Monday, July 7, 2014

My Explanation of Cain Being Sent to the Land of Nod

One of my relatives put on my FB page that there were no other people in "The Land of Nod" and that it did not say Cain lived there in the Bible. 
This is my answer.  I wrote it quickly, but if it is confusing in parts, that is because any justification for the story is confusing! 
You are right that Genesis 4:16 says Cain "dwelt in the land of Nod."  Of course, some versions of the Bible do not say "dwelt" but say "settled" in the land of Nod, which makes it sound even more like Cain stayed
there. (I am answering as if I am taking the Bible’s words seriously.)
The only problem with Genesis 4:16, about Cain living in the land of Nod, is that it is followed by Genesis 4:17, which starts out with the word, “And” as if it is a continuation. “And Cain “knew” his wife and she conceived, and bore Enoch, and he builded a city, and called the name of the city after the name of his son Enoch.” So, after going to the land of Nod, a woman was around and of birthing age, and Cain had many people around to build a city.
Some apologists say that Adam and Eve were not the first people on earth. Others simply say that Adam and Eve lived a long time and Eve had daughters who simply were not mentioned. But there is a problem with that: If you follow the story in Genesis, a lot of things happened after Cain left and before Eve had another son, Seth, in Genesis 4:25. No daughters were mentioned for Eve, yet later on, daughters of Enoch’s descendents are mentioned, so the most logical reason Eve’s daughters are not mentioned is that she did not have any, at least up to this point!
Adam was 130 when he had his third child, Seth. Therefore, if Adam and Eve were the first people, when Cain left, there was only Adam, Eve and Cain in the world for a long time, until Eve gave birth to Seth, because Cain was not around and no one else was around to impregnate Eve and they had to wait 130 years before Eve had another child (Seth).
I hope this is not getting too confusing!
Let’s backtrack on the story a bit. In Genesis 4:9. God says, “Cain, where is Abel? What have you done? I can smell blood under the ground.” God apparently does not know that Cain killed Abel. God is supposed to know all, but has to ask questions? But Apologists will say that God is just giving Cain a chance to fess up.
God said Cain will be a vagabond and fugitive for life wandering (Nod means wander) as punishment for killing Abel, so he is not coming back to the Garden of Eden to mate with Eve. Interestingly, before starting out for his wandering life, Cain told God he was afraid he would be killed by everyone he met. This seems to mean there were people out there, but apologists who subscribe to Adam and Eve being the first people claim that “Adam lived to 930 years and he and Eve populated the world. Poor first women in the world, having to give birth over and over! (In reality, half of the babies born died back then from horrid diseases, and the actual life span of men was about 27 years.)
As a solution to Cain being killed by all those people he would meet in Nod, God put a mark on Cain so that anyone who killed Cain would receive 7 times the punishment (notice God did not protect Cain from dying – he only punished those who killed). Apologists will say that Cain and God were talking about the future, and that’s why they talked about “everyone killing him.” There are an awful lot of excuses that have to be made to make this story make any sense at all! (With Founder's Effect, it still does not make any sense.)
Such a convoluted and confusing story should not be how “inspired writing by God” should turn out!

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