Adam and Eve

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Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative

Understanding the sequence of the creation of human beings is vital.

1. On Day 6, Man was created. Adam is Hebrew for man (Gen 2:7).

2. God puts Adam into the Garden of Eden and prohibits eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 2:15-17).

Adam and Eve

3. "It is not good for Man to be alone" (Gen 2:18).

4. Woman was created from Adam, but created for Adam (Gen 2:20-22).

5. Adam names her Woman (Gen 2:23).

Adam was given the responsibility of teaching Eve God's word, and his presence, when Eve took the fruit, illustrated his spectacular failure (Gen 3:6).

Because she did not know God's word well enough, Eve was deceived into believing that the forbidden fruit would "open her eyes" and she would "be like God." This desire altered her view of the tree as "good for food" and "a delight to the eyes," and the attractive portrayal of the tree, enticed her to eat the forbidden fruit and fulfill her desire to "be like God".

The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. (Gen 3:5-6)

Having eaten the fruit and hearing God approaching, Adam and Eve hid from the presence of God (Gen 3:8)

While sin describes doing wrong in the sight of God, guilt is strongly associated and, in some instances, synonymous with it. Guilt implies criminal responsibility in a court of law; in God's court of law, the accused is guilty before the law.

The Bible does not present sin as a singular event; sin encompasses the thought, its commission, and divine evaluation. And at an appropriate time in the future, God renders judgment of it.

However, God is not just about the legal forensics of sin, He is patient and seeks those who are contrite "not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance" (2 Pet 3:9).

To learn more, see:

Sin implies Guilt

Series: The Doctrine on Hamartiology
The First Sin

Series: The Doctrine on Hamartiology
Cain and Abel

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