Adam and Eve The Bible Story

Adam and Eve in the Garden
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Could Things Have Been Different?

Eve woke to a beautiful morning with the birds singing, the bees buzzing and the flowers blooming. Her life was perfect because she lived in the beautiful garden with Adam her perfect mate. She knew she was blessed. God provided well for her and Adam. They could talk and see God anytime they wanted.

I wonder if Adam is hungry. I'll just go pick some fruit for us. Should we have apples or something else?

What was the serpent doing here? His skin shined in the sun.

"Eve, does God let you eat any fruit you want?" The serpent asked.

"Well yes. We can eat anything we want. The only tree we can't eat from is the The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, because God says we shall surely die if we do."

"Oh, God is just holding out on you. He doesn't want you to be as smart as he is. Don't you want to be like God? You'll be wise and know everything. You won't surely die"

Hmm. I wonder why God won't let us eat from that tree. Doesn't he want us to be wise? I'd like to be like God, Eve thought. Then I could be powerful and know everything. I wonder why he's hiding this secret from us.

Eve ate from the tree and there wasn't anything wrong with the apple. I'm going to share the fruit with Adam. Then we will both be wise like God.

"Adam, look what I have. The serpent says these apples will make us like God. Here take a bite." Adam wanted to please Eve and the apple did look good. As he bit into the apple he could taste the sweet juicy fruit. It was good.

"Eve, we disobeyed God. Do you feel any wiser? I just feel guilty. We'd better cover ourselves. We don't want God to see us like this."

They both hurriedly covered themselves with leaves and hid. What was God going to say? Oh why did they eat the fruit?

Adam heard God in the Garden. What was he going to say to him? God said they would surely die if they ate the fruit. What is he going to say to us or worse yet, what was he going to do to us?

"Adam, why did you cover your body?" God said."Did you eat from the tree that I told you not to eat from?"

"Eve gave me the apple." Adam explained.

"Eve why did you do this?"

"The serpent tricked me into eating it."

Both Adam and Eve blamed their disobedience on someone else. What if Adam had said I'm sorry Lord, instead of blaming it on Eve? What if Eve had said the same instead of blaming it on the serpent? Would God have just forgiven them?

Somehow I doubt that it would have been the end of it. Eventually they would have sinned again and again. It is man's nature to want what isn't good for them.

Eve let the Serpent (Satan in disguise) tempt her into wanting more than she already had. Eve had everything already, but she still wanted more. Have you ever wanted more when you already had what you needed? I think everyone has done this at one time or another. Most of us have purchased silly things and then regretted it later or we've wanted a position of power that we would have been better off without.

Adam let Eve tempt him and instead of thinking about God, he thought about Eve. Have you ever had a mate that led you away from God? You wanted this person so badly that you didn't care.

Adam and Eve blaming others for their sin reminds me of my kids when they were growing up. Rather than take their own blame, they would point out what the other one did. Sometimes we adults do the same thing, but instead of blaming someone else we make excuses for ourselves. When we've messed things up we need to just admit to ourselves and to God that we've went wrong.

Something else to wonder about is why Eve wasn't frightened when the serpent talked to her. None of the other animals were able to talk. Think about if you were out in your backyard and suddenly you came upon a snake and he talked. I'd be terrified and run as away as fast as I could. It must have been his beauty that mesmerized her.

Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden. Now man would work hard for a living and women would suffer in childbirth. Both Adam and Eve were now spiritually dead and their bodies would wear out and they would die.

Was it Adam's fault or Eve's? It doesn't really make a difference. "Each of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God." It is just as much our fault that life is as it is.

In Genesis 3:15, God promised a Savior. Each of us needs to be saved from our sins and not one of us would have done any better than Adam and Eve did. God in his love for us offered a Savior and all we need to do is accept him and repent of our sins to see Heaven.







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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

Interesting hub, Barbara Kay!

I do think that we have to admit that placing blame on someone else's shoulders does not erase the sin itself.

I do believe that none of us would have done any better than Adam and Eve did.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

North Wind, Thanks for visiting. I think blaming someone else is something everyone is guilty of at sometime or another.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Sure it could have been different because Adam, Eve and the serpent all had freewill. Just like we do now. Today's society plays the blame game perfectly. I hear all the time, "It is because i was abused as a child" or "I have an addictive personality" or a thousand other excuses. Ultimately it is what we choose to do with the present that shapes our future.

I liked you Hub very much. Regards, Hyphenbird.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Hyphenbird, Thanks for commenting. I agree, the blame game almost seems to be man's nature and they shouldn't do it.


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Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

I agree, the blame game comes pretty naturally to us. It's much harder to face up to reality and admit we, ugh, were wrong.


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Barbara Kay,

When you wonder had they not blamed others if things might have fallen out differently and then add "Eventually they would have sinned again and again. It is man's nature to want what isn't good for them" I must remind you, it's only man's nature to want what isn't good for us because of that choice of Adam and Eve . . . it was their disobedience and so expulsion for the garden that corrupted our nature so as to want what is not good for us.

When Adam asks "Do you feel any wiser? I just feel guilty" it reminds us that the forbidden tree was not the tree of knowledge (that might make one wise), but was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (that might make one feel guilty) . . . as they disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit, they gained the knowledge of good and evil - prior to the original sin, they knew nothing of evil.

The part of their story that always gives me pause, is the killing of the beast to make a covering for them. The Scripture gives us no reason to think Adam & Eve had any concept of death, there is no reason they would ever have seem anything living die. I picture them going over to the dead creature, poking it, befuddled like children, slowing recognizing lifelessness, coming face-to-face with death - and realizing it was because of them.


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Hyphenbird,

If you assert that "Adam, Eve and the serpent all had freewill. Just like we do now" then we have to ask ourselves 'well then, what exactly changed about our nature?'. God created Adam & Eve free will creatures, beings that could make unhindered and uncoerced volitional choices - and they fell from their created state, our nature is not just as theirs was anymore . . . we must then honestly ask ourselves 'is our will, in fact, free?'


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Cathleena and Mickey Sr, Thanks for your thoughtful comments.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Hello MickeySr. Yes it is indeed free. No one forces us to make the spiritual choices we do, it is a conscious and free acknowledgment to accept Christ or refute Him. We, through His blood sacrifice, are redeemed back into that state of relationship with God.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I strongly believe that if Eve did not give in to the serpent that things would have been different. But God knows everything before it happened so he knew that Adam would fall so he made preparation for the fall of man by sending his son. God gave us free will and that free will is what keeps getting us in trouble.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Cardisa, Thanks again for visiting one of my hubs. Yes, I agree that Adam and Eve were born with a free will too and yes that is what keeps getting us in trouble.


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Hyphenbird,

I agree that, even after the corruption to our nature brought about through the fall and expulsion from the garden, we still have 'free will' in the sense that "No one forces us to make the spiritual choices we do", as in, no external person or force restricts or compels us . . . we are not prohibited or forced by Satan, God, angels, etc, to trust in Jesus nor to reject Him.

But is our will 'free' in the same sense that Adam & Eve's wills were free, is our will 'free' as when God breathed into man and he became a living soul? Nothing external forces or restricts our choices, but, Scripture is clear that at the very core of our nature we are slaves, and that we cannot resist sin, that our corrupted nature compels us to sin. Adam and Eve, who God created with free will, were not in such a state - when they did sin and disobeyed God it wasn't because they couldn't resist, it wasn't because they were compelled, it was a deliberate volitional choice.

I have the 'free' will to finish this sentence, or to pause and take a drink of my coffee, or to delete this and not finish it at all - but do I have the 'free' will to never ever sin, to do and think everything perfectly in accord with God's divine law of love? Something happened to human nature as a result of the fall, we have been corrupted from the way God made us . . . according to Scripture, one thing that is now different is, our wills are not so 'free' as we prefer to imagine.


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ignugent17 5 years ago

Yes, beautiful hub Barbara kay! I too wonder what will be the situation if Eve and Adam did not eat the fruit. I am just glad that God promised a savior. Thanks for reminding me of the great Love of God for all of us.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Hello MickeySr. I am not one to highjack another person's Hub or to argue. I stated my knowledge and you your feelings about this matter. Read the Bible and pray for wisdom and insight about this matter. Joy in Jesus, Hyphenbird.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

ignugent17, Thanks for reading the hub and commenting.


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Hyphenbird,

I'm very sorry if our conversation has distressed or offended you in any way - that was not at all my intention. And, Barbara Kay, I'm sorry if you feel your Hub has been 'hijacked', that as well was not at all my intention. I know I can tend to get a bit wordy and that I can delight to pursue an idea with a disposition uncluttered by emotional notions of contention or belligerence, and that sometimes encourages me to go on longer than others have an interest to do . . . if that made my comments here appear to anyone as though I was 'hijacking' your Hub, again, I'm very sorry.

Hyphenbird, I will only offer this response to your suggestion that I my understanding comes from my feelings and is not informed by Scripture - read Paul's letter to the Romans, about chapters 3 - 7, which begin with "None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God" and ends with "I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?".

As I said, "Scripture is clear that at the very core of our nature we are slaves, and that we cannot resist sin, that our corrupted nature compels us to sin. Adam and Eve, who God created with free will, were not in such a state" . . . this is not a feeling I have that, were I to study the Bible more than I do, would get 'fixed' - this is what the Bible clearly presents as the truth, and, furthermore, it is the historic Christian faith, it is was the church has always recognized and taught as part of the gospel message.

Man may have 'free will' in some sense, but we are no longer just as God created us, there was a fall from our innocent state and that fall had real consequence. That's why we need to be saved, that's why we cannot save ourselves, that's why Jesus had to do it for us and gives salvation to us as a gift - man's will is not so 'free' that we can just choose to start obeying God, we cannot choose to do anything that God counts as worthy of His forgiveness and blessing, we are slaves to sin and unless God determines to save us we are without hope. That's why the Scripture tells us that when Jesus makes us free, we will then be free indeed, like, really and actually free for the first time, as in, we're not as free as we prefer to imagine ourselves now.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Hyphenbird, I don't feel that my hub has been hijacked, but if you feel that strongly about the subject, you should write a hub about it.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Hi Barbara. I have just seen people get into a back and forth and it clutters up the original Hubber's content and before long others avoid the Hub. Also I believe arguing is a distraction and a time waster. My life plan from God is too valuable for that. Thanks so much for your kindness.


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Barbara Kay,

I very much appreciate your generous spirit on this. To me, ideas are just about always worth our thoughtful and thorough attention, especially so when they are significant ideas with profound consequence.

I recognize that such a thorough consideration is not always welcomed by all and that there is, reasonably, a proper time and place for everything - but the fact that you published this hub seems to me to suggest an openness, even an invitation, to examine the ideas presented, and I didn't think the comments that I shared were detached from the the ideas you presented or so voluminous so as to be properly counted as a 'hijacking' of your hub.

That is my own perception of my participation here, and so again, I very much appreciate your generous spirit on this. My hope is that Hyphenbird understands that I was not interested to argue with her nor to hijack your hub, that perhaps "argue" & "hijack" did not accurately represent her own perception - I hope she recognizes I was only interested to examine an idea and that distressing anybody in any way was just not at all what was on my mind.


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Hyphenbird,

"people get into a back and forth and it clutters up the original Hubber's content" - I can understand that, and so, while dealing with big, weighty matters, I did try to keep my comments pointed and brief.

"arguing is a distraction and a time waster" - perhaps because I was, in fact, trying to keep my comments brief, and therefore, pointed, I may have appeared argumentative when in truth that was not at all my disposition.

I do think some folks often count as 'arguing' was is really a forthright and deliberate examination of an idea . . . just wanting to 'prove' yourself 'right' is a distraction and a time waster - honestly and thoughtfully examining an idea, including (almost especially) considering another's view that is not our own, is exactly what Christians should be attentive to and is never a time waster.

The same Holy Spirit who teaches you also teaches me and other believers, it is foolish for us to neglect what God has taught those He causes to cross our path.


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sonfollowers 5 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

There's nothing wrong with discussion, folks. To discuss and share opinions is a wonderful thing. People actually grow and learn that way. When we don't believe we could possibly learn anything from those around us, that's when the discussions become pointless. But then that would be pride, wouldn't it? I definitely think we should draw the line at disrespectful, antagonistic speech but to discuss and disagree is not the same thing as arguing and fighting. Come to my hubs and discuss all you want. It's not hijacking. In fact, to be honest, Barbara Kay benefits from all the discussion in terms of her hub scores. Nothing wrong with that.

MickeySr, interesting comments. I do agree that Paul teaches that we are slaves to sin without Christ. With Christ, we have the power to say no to sin when temptations come. I also agree that it was that first sin that created the sin nature in us. Otherwise, they would have just eaten the fruit and Satan's involvement wouldn't have been necessary. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Kay, very interesting hub. :)


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks sonfollowers and yes I agree. It just gives more content to my hub.


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MickeySr 5 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

sonfollowers > "I also agree that it was that first sin that created the sin nature in us" - actually, that's just what my own most recent Hub considered. And, I do understand Hyphenbird's concern, if an ongoing back-and-forth discussion in the 'comments' section alters the course of the subject of the actual Hub, that seems undesirable and could reasonably perceived as 'hijacking' the Hub.

However, if what you're discussing is 'free will' in the 'comments' section of a Hub titled "Could Things Have Been Different? Adam and Eve The Bible Story", not 'Here's what happened With Adam & Eve' or 'The Events of The Bible Story', etc, but "Could Things Have Been Different? . . . " then the idea of man's 'free will' seems to me exactly pertinent and very appropriate to discuss.

Again, I think some folks just approach discussion of a disagreement as a friendly opportunity to learn (not necessarily to change your mind or change the other guy's mind, just to learn)and some folks just approach discussion of a disagreement as a confrontational argument that requires a victor and a vanquished . . . and they (understandably) see that as unpleasant.

I just love to examine ideas and to share our understanding.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

nneez-itsa, Thanks for the interesting comments. I've read before about Lilith, but I'm not sure at this point what I really think about that. It would explain the wives that the sons later married and where they came from besides just being their sisters.

I've heard before that the apple just meant a type of fruit. It would help if the entire story wasn't quite so sketchy and left us guessing about some of the details.


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

Free Will is cause and effect, simple as that. God made us perfect and we never fell anywhere we just became more knowledgable to what we create and the results that are of that creation weather it be a thought or a deed, good or bad. When things go right about it all then we blame God for it, when it is not the result we thought was going to come than we blame Satan.

The fruit was not an Apple either because Apples didn't grow in the region thought to be Eden. Figs did. I also wrote a hub about this http://ladyguinevere.hubpages.com/hub/Closed-Lost-...


nneez-itsa 5 years ago

Actually Barbara, and again according to Jewish Tradition as written in the ancient Jewish Book of Jubilees, Adam and Eve did have daughters along with another son, Seth, and Cain did in fact marry one of his sisters. It was one of the points in the Old Testament that was taken out based on a decision that was made by the Roman Emperor Constantine I, when he convened the Counsel of Nicaea. The purpose of this counsel was to determine what Gospels were 'worthy of the faithful', and would be included in the first draft of the orginal canon that was to eventually become our current Bible. It was decided then that, as incest was considered a terrible sin, that this particular story would not be included. Whereas it was accepted in Jewish Tradition due to the fact that there were, at that time, no other women on the planet, the counsel found the mere idea to be offensive and therefore should be excluded.

As to what might have been different if Adam and Eve had done things differently, I believe that Adam and Eve most likely desired Gods forgiveness and wished to remain under Gods care in the Garden. However, I think Gods thoughts at that moment, upon hearing of their disobedience, were more akin to what Mr. Spock stated in the last Star Trek movie, "What you want is irrelevant...what you've chosen is at hand!"


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

nneez-itsa, It's funny that they took it out of the story since everyone assumes it anyways. There are other Bible stories that are a bit racy that they left in. Thanks for your knowledge on the subject.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

Lady Guinevere, We all might be better off if we were more naïve. Sin is surrounding our lives so much right now that we are becoming more accepting of it.


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Smokes Angel 5 years ago from Broke Alabama

well neez, I often have heard about Old Jewish text that says all sorts of different things. I believe that what was put together as the Bible today was led by God himself. We also have to keep in mind when we read Old Jewish texts that the Jews were well known to chase after other Gods and therefore all Jewish text isn't right. Let's say you wrote a letter about your beliefs and a thousand years from now it was found. Just because it is ancient doesn't mean it's true.

I think God wants us to read what is given to us and find our salvation in Jesus Christ through it. I believe that arguing about just seperates Christians from one another and gives Satan a chance to work. If Christians are always arguing, then how can they stand up for what is right? Our constant bickering among ourselves is why the atheist has taken over our govt today


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

Do you all read what you write after you write it. Good grief this is just another opportunity to blame others for what we all each of us contributes into. When are we going to be self responsible for what WE cause. Where do you see God or Jesus or eve Satan anywhere doing or hanging around anything? We caused the floods by raping the land clean and not replanting vegetation. The same goes for the hurricanes and the Tsunamies---all what we caused from our past not knowing what we were doing would bring about disaster. We are still doing that and yet most Christians want to blame other or even a god or a Satan or evil when we are the ones that are evil and not by anyone else's help.


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sonfollowers 5 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

In what way do we cause hurricanes? Which tsunamis did man cause? That's a fascinating argument. If you're saying that when sin entered the world through Adam hurricanes subsequently entered the world then I could maybe buy that although the Bible doesn't really address that specifically. Still, that doesn't seem to be what you're saying. I agree that we are each responsible for our own sin. Otherwise, God would not be just in punishing us for it. I'm not sure why you would choose to cite natural disasters as proof of man's wickedness, but I do agree with your overall point. Which comments did you see that were blaming God for our sin? I missed that. I haven't met any Christians who believe that personally.


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onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town

Yes, "if" somethings had been different............

Yes, " if" a frog had wings.........

Yes, "if" each day relished in sunshine

Yes. "if" the rain fell to the earth every day......

YES, if only "if" it were somehow a bit different, a bit more precise, a little bit more perfected, a little bit.....just a little bit more to our will and desire..........yes, IF..........

But , it is not............it is the way that it is.........let each of us deal with the drought, the flood, the disease, the illness, the hunger, the uncaring............

It is not for us to wish " if"..........we, could, each of us, imagine great and grand things.........

it is our mission, to deal with the "way that it is" that is.....let us rise to the occasion. We do not get to vote on the popularity of how it is......it just is.........let us be big enough to rise to the occasion........let us be big enough.


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

I don't think man has caused all disasters. The nature of the world causes many of these things. Man can be punished by God with nature, like the flood. Not all natural disasters are caused by man's sin though.


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AlexineWrites 5 years ago

Barbara, thanks for this message. You brought to light a hard topic!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA Author

AlexineWrites, Thanks for your comment.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Thought provoking! I agree with you, eventually sin would have entered the world. Sometimes I am amazed at how God gave man the freedom of choice but that's what makes him so wonderful. Thanks for the challenge.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

teaches12345, Thanks for visiting. I am amazed that with God knowing are sinful nature that he did still give us freedom of choice.


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Sinbadsailorman 4 years ago from Valparaiso, Indiana

Back to the Question that you first posed would things be different? Yes I believe If Adam and Eve were Not first taught by their choice of Trees. To lust after the Power of GOD as did their Teacher did and does.

That they would have received the gift of the Mercy Seat which is the gift of repentance. Why did they not receive this Gift?

Was it because of the Lords fore warnings? Or was it this desire in their present forms was unrepeatable?

The Unforgivable able Sin is to Sin against the Holy Spirit this in my opinion is why that they would surely die.

As GOD had told them the would. Why? I have written some Hubs as to How I receive and believe the word of GOD through the Good Book and Meditations and asking of the Comforter or so I believe.

Adam and Eve were not Flesh in this Garden until GOD clothe them with It.

Interesting Question nice Hub.

Do you Believe That God is the same today as He was Yesterday and as He will always Be? If so why would incest be okay then as it is not Now?

Spirit bodies could not sin, but could only trespass against GOD and His Creations. Until the Fall which was The tree of Good and Evils doing. The First sin (the Original Sin) was Not to except Repentance. Or disobedience. Which is what Adam and Eve did Not Fully understanding the punishment,because of The Teaching of Satan. Had they not Eat from Satan's Beliefs as that they could all be GODs They would not have sinned, but only trespassed and been allowed to repent in their spiritual GOD given Bodies.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

Sinbadsailorman, You bring up some interesting points. Thanks for commenting.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

This is one story in the Bible that I have yet to personalize, thank you for spurring my interest! The way you've presented this story does make God seem somewhat unfair and I'll have to admit it does seem unfair on its face. Why would God place a seemingly irrestible temptation in front of Adam and Eve and then punish them so severly for disobediance?

All I know now is that God is fair and loving and will most likely reveal this paradox if I seek Him for the answer. But even if He never explains the answer, I won't demand that He does but only continue to truth Him with things I don't understand.


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA Author

wba108, I didn't realize that I presented it in a way that made God seem unfair. Thanks for pointing that out to me, because I didn't mean to do that. I'll have to look at it again. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

There's nothing wrong with leaving some unanswered questions, we all have them! It's our hearts that matter anyway!

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