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OK, Skywriting, I am fed up with people who misinterpret the story in Genesis 3. Here's the text -

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You1 shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, v‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 but the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So 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 to be desired to make one wise,2 she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 z Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Note -
  • The animal mentioned is a snake (Hebrew Nahash). There is no suggestion in the story of any Satan, devil etc. so we have to take it that this is just a very wily snake.
  • The tree whose fruit the couple eat is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the result is that they understand what is good and evil. It follows that before eating the apple they were unaware of the difference. Consequently, they can hardly be blamed for not following instructions from god as they would not have know it was wrong not to do what they were told.
  • Adam did not sin. Eve had the conversation with the snake and the story does not indicate that she told Adam about the conversation before giving him the fruit to eat. Thus Adam did not, actually disobey anything as he did not know what he was eating. It was Eve who disobeyed.
  • Was the snake right? Well, there is no indication the the creation narratives  that people would not die in the Garden of Eden so there is no reason to interpret the texts as though death only came after the couple left the garden. So, actually, the snake was right and god told a porky.
  • Finally, I can't help laughing when I read the story as the result of getting knowledge of morals is that the couple realise they are naked! How could it matter with just the two of them, presumably haveing 'known' each other already?
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screwtape good post July 16, 2013, 09:51:58 AM