On the Scope’s Trial from “Biblical Authority and the Book of Genesis”

Our young people are challenged by skeptics who ask questions that challenge the Bible’s integrity. Questions such as:

  • Where did Cain get his wife?
  • Where did God come from?
  • Where did Cain get his wife?
  • How did Noah get all the animals on the ark?
  • Where did Cain get his wife?
  • Where did the races of people come from?
  • What about dinosaurs?
  • How about carbon dating?
  • Where did Cain get his wife?
  • How about the continental drift?
  • Where did Cain get his wife?
  • What about natural selection?
  • Where did Cain get his wife?

So it goes. By the way, do you get the idea that Cain’s wife is one of the most-asked questions? Interestingly Clarence Darrow asked that question of William Jennings Bryan at the famous Scopes Trial in 1925. Poor Bryan said he didn’t know.

Darrow: Did you ever discover where Cain got his wife?
Bryan: No, Sir; I leave the agnostics to hunt for her.
Darrow: You have never found out?
Bryan: I have never tried to find out.
Darrow: You never tried to find out?
Bryan: No.
Darrow: The Bible says he got one, doesn’t it? Were there other people on the earth at that time?
Bryan: I cannot say.
Darrow: You cannot say. Did that ever enter into your consideration?
Bryan: Never bothered me.
Darrow: There were no others recorded,  but Cain got a wife.
Bryan: That is what the Bible says.
Darrow: Where she came from you do not know?

How can you preach the gospel to someone who asks the question about Cain’s wife but doesn’t get an answer? That question really challenges the Bible’s history. If Christians can’t explain how all people are descendants of Adam and Eve, why will people listen to any other teaching from the Bible? Theologically, if we are not all descendants of one man, Adam, then we have a major problem. Only descendants of Adam can be saved. (1)

(1) From When Christians Roamed the Earth: Is the Bible-Believing Church Headed for Extinction? by Ken Ham, John Morris, Henry Morris, Carl Wieland, Jonathan Henry, and Jack Cuozzo, First Printing, 2001, pages 53-55. Used by permission from the publisher, Master Books, Inc., an imprint of New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc.

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