I’ve been reading the bible and I have had some troubles with Genesis. One of the problems is that I have not found a passage in the Bible which says that Cain was Adam and Eve’s first son. I would like to quote it:
Genesis 4:1-2 does no support the idea that Cain and Abel were their first sons. IT says that they had a child, not that it was their first.
My problems begin with Adam and Eve’s curses (because of sin):
I always made the comparison of the curses with a punishment. Let’s say a child is addicted to TV, and you forbid him the TV. This punishment would not work for a child who has never seen a TV in his life. So, taking Adam’s curse as an example, ‘working with labour and toil’ would not work as a punishment if before he ‘would not gain his food with labour and toil’. So this curse would work only if before the curse has been pronounced, Adam would not have known pain or hard work. Therefore, we know that Adam before sinning did not gain his food with ‘labor and toil’. Does this work as well for Eve? How could she know the severity of the punishment of ‘bringing forth children with sorrow’ if she before would bring forth children without sorrow? This would imply that she had children before. Is this true?
And if the dominance of the man over the woman is a consequence of sin, then before that she wasn’t ‘dominated’ (in order to know that it actually is a punishment)? If she wouldn’t have been ‘undominated’ before, then she wouldn’t know how bad it is to be ‘dominated’. If she always was ‘dominated’ by man, then being dominated now wouldn’t be a curse, since she was always like this. This would apply to giving birth as well. Did she have other children before sinning? It sounds logical to me because she had to know how it is to give life without pain, in order to realize how bad it is to give birth with pain. I am confused. Was Cain the first child or were others before? If there were, what happened to them?
note: all this occurred to me recently while I was reading the Bible