Due to my growth & multiple changes in my worldview over the years, this post is considered “archived” and is offered here for historical purposes only. Opinions offered above may not necessarily reflect my current beliefs, though you're still more than welcome to participate in the comments, discussing anything from the post. Thank you for understanding.
I came across this while stumbling through the Tubes — hey, I’m on vacation and reserve the right to kill time — and couldn’t pass it up. I don’t have anyone to credit for the image — it was hosted on one of those free image hosting sites — so if you happen to know its origin, do let me know.
The image poses this question: “If Adam and Eve have two boys where did Cain and Able’s [sic] wives come from?” The response to the question included on the image is “Kid, that’s a GOOD question.”
That’s what passes for a good question? That‽
How do I answer thee, let me count the ways:
Abel is never said to have been married. Cain murdered his brother in cold blood before he would know the love of a woman, it would seem.
Yes, Adam and Eve had two sons, but nowhere are we told they had just two sons. If you can manage to read to at least the end of the fourth chapter of the Bible, you will know they had at least one other son: Seth.
Okay, so where did Cain and Seth get their wives? For that, you’ll have to read all the way into the fifth chapter — I know, research is hard work — where you’ll see that Adam and Eve had “other sons and daughters” (Genesis 5:4).
And so the question’s answered, and all it took was a little reading — a very little, actually. If, however, you’re interested in Cain and the circumstances surrounding his life, check out The Line of Cain.
Remember: Reading is fundamental! (And if you’re reading this, you should be able to spell Abel. ;-])