Where did Cain get his wife?
This is one of those questions passed around in pubs, clubs, school playgrounds and other institutions noted for their great learning! It is asked by people who have not read their Bibles. In asking the question, they are really making a statement, ‘I don’t believe the Bible and this question is my excuse.’
The Bible clearly answers this question, but I fear that most who ask it will still not take God’s Word seriously, because for them the issue is not that they cannot believe, but that they do not want to.
In Genesis Chapter five verse four we read that Adam, after his sons Cain and Abel were born, also had a son called Seth, and other sons and daughters. Marriage between such close family relations is unacceptable and problematic to us today. However, Verna Wright, for many years professor of rheumatology at Leeds University says concerning this, ‘At the beginning of the human race this was all right. Later, when inter-marriage could be dangerous by increasing the likelihood of disease producing recessive genes manifesting themselves, the Bible itself laid down clear guidelines about this – a remarkable provision when the science of genetics was unknown.’
In all aspects, the Bible is trustworthy. As it retells historical events, it does so with precision and accuracy. After all, it is God’s Word, and He does not make human mistakes.
A boy asked his R.E. teacher: “Where did Cain get his wife?” The teacher replied “I’d tell you if I was Abel!”
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