Making sense of the Bible: Did Adam and Eve really populate the entire Earth?

The answer is no, but we must first understand the minimum requirements to create a successful human population?
Anthropologist John Moore of the University of Florida thinks the traditional family is the best organization, since it has served us well for a million years.  A ratio of one man to one woman works.  He suggests about 160 people as a minimum number, which allows around ten potential marriage partners.  He bases his population estimate on mathematical modeling and studies of small migrating groups of early humans.
A much smaller initial population is possible with the help of human embryos (and the technology to support in vitro embryogenesis and fetal development).  Just two human females could manage the job, Moore says.  Sperm banks can provide genetic diversity in years to come. 
However, "don't expect human nature to change," Moran says.  "Men and women will still want to pass on their own genes." 
Source: http://wonderquest.com/space-colonization.htm

It is not genetically possible to re-populate the human species with the DNA of only one male and one female. So does this mean the bible is in error, or that God magically infused Adam and Eve with enough diverse genetic material to create billions of people? Nope. There were many other humans on the planet before Adam and Eve. One must understand that Adam and Eve were not the first humans to grace the Earth, they were simply the first to walk with and know God. The passages below give evidence of this.

Genesis -  Chapter 1

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Why the above scriptures are ignored by theologians, I am not sure. But it is clear that God created a race of humans on the 6th day of creation, before he created Adam and Eve.  Lets move ahead to the creation of Adam and Eve and understand their symbolism as the first living humans.

Genesis - Chapter 2

7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 The reason for Adam's creation was to create the first sinless man who had a living holy soul, bringing a form of mankind that was perfect and in contact with God for the very first time. Despite failing to live up to perfection, this was the original purpose of Adam and why he can still be dubbed the first living human. And Adam and Eve would go on to have many descendents, paving the genetic path for Jesus, the most spiritually perfect human of all.

Alternate questions: Did adam and eve give birth to the entire human race? Are adam and even the parents of everyone?

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  1. If Adam and Eve were not the first human beings then why did god have to create the world, animals plants etc?

    Its all a hoax anyway.

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    1. Adam and Eve not being the first humans is inconsequential to God's reasons for creating the Earth. Adam and Eve were simply the catalyst for the lineage of Jesus Christ.

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