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If Adam and Eve did not know right from wrong how can they be responsible for disobeying? That is to say how could Eve had know it was wrong for disobeying God?



The Fall
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

  The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

  “Cursed are you above all livestock

  and all wild animals!

You will crawl on your belly

  and you will eat dust

  all the days of your life.

15 And I will put enmity

  between you and the woman,

  and between your offspring[a] and hers;

he will crush[b] your head,

  and you will strike his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,

  “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;

  with painful labor you will give birth to children.

Your desire will be for your husband,

  and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

  “Cursed is the ground because of you;

  through painful toil you will eat food from it

  all the days of your life.

18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,

  and you will eat the plants of the field.

19 By the sweat of your brow

  you will eat your food

until you return to the ground,

  since from it you were taken;

for dust you are

  and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam[c] named his wife Eve,[d] because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

     If Adam and Eve did not know right from wrong how can they be responsible for disobeying? That is to say how could Eve had know it was wrong for disobeying God? By the way, Evangellion is a wonderful anime that explores the “angles” who were allowed to eat from the tree of life.

     What the serpent did separated humankind from God. And remember from Genesis Chapter Two that God is our breath of life. Now we are forever striving to once again be laid out nakedly before God in the absence of humility. Whatever we did from than on it would be in our progression towards regaining unity with The Almighty. God is our creator. God is both Mother and Father. To be dis-joined is to make humankind an orphan at birth. That is my concept of the original sin. That is the reason for humankind’s suffering.

     I also like to make note that God sent a specific division of angle to guard the tree of life. This Cherubim gives evidence to the supper-natural creations God made. Gotta love Catholicism.

 


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Ashley Wickham
01/19/2011 13:35

Good question: "If Adam and Eve did not know right from wrong how can they be responsible for disobeying?"

In my opinion, the tree of knowledge of good and evil was for God to teach them what was good and evil and not for them to decide for themselves. God told them it was wrong to take of it and eat of it (they did it on their own).

I know people are always trying to decide what is good or bad on their own, but I believe only God is good and truly knows what is good. But now we have holy spirit, so we can know by our spirit.

This is still a confusing part of the bible and theologians continue to debate over this. We should talk more about this later.

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