Did Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, have belly buttons?
Did Adam have a belly button? And what about Eve?
Don't ever say we only look at big things on this website. We are about to look at a question that has fascinated Bible-believers for centuries. Did the first man and woman on earth, Adam and Eve, have belly-buttons?
Without wasting time, the answer is simple: No, Adam and Eve did not have belly buttons.
Your belly-button, or navel (or tummy button as some people call it), is evidence that you had a mother.
When you were a tiny, not-yet-born, baby growing inside your mother's tummy, you were attached to her by your umbilical cord. The umbilical cord is an amazing tube that allowed you to get nourishment from your mother and to get rid of waste as you grew.
When you were born, the umbilical cord was removed so you could function on your own. When this happened, it left a sort of scar, which is known as the navel, or belly button.
Adam and Eve had no mother
Adam and Eve, as the first man and woman, had no mother. According to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, God created Adam from the dust of the ground and breathed life into him. He made Eve from one of Adam's ribs, or at least from part of Adam's side.
So neither Adam nor Eve had a mother. Therefore they could not have had the scar on their bellies showing they were born from a mother.
In 1857, two years before the release of Charles Darwin's waffly but influential book, On the Origin of Species, British naturalist Philip Henry Gosse (pictured at left) released a book that touched on this belly-button question from another angle.
Gosse's book was called Omphalos.
In his book, Gosse argued that when God created the world, He would have had to have created it with the appearance of age.
Mountains would “look” old, he reasoned. Trees would be created already functioning — so they would have had growth rings even though they had been created only moments ago.
And, he thought, as Adam and Eve were created as adults, not babies, they would have been created with the appearance of age too. In Gosse's view, they must have had belly buttons even though they were never attached to a mother.
Was the Creator deceptive?
A problem with Gosse's view, and this is why he got little if any support from Christians, is that a belly button on someone who had no mother implies deception on God's part. And the Bible says that it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18).
So despite Philip Gosse's best intentions and respect for the Bible, his idea — theologically — doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
God wouldn't have created trees with growth rings, and he wouldn't have created Adam and Eve with navels.