Religious Literature

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Religious Literature

What year did Edgar A Guest write the poem I'd Rather See a Sermon?


Books and Literature
New Testament
Religious Literature

In The Satanic Verses who or what does Ellowen Deeowen mean?


Old Testament
Religious Literature

What does INRI mean on the christian cross?

Recall that the cross had a heading naming Jesus "King of the Jews." The letters are an abbreviation for the Latin"Iesus Nazarae Rex Iudeae", or, in English, "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews." (Keep in mind that all Roman punishments prior to Diocletian's tetrarchy, and just after Constantine's reunification were and would have been in the adopted state language of Latin, rather than the common languages of the realm, like Greek and Aramaic.)

Religious Literature
The Twilight Saga

How many copies of The God Delusion have been sold?


According to Wikipedia...

As of November 2009, the English version of The God Delusion had sold over 8.5 million copies and had been translated into 34 other languages.[4]It was ranked #2 on the bestsellers' list in November 2006.[5][6] In early December 2006, it reached #4 in the New York TimesHardcover Nonfiction Best Seller list after nine weeks on the list.[7] It remained on the list for 51 weeks until 30 September 2007.[8] It has attracted widespread commentary, with several books written in response.

Religious Literature
Literature Classics

What is the public view of Hester's sin?

starts out as a mark of shame..but turns into honor

Books and Literature
Authors, Poets, and Playwrights
Religious Literature

What is the correct order for the left behind series books?

#1-Left Behind

#2-Tribulation Force


#4-Soul Harvest



#7-The Indwelling

#8-The Mark


#10-The Remnant


#12-Glorious Appearing

#13-Kingdom Come

Religious Literature

What are the superstitious beliefs about the day and night?

it is because the cause cause of this cause is cause

Quran (Koran)
Religious Literature
Adam and Eve

How did Adam and Eve's children have their own children?

The following are opinions from contributors:Opinion (Christian Perspective)They could have offspring with each other without genetic problems because the first few children were perfect and did not have any problems with their DNA. It was not uncommon during those times for brothers and sisters to marry and have children as did cousins. It was only later that incestuous marriages were forbidden. Even Abraham and Sarah were half siblings, having the same father but different mothers.

In those times, man lived to be very old, so there were plenty of years to have lots of children. Also, sin was not around as long and had not taken the toll on man that it has today, and being inbred did not cause the birth defects that it causes today. The world was young and not so defiled. People don't keep in mind that it was a different time, and things that they think couldn't be, actually could.

The statement that children of Adam and Eve married each other usually provokes a further objection that God would not permit incest. In modern times, incest is regarded as reprehensible, and rightly so. This is because of what scientists refer to as 'the genetic load'. This 'load' is the accumulation of bad mutations during the centuries. Fortunately for us, the genetic effect of these mutations is usually recessive. It remains latent, unless both parents carry the particular recessive genes. In that case, the offspring has a significant chance to exhibit the defect. The more closely the parents are related, the greater the risk of carrying matching recessive bad mutations from 'the genetic load'.

In summary, Adam and Eve were bodily perfect. in the early stages of the human race, there was virtually no 'genetic load', so when the offspring intermarried, there was no genetic risk to their children. Opinion (Christian Perspective)An alternative answer is that there could have been other people created after Adam and Eve, the creation of whom is not mentioned in the Bible. This does not contradict what is said in Genesis.

A further alternative acceptable to many (non-fundamentalist) Christians is that the Adam and Eve story is an allegory about Mankind's fall from grace and that (inter alia) this aspect is not meant to be taken literally.
Opinion (Islamic Perspective)Regarding the Islamic view of this question: Adam was created from mud; Allah ("God") caught a piece of mud from every place in the earth, and Adam was created from a collection of these different types of mud.

Eve gave birth to twins at a time, a male and a female; the male is prohibited to marry his female twin, but not his brother's twin; since Adam was created from different materials, carrying the genes of all humankind races, his children differed in their characteristics, too, i.e. each twin had specific characteristics different from the other. Opinion (Islamic Perspective)Adam was not the first man, he was the first prophet. The word "Adam" in the Quran can refer to all life on the Earth. He was among many humans so he was able to reproduce like a human being. Islam will not contradict science on such a simple topic of reproduction because it is foolish to think Adam would live 1000 years or that he was the first human created.
Opinion (Scientific Perspective)Examination of the DNA of living and dead humans and archaeological and paleontological evidence shows that humans have been on Earth much longer than suggested by the genealogical information given in the Bible. According to National Geographic Magazine, Homo erectus evolved 1.7 million years ago. Homo sapiens (modern humans) go back as far back as 100,000- 150,000 thousand years ago. This contradicts the belief of fundamentalist Abrahamic religions that Adam and Eve were the first two Human Beings.

Opinion (Christian Perspective)Genesis 1:27 says God made other people. They married other people. No incest. It is written on the sixth day God made male and female. Adam and Eve were different from the other humans. God had a plan for them but they did not commit incest.

Opinion (Christian Perspective)Although it is true that the Bible doesn't say that Seth (one of Adam and Eve's sons) married his sister in order to "be fruitful and multiply," I think that it would make more sense to believe he did, than to believe that God made several couples all at once just to avoid them committing incest. As the first answer suggests, brothers and sisters marrying would not have been a problem in the first few centuries of mankind's history. People's vitality was a lot stronger back then, as indicated by their much longer lifespans which dropped considerably after the flood of Noah's time which caused the breakup of the protective canopy surrounding the earth when the floodgates were opened. Many creation scientists believe the watery canopy, prior to the flood, was shielding everyone from the harmful effects of the sun and created a better atmosphere allowing for more life giving oxygen to be available to sustain health. After the flood, you don't read of anyone living hundreds of years, which is probably why there were more health laws given then, such as prohibiting marrying within one's household, since if you lived subsequent to the breakup of the protective canopy you would be susceptible to a lot more diseases than before.

Some would say that Adam & Eve were not the only first parents, that on the 6th day God created many couples besides them. But, if that were the case, there would be too many verses of Scripture that wouldn't make sense. For example, Romans 5:12 says "Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men." And 1 Corinthians 15:22 says who that one man is: "For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive." How could we all be said to inherit death from Adam unless everyone could trace his ancestry to him and not another?

And, Adam and Eve were not figurative of all the couples God supposedly created from the earth. If you hold the Bible to be true, then Adam was "the first man" (see 1 Corinthians 15:45) and since he is listed in the genealogy of Jesus (see Luke 3:38), we can know he and Eve were real and not a myth. Two of their grandchildren's names are listed for us as Enosh (a son of Seth) and Irad (a son of Cain). I believe there is no problem with saying that the mothers of Enosh and Irad were the daughters of Adam and Eve.

The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. (Genesis 5:4-5)

Opinion (Christian Perspective)Although it is not clearly state in the bible that the children of Adam and Eve married each other and had children there is scripture that shows that Adam and Eve were the first man and woman created. Although in Genesis 1:27 it says that God created man on the 6th day, later in Genesis 2:7 God created Adam and in Genesis 2:18 it goes on to say "Then the Lord said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him." Through these scriptures it appears clear to me that Adam was alone making him the first being on earth and that Eve who was subsequently created by God for Adam, was the second being on earth.

If Adam and Eve were the first people on the earth, then their children had to of married each other and furthermore have children with one another.
New Testament
Old Testament
Religious Literature

List all books in old testament in order?









1 Samuel

2 Samuel

1 Kings

2 Kings

1 Chronicles

2 Chronicles










The Song of Solomon





















1 maccabees

2 maccabees

Religious Literature
Soulja Boy
Naruto Shippuden

What is the name for a person who decorates dead bodies?

sasori of the red sand

Religious Literature

What religion was Sister Juana Ines De La Cruz?


Religious Literature
Literature Classics
Epic of Gilgamesh

What happened to Gilgamesh at the end of the book The Epic of Gilgamesh?

He/she died

Religious Literature

Where are Sikhs usually from?


New Testament
Religious Literature

Acts of the apostles who is recorded as the first martyr?

Acts 12:2 records the first martyr of the Twelve Apostles, with the death of James, the son of Alphaeus, who was the brother of John, son of Zebedee.

Ref: Deut. 13:6 Matt. 13:55. Mark 6:3. John 19:26/27.

Explanatory: Designated sons of the same mother are brothers. The Lord's brother by kin, James, was murdered here.

Continuity of the Acts, and other Holy Bible MSS has the Lord's merited spiritual brother, James the Just, the son of Zebedee - the other Apostle of the Twelve named James - existing .

Ref: Ignatius to John . The Assumption of the The Virgin. Gal:2:9.

Religion & Spirituality
Religious Literature

What it means to pray through by E J Dabney?

Praying through has been giving many meanings. Some are more complicated than others. Here is an answer applicable to born again Christians. Many of the old time people, (Pentecostals or those with a charismatic background), used to pray through. It involved earnest prayer to God and seeking Him. And as the title suggest it means praying through or past some spiritual barrier. This barrier in most cases is a state of backsliddeness but can also be some other condition. Maybe you feel that your prayers are not heard, you have a problem you should not struggle with or you do not feel Gods peace or the presence of the Holy Spirit. In such conditions the person goes into prayer and pray through a problem until he/she feels peace, Gods closeness, the presence of the Spirit or get the answer or peace to a specific problem prayed for. This type of prayer usually is but does not have to be accompanied by fasting.

Authors, Poets, and Playwrights
Religious Literature

How is The Crucible by Arthur Miller different to all of arthur millers other plays?

cos hes too cool for school.

Quran (Koran)
Religious Literature
Prophet Muhammad

What are the responsibilities of a caliph?

To rule by Shariaa "Islam law"

Religious Literature

What positive action does the 5th commandment call us to do?

it calls us to love and be faithful to everyone even if we do not care for them as much and feel like killing someone. it teaches us to walk away and well simply just to love or at lest like the people that we can not stand being around.

Religion & Spirituality
Religious Literature

What religion endorses the eightfold path?

The eightfold path is a central concept in Buddhism. The eightfold path consists of right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right meditation. Buddhism teaches that desire causes all suffering in the world, and that the eightfold path is the way to cease suffering.

Quran (Koran)
Religious Literature
Adam and Eve

Were Adam and Eve's children incestuous?

Other opinions from contributors:

No they weren't, Eve gave birth -each time- to twins: a male and a female. So, she gave birth first to Cain (Qaabeel) and his sister 'Iqleemaa' then Abel (Haabeel) and his sister 'Labodaa'.

Opinion: If the Bible is read literally (which it ought to be because if God didn't literally create us, love us and die for us, then the Bible doesn't help us at all), Adam and Eve are the only two humans, so yes their children did have to commit incest to continue growing the population. Adam lived over 900 years and had many, many children one can assume (be fruitful and multiply and all that). Even his children could have had children! This means that by the time Cain leaves he may have had a number of relatives, and the fact that a woman left with him seems very plausible. Long lifespans create the possibility for population explosions unlike anything we can imagine.

The fact that God used incest is not necessarily a contradiction to the law he later gives not to do it. If Adam and Eve were created to live forever (death entered the world for them after sin) then they would be thought to have perfect genetic compositions. If that is the case incest wouldn't be of any harm. Only later, after sin and disease and bad recessive genes come about would incest be capable of hurting the offspring. Exactly how long would it take before people could be harmed by incest? I would guess right around the time God forbade it to his people. A similar thing was done when God told the Israelites not to eat pork, as pork was hard to cook properly and made many people sick. Later, Jesus says that he fulfills that portion of the law and we can eat pork now that it was being cooked in a way that is not harmful. God watches out for us with his Word, its one way he shows he loves us.


It is not really true. The biblical story of Adam and Eve is considered by some to be mythical, and was not intended to be analysed too carefully. Our true early ancestors arose in Africa hundreds of thousand of years ago.

Opinion: If you hold the Bible to be true, then Adam was the first man (see 1 Corinthians 15:45) and since he is listed in the geneology of Jesus (see Luke 3:38), we can assume he is not mythical. That being the case, then yes, Adam and Eve's grandchildren would be the product of their sons and daughters marrying, which today would be considered incestuous, but back then it was not since the laws were different at that time, because early on there were no genetic defects to worry about. How else could mankind fulfill the command to be fruitful and multiply? (Gen. 1:28)


Notice that it states in the Bible that "...Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch." (Gen. 4:16-17)

Now, how can there be a city if there are no people to live in it other than one man, his wife and their son? One household a city does not make. How could it be possible that there were no others in the world when Adam, Eve and their two sons, Cain and Abel, were driven from the Garden of Eden -- yet Cain finds his wife, who he "knew" before Eve gave birth to another child (Gen. 4:25)?

Well, the answer may lie in this: "And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose." (Gen. 6:1-2)

It seems the Garden of Eden was not the only place where people lived. Yet, strangely, the Bible never reveals exactly where the wives of Cain, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, etc, etc, etc, actually came from. If the wives of Cain and Seth were the daughters of Adam and Eve, why not say so, instead of saying "the sons of God took the daughters of men as their wives"? So far, the only clue is that Cain ended up in the land of Nod, where he "knew his wife". But there is at least one more clue, and it occurs before Adam and Eve "know" each other again.

"And Cain said unto the Lord, 'My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, Thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from Thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me'. And the Lord said unto him, 'Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.' And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him." (Gen. 4:13-15)

The final clue is the fact that there is always such genetic mutation within three generations of the type of incest which must have been occurring between Adam's sons and his daughters. Therefore, had all humans alive today actually descended directly from Adam and Eve, we would all have severe mental and physical disabilities, all 6.8 Billion of us on this planet we call Earth (Office of Population Research, Princeton University) -- unless the Scientifically proven fact that such genetic mutations are the direct result of father-daughter/mother-son incest is something which came about only after the time of Adam and Eve. If that is the case, one has to wonder why the resulting mutation is not mentioned in the Bible as some form of punishment, as the suffering through the sweat of the brow is. (Gen. 3:17-19)

Given all the Scientific facts, and the clues provided in the Bible, as well as using logical reasoning, it can not be true that Adam and Eve's grandchildren were really the product of incest.


This issue is only one of many contradictions in the Bible. There are only two possible explanations. Either Adam and Eve and their children had incestuous relationships in order to procreate, or, the creation story whereby a god created the first two humans on Earth is not true. Of course, that casts doubt on the basic Christian belief that a god created the first "marriage" and that it was between a man and a woman.

The contradictions in the Bible, especially this issue regarding Adam and Eve and the human race, provide compelling evidence that it was compiled as a collection of creation myths, moral lessons and monotheistic religious teachings written and rewritten by many authors over a very long period of time.

Religious Literature

Which surname in uttar pradesh belong to chamar cast?

gautam, singh, sankhwar, kuril, dohre, jatav [its also used by other caste peoples], lal, chandra, prasad, and many more

Jehovah's Witnesses
Religious Literature

How do the Jehovah's witnesses view red ribbon?

If you mean red ribbon as related to Aids Awareness then Witnesses try to take no part in anything viewed as a political, religious or social protest or solidarity with similar positions.

Old Testament
Bible Statistics and History
Religious Literature
King David

Which Psalms were written by David?

According to tradition, King David gave us the Book of Psalms. Seventy-three of the 150 bear his name, and tradition states that the unattributed ones are also from him (Talmud, Berakhot 9b).

Concerning those Psalms that have the names of other authors, tradition teaches that we may thank David for them too (Talmud, Bava Bathra 14b). This is because it was he who recorded them in their permanent form and in a single book. If not for King David, those Psalms would have gone lost.

See also:

Psalm 23

The purpose of the Psalms

The Bible
Religious Literature

How was the earth created?

Earth was created by the big bang that made the tiny grains of matter stick to each other by static electricity. Then those grains grew to half a mile, then it had enough gravity to attract it's own sand. All of these huge asteroids collided with each other until earth is formed. There is tiny droplets of water in the asteroids, which will explain the world's oceans. There are also amino acids in the asteroids, the building block of life. Also there is cyanobacteria that produces oxygen as a byproduct of sun. So this is how the earth is created. BTW the moon is created by the same process but when a mars size planet collided into earth, causing the process with the moon. PS there are heaver metals in the center of the earth because earth even once melted itself with all the heat and asteroids colliding with it. So the denser materials sunk while the lighter once rose. This also explains why there is almost no iron or nickel on the moon, because that huge planet hit earth at an angle, it is no longer straight.

Answer 2

I believe in God, but the big bang theory works too, I guess.
God created it.

Religious Literature
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Literature Classics

How did Fili and Kili die in 'The Hobbit'?

They died protecting their uncle, Thorin Oakenshield.


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