The Origin of Humanity –
2. the Awkwardness of Bible
There are records about the origin of humanity in the book of Genesis in the Bible:
1:26 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.
1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
2.7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
2.18 And the LORD God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
2.21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.
2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
3:20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
So, is this how humans came into being?
Let us have a look at what the Bible says:
4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
4:10 And he said, what hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
4:12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
4:13 And Cain said unto the LORD, my punishment is greater than I can bear.
4:14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
4:15 And the LORD said unto him, therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
So, we have a question on the above records, Adam and Eve are the original humans, and Cain and Abel are their first two sons. At that time, no one else should exist on the earth except for Adam’s family, so why was Cain worrying, “everyone who findeth me shall slay me”? Who was going to find him?
If what the Bible recorded is true, then some people other than Adam’s family must have existed, and they must have existed before Adam’s family did. Otherwise, Cain would not have spoken those words. So, if there lived other humans who were not descendants of Adam and Eve (back then, Adam and Eve only had two son, and Abel was killed by Cain), then we can say that Adam and Eve are not the ancestors of all human beings and that what the Bible recorded is only the story of the origin of the Israelite people.
The Bible only recorded the origin of the Middle Eastern people, and not that of all human beings.
So where do human beings come from?