After the flood Noah's family multiplied and started to settle. [ GEN 8 ] God's intentions were to repopulate the earth. "Bring out with every kind of living creature that is with you --- the bird, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground -- so that they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and in number upon it." [ GEN 8:17 ] "Then God blessed Noah and his son, saying to them, 'Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.'" [ GEN 9:1 ] However the land was good and they gathered in Shinar. [ GEN 11:2 ] Not only did they not scatter as directed, they started to build a tower to the heavens. [ GEN 11:4 ] We are told at this point the people of the whole world spoke one language and a common speech. [ GEN 11:1 ] It is also reasonable to assume they were all of the same race as well. The Lord confused their language [ GEN 11:7 ], which put a halt to their building project, and caused them to scatter all over the earth [ GEN 11:8 ]. It is interesting to note that many root words between common languages today are quite similar. Another amazing fact is that if you trace all the different races and where they migrated from, all seem to have come from the same point: where the first settling was after the flood! One can fathom that the reading and writing of languages was altered along with the verbal confusion. It is also probable that the DNA controlling race was scattered. Just using 4 DNA-bits it is possible to account for the different ethnic varieties in the world today. In the begining there was Adam and Eve, but where did their children, such as Caine get their wives from? Well, we know man was created perfect and lived a very long time. ( Speculation is that the Tree of Life contained a hormone which, among other things, prevented aging; some scientists claim that such a thing is possible, but is impossible to identify the compound necessary to do it. ) Caine most likely married a sister or a first-cusin. While we know people were being born like puppies, there was most likely about a 1,000 individuals on the planet. Statistically, about half would be female, so there were slim pickings. At the flood, the sons of Noah brought their wives with them, so there was still an adaquate enough gean pool available. As we know interbreeding causes serious problems, we need only look at family-royalities who have imbeed to see the effects. This could be what partically accounted for the degereration of man. God put a limit on man's life span to 120 years. [ GEN 6:3 ] We also need to remember that some men had more than one wife, this lessened the impact of genetic damage: "And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife." [ GEN 20:12 ] Eventually inter-family marriages were forbidden. Chapter 20 of Leviticus discusses some really raunchy sexual examples of sins, yet here is one in the list showing it forbidden to marry your sister: "If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either of his father or his mother, and they have sexual relations, it is a disgrace. They must be cut off before the eyes of their people. He has dishonored his sister and will be held responsible." [ LEV 20:17 ]. Verse 20 covers his aunt. Verse 10 his mother. Verse 15 an animal. ..there's more, perhaps this will make you read what's in the Bible and not just take quotations here for granted.
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