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‘Where Did Cain Get His Wife?’ and Other Common Questions Skeptics Ask

Where did Cain get his wife

Has anyone ever asked you, “Where did Cain get his wife?” Questions like these can stump some Christians, but they don’t have to. God’s Word has plenty of answers—even to skeptics’ most difficult arguments.

So how should we respond to tough questions about the Bible?

As Christians, we shouldn’t simply shrug them off or offer platitudes instead of real answers. It’s important that we always have a defense for our hope in Jesus (see 1 Peter 3:15).

In this article, we’ll take a look at a couple of these common questions and seek to answer them with wisdom and biblical truth.

‘Where Did Cain Get His Wife?’

This might sound like a strange question to a Christian. But think about it from the skeptic’s perspective for a moment. If Adam and Eve were truly the first two human beings on earth, then how did their children reproduce? Where would they have found spouses?

The answer is actually a lot easier than most people think: They married their close relatives such as siblings, cousins, nieces, or nephews.

But doesn’t the Bible condemn marrying close relatives? Yes, it does! But God outlawed this practice afterhumans diversified. By the time God introduced laws against incest, the human gene pool had a lot more flaws, and marrying close relatives would have created major genetic problems for future children.

In the beginning, though, the gene pool was much cleaner, making it safer to marry close relatives.

So back to the original question: Where did Cain get his wife? The answer is, as Adam and Eve’s son, he likely married a sister or a niece. Then, as we read in Genesis 4:16-17, he settled down in the land of Nod, east of Eden, and had children with his wife.

‘How Did All the Animals Fit on the Ark?’

There must have been thousands upon thousands of animal breeds and species by the time of Noah’s Flood. So how could Noah have fit two of every animal on the Ark?

Well, first of all, it’s important to realize that God commanded Noah to take two of every kind of animal, not two of every species or breed. In Genesis 1, God created animals according to their kind. Instead of creating wolves, German Shepherds, and poodles, He simply created a dog kind. From that original pair of dogs came the vast diversity we have today.

Also, keep in mind that Noah only needed to take land animals onto the Ark, not water-dwelling creatures. So really, he didn’t have to take quite as many animals onboard as most people think.

That said, he did need a lot of space to keep two of every land animal kind (and seven of every clean kind). That’s why the Ark was so big! According to Genesis 6:15, the Ark was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. (A cubit is thought to be the length of a man’s furthest fingertip to his elbow.)

That’s a huge ship—certainly large enough to carry the necessary animals plus Noah’s family.

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Where Did Cain Get His Wife?

If Adam and Eve were the first two humans on the planet, then where did Cain find a spouse? This question often stumps Christians … but it shouldn’t. There’s an easy answer!

How Did All the Animals Fit on the Ark?

So many animal species exist in the world today. How could Noah possibly have fit them all on the Ark? Does the Bible provide answers? Yes, it does!

In this fascinating lecture, you’ll learn the biblical history of animals on Noah’s Ark. Find out how they all fit, how Noah’s family cared for them, and why the meat-eaters didn’t eat the plant-eaters.