Posts Tagged ‘The Fall’

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.)

This man, who would later come to be known as Adam, became the first living, at least animal life, on the face of the earth, bar none, according to the chronology given in Genesis chapter 2.

For a treatment on whether the creation of Adam and Eve was literal or figurative, you may wish to read my two-part series, starting at: “Was Adam Created from Clay?”

First there was water in some form (we’re told it was a mist) that watered the whole face of the earth, then there was Adam.


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If we already are sons and daughters of God as the scriptures tell us (see Who Are We? (Part 1 of 6), then what about all the scriptures that tell us we may become sons and daughters of God? This certainly presents a spiritual conundrum. But there is an answer.

Adam and Eve were created in a paradisaical state. Yet, God introduced the idea of death to them, even though they likely had no conception of what that meant. How could they? Nothing had ever died before! Still, God warned them not to partake of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil or they would die.

We do not know what the tree of knowledge of good and evil was, nor what sort of fruit it bore. However, it seems that one day, a long time ago, someone decided the offending fruit was an apple, so an apple it’s been ever since.

What we do know is that by eating it, Adam and Eve would eventually die. We can assume that when they partook of this forbidden fruit, some sort of change came over their bodies that made dying possible. We don’t know what that fruit was, only that by eating it Adam and Eve became subject to death.

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