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Genesis: The Age of Innocence

Updated on December 19, 2017
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Lois is a Christian. She has over 10 years of experience from the military and has worked over 25 years in manufacturing.

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The Old Testament covers four periods of time. They are the Age of Innocence, the Age of Consciousness, the Age of the Patriarchs and the Age of the Prophets.

The first time period, the Age of Innocence, is the shortest time period in the Bible. It ends in the third chapter of the Holy Bible, when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. God took six days to create the world and one day to relax and enjoy his creation. While God created man on the sixth day, the Bible does not specify how long Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden before they disobeyed God.


Genesis Chapter One is the story of the earth’s creation in six days. The things that were created each day were:

  • Day One - Light
  • Day Two - Firmament or Air Spaces
  • Day Three - Dry Land and Plant Life
  • Day Four - Sun, Moon, and Stars
  • Day Five - Birds and Fish
  • Day Six - Animal Life and Man

Genesis 1:9, 11, 14, 20, 24 “And God said…” (KJV).

Genesis 1:31 “And God saw that everything he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (KJV).

All God had to do was speak and things happened. The oceans and the dry lands appeared at God’s words. This was the same with the grass growing and trees that started to yield its fruits. The same goes with the stars and planets that formed in the universe and the animals and birds suddenly showed up in this world. Everything that God wanted appeared even as he was speaking. His creation was completed and everything was good. Since God is bound by his word; he is all honest and truthful. If he stated that his creation was good, then it is true. However, he still needed to have somebody to be in charge in this new world. Therefore, he created man.

Genesis 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.

Genesis 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.


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During the Age of Innocence, Adam and Eve lived in a perfect place-the Garden of Eden. Since this was the age of innocence, nothing went wrong before the fall from sin. All the trees grew perfect fruit. Nothing was rotten. Therefore, Adam and Eve did not have to look for worm-eaten or decaying fruit since nothing died yet. They did not look for weeds or worry about thorns. Everyday was beautiful, it was neither too hot nor too cold. Neither Adam nor Eve did not need to much work during the Age of Innocence. All Adam had to do was, according to Genesis 2:20, was give names to all cattle, birds and wild beasts.

Adam and Eve had a personal fellowship with God. They walked and talked with him on a face to face basis. It is like when you are chatting with your best friend. God was physically present in the garden with his two innocent creations.

The age of innocence did not last a long time. As a matter-of-fact it ended in Chapter Three of Genesis when the Age of Consciousness began, thanks to the serpeant.

Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpant was more subtile than any beast of the field which the Lord had made. And he said unto the woman, yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden” (KJV)?

The serpant is Satan. He deceived the woman into eating the forbidden fruit and passing it on to Adam.


Genesis 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (KJV).

This is where the age of consciousness began. Adam and Eve realized that they were naked and were ashamed. Almost immediately after they ate the fruit, both the man and woman blamed somebody else for why they disobeyed God. It is even true today. When somebody does something that is not right, they either blame somebody else-even if it means lying-or make up a book of excuses.

When Adam and Eve sinned, they became spiritually dead to God. They would no longer live a life of luxury. However as Genesis 3:15 states “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel” (KJV), there is still hope for the world. This verse is the first of the many prophecies of Jesus to come. There will come a time when we can live in the Age of Innocence once again.

Some may wonder what the big deal was when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. “Yes,” you may say, “they disobeyed God. But why the big deal? At least they did not kill somebody.” When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they sinned. While this may seem like a minor offense compared to murder, they opened the door to disaster. Sin did not exist in the Garden of Eden. Take a look at all the murder, lust, jealousy, lying, corruption, rebellion, and evil in this world today. These are all a direct result of the original sin.

Adam lost this right when both Eve and he listened to the serpent and broke God's only rule not to eat the forbidden fruit. When they were deceived and sinned, both sin and death gained authority over the whole world. This sounds depressing doesn't it? However, God made it so man would once again have dominion. That is why he sent Jesus Christ to live as a human. Adam had lost that dominion. However, the perfect human gained it back where he had authority over birds, fish and animals. He had to suffer and die on the cross. He did this, not only to conquer death and sin but also so that we can reign with Jesus. When he finally returns for the thousand year rule, we will gain back that dominion that was once lost because of Adam’s sin.

God gives us a choice. We can choose to follow him or not. Even though he commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil, he gave us the freedom to choose. Sin broke communion with God. We are all sinners. The only way to get this communion with God repaired is through Jesus Christ His Son.

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The Holy Bible. King James Version

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      Lois Ryan 4 months ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

      Me too can't wait

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh, to live in the age of innocence! I can only imagine the peace of mind. Something to look forward to though!

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