If adam and eve were the only two humans, does that mean that we are the result of incest?



You have to wonder about their kids having kids with their brothers and sisters.

Gray Bold

Even without Adam and Eve, the answer is yes. According to Professor Robin Fox of Rutgers University, 80% of all marriages in history may have been between second cousins or closer. The founding population of Homo sapiens was small, 700 to 10,000 individuals; therefore, a certain amount of inbreeding is inevitable.


Of course. And even though Adam and Eve were mythical, we *still* are the result of a lot of incest. https://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/412/2-4-8-16-how-can-you-always-have-more-ancestors-as-you-go-back-in-time/

The Lord Humungus.

Angry Sky God was good with incest. The bible is full of it.


Pretty hard story to understand. Twist it any way you can, in the end, science is the only thing that helps us past that conundrum. Beyond that, it can be used in just any and all ways. After all, it is a myth about one of the earliest acts of man blaming woman ever recorded. And then the problem with the two sons, one taking the life of the other. A myth recording the hurt that comes from that kind of thing. And so on. It can be taken that way and be considered a form of truth. Exactly how it happened and how many times it happened before it got recorded for posterity is unknown.


Study the Vedas for further understanding.

ob1knob: Depends how you define Adam and Eve

Depends how you define Adam and Eve: - 1. Religions According to Genesis account, the answer is Yes necessarily. There were no other humans around besides Adam, Eve and their sons and daughters. Apocryphal Book of Jubilee even names Cain's wife his sister Awan, when their sister Azura married to other brothers, Abel, and then Seth after the murder of Abel. - 2. History Answer: No more than any small community If we accept that Adam and Eve's myth is based on Bronze Age real people who founded a settled agricultural community in Canaan, so there were other people around in Canaan, Israelite or not. - 3. Biology Answer: No, not necessarily. From global DNA sampling, we can define a matrilineal most recent common ancestor of all living humans. This theoretical ancestor is thought to have lived roughly 150.000 years ago, but she lived among a population. However, she's colloquially called "Mitochondrial Eve" Similarly, a "Y-chromosomal Adam" has also been defined. Although the dating is much less accurate than mt-DNA, it's consistent with 150.000 years Eve. However, be aware those Adam and Eve are DNA reconstruction and didn't necessarily live at the same epoch or the same place. That only means we all descend from them, whatever wich path. By the way, 150,000 ago they were already anatomically modern humans, but it was before the Out-of-Africa dispersion over continents.


Adam and Eve is a fairy tale.


No. Adam and Eve were not related.



Elaine M

The bible also says 'other people'.

Elyse Rose

If childbirth were left up to Adam, the human population would have stopped with him.




Yes, that means we're all the result of incest.... which is SUPER HOT!!!! (although most people including atheists and religious nuts would disagree with me). It's not fair that ancient peoples used to be able to enjoy the thrilling pleasures of sibling incest, but since then it's been forbidden. Why is incest now considered to be a sin?  I don't know. Lots of people will use the Bible as their moral compass and as the ultimate authority on "sin" (i.e., bad things)... but lots of stuff in the Bible is contradictory.  Fanatics will loudly use whatever verses they agree with, and then quietly ignore the contradictory ones.  Yes, the Bible does say this: " ... do not have sexual relations with your sister... " Leviticus 18:9  OK, then what about this stuff???  "... a woman who isn't a virgin on her wedding day shall be stoned to death..." Deuteronomy 22:20-21  "... whomever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall be put to death; the whole congregation shall stone the blasphemer... " Leviticus 24:16  "... if a man commits adultery with another man's wife; with the wife of his neighbor, then both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death... " Leviticus 20:10  "... you shall not allow a woman to live who practices sorcery... " Exodus 22:18  "... anyone who dishonors father or mother must be put to death for they are guilty of a capital offense... " Leviticus 20:9  "... you have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest; anyone who works on the Sabbath day must be put to death... " Exodus 35:2  "... your male and female slaves shall come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves... " Leviticus 25:44  "... a woman should learn in quietness and full submission; do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent... " 1 Timothy 2:11-12  "... if a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death... " Leviticus 20:13  "... if a priest's daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she also defiles her father's holiness, then she must be burned to death... " Leviticus 21:9  "... do not trim off the hair on your temples or trim your beards.... " Leviticus 19:27  "... if you hear that in one of your cities... that certain worthless fellows are saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods’... then you shall surely put the inhabitants of that city to death, devoting it to destruction, all who are in it and all of their animals, with the edge of the sword.... " Deuteronomy 13:12-15  Question: If even God manages to get His Word so screwed up, then how in the hell does He expect us to make total sense out of it???  Answer: It's essentially impossible.  Personally, I don't see any problem with incest or homosexuality as long as it's consensual.  Years ago, my sister and I did enjoy doing lots of really fun sexual incest activities with each other in our teens and into our twenties. Am I sorry, or do I feel ashamed, or do I feel guilty? Absolutely not; I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. Why? Because I loved my sister and still do love her; she feels the same way. The fact that we were raised as semi-Muslims in the Middle East (we were never serious Muslims; we're not Muslim today) and we had virtually no contact with anyone of the opposite sex who was our age was no doubt a huge contributing factor.  Anyway, I've posted a couple of links (below in my comment) that someone might find interesting.