible condemns incest: 

 

If a man shall take his sister, his father’s daughter, or his mother’s daughter, and see her naked, and she sees him naked, it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people.[10] 

 

If God said incest is "wickedness," then why would God create a situation where Adam and Eve’s kids had to commit incest with each other?  Did God force them to break His Law?  No, it makes much more sense that Adam and Eve's children procreated with other humans outside the family – the cave-people.

     Yet one may object, why aren’t these cave-people explicitly mentioned in Genesis?  Actually, they are, but they are called "animals."  Indeed, they were still animals – mere primitives descended from apes.  Genesis 2:18-22 tells us how God wanted Adam to have a partner, so He brought animals to Adam.  But none of the animals suited him, so Eve was created to be his partner instead of the animals.  Why is Eve compared to animals here?  Was God contemplating the possibility of a marriage between Adam and a goat, or Adam and a cow – only to realize later that a woman was more fitting?  As with the incest issue, the implicit mention of bestiality in Genesis causes a serious theological dilemma, because the Bible says, "You shall not have sex with an animal."[11] 

          However, if we take the "animals" to be cave-people, then the theological dilemma disappears.   The "animals" were primitive humans who had the nature of animals.  God wanted Adam to marry one of these cave-women, whom the Bible calls "animals," but Adam refused to do so, hoping he could marry a god-like human like himself, who lived a long time.  Adam was lucky.  He got Eve.  But Adam's son Seth procreated with a cave-woman, and that is why his son did not look like him, and why he was named Enosh – "Mortal Man."

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The creationist narrative in Genesis 1 is contradicted by many ancient Christian texts.  Instead of an Almighty Creator God, ancient Christian texts espouse that the universe is born from blind arrogance and stupidity.  The angels caused evolution to occur from species to species.  There are many gods, (or aliens?), and the Christian God is just one among them.  Satan the Devil writes scripture, and thus the Bible was polluted with Genesis 1.  Archaeology and modern scholarship demonstrate that Genesis is indeed corrupted.  Cavemen walk with Adam and Eve.  Esoteric prophecies reveal the coming of Christ, and also reveal the dark forces that govern the cosmos.  Such are the ancient Christian writings.

Sciencevindicates the truth of these ideas.  Evolution often happens too fast for Darwin’s theory.  Gaps in the fossil record indicate that some kind of unnatural force acts together with natural selection.  Astrobiology reveals that intelligent life probably evolved long before us.  The fossil record reveals strange clues that aliens abducted species and transported them across oceans, and that DNA from diverse lineages was combined to spawn hybrid species.  Evidently, aliens influence evolution, and they are the gods of the world’s religions. 

This is not fiction.  All these facts are thoroughly documented in the links above.



[1] Genesis 4:15

[2] Genesis 4:17

[3] Genesis 4:20-22

[4] Genesis 5:3

[5] Genesis 5:1

[6] Genesis 5:6

[7] On the Origin of the World, Nag Hammadi 2.115-116

[8] Genesis 6:3

[9] Genesis 6:9

[10] Leviticus 20:17

[11] Leviticus 18:23

 

 

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