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Existing in a perfect state did not deprive Adam and Eve of Free Will. Genesis 3:4-5 tells us that the serpent firstly modified God's Word by promising Eve that by taking of the forbidden fruit she would not surely die. Second, he enticed her with the promise of knowledge (knowing good and evil). Genesis 3:4-5 (KJV) And the serpent said unto the woman, ...


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Sexual intercourse was not a sin at all (for Adam and Eve in the context of their marriage). In fact, God commanded them to be fruitful and multiply: "And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing ...


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There is a third option - The prohibition on incest didn't come about until the covenant in Leviticus & Deuteronomy, and to accuse Cain, Abel, and Seth of incest is to accuse them ex post facto. As an aside, a Young Earth Creationist would date the Creation to 4004 BC, and the Exodus (and hence the Covenant) to about 1440BC. As such, you would be ...


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The OT clearly condemns in Leviticus 18 and 20 ("If a man takes his sister [...] and sees her nakedness [...] it is a disgrace [...] and he shall bear his iniquity."). This is reinforced at other later points, but we do not find record or such a prohibition earlier. Clearly there is no way that the line from Adam and Eve continued for at least the first few ...


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When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, God gave them skins to cover up with (Genesis 3:21). To get those skins, some animal had to die. In other words, God sacrificed an animal to cover their sin1. From the beginning, God has declared the payment for sin is death, and so blood must be shed to cover sin: Leviticus 17:11: “For the life of a creature is in ...


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The statements ascribed to Pope Francis by that article are not true. It is a hoax. See: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/dont-fall-for-this-pope-francis-hoax-5-things-to-know-and-share http://www.hoaxorfact.com/Politics/pope-francis-declares-all-religions-are-true-facts.html


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Most traditions agree that the original sin was disobedience to God. God specifically told them not to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden, and they did it anyway. Sin is described in the Bible as transgression of the law of God (1 John 3:4) and rebellion against God (Deuteronomy 9:7; Joshua 1:18). Eating of the fruit, in direct contradiction ...


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A Heart Conducive to Understanding Before addressing the question, it seems appropriate to address the proper spirit in which such answers should be sought. There is a very important principle in Scripture which we need to remember; You will say to me then, “Why does [God] still find fault? For who resists His will?” On the contrary, who are you, O ...


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Good question because that scripture screams that question every time it is read. I don't believe that Adam and Eve successfully hid from God. How could they if God is omniscient? Hebrews 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Psalm 139:4 Even ...


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It is written in Leviticus 18:6 that it is a sin - None of you shall approach any one of his close relatives to uncover nakedness. I am the LORD. and in 1 Corinthians 5:1 - It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. The reason that it ...


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St Thomas Aquinas asks in Summa Theologica 3.1.3, "If man had not sinned, would God nevertheless have become incarnate?" (Latin: Si homo non peccasset, nihilominus Deus incarnatum fuisset?). His answer is "no", while acknowledging that God could have still chosen to become incarnate for other reasons; although he recognizes a diversity of thought on the ...


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Adam (and presumably Eve) simply died of old age. Genesis 5:5 (NIV) 5 Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died. As for where they're buried, I don't think that's recorded anywhere in the Bible. Who died first certainly isn't recorded; that bit of trivia likely wouldn't have been important to people of the time.


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As there was nobody except Adam and Eve after he killed Abel. Some source of this claim? Because Genesis says: And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters (Gen 5, 4). According to apocryphal Book of Jubilees, Cain's wife's name was Awan.


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Less than 1011. More than 7. Assuming that: Adam only had one wife (Eve), which is an argument based strictly on a lack of evidence That Eve's normal gestational period was 9 months and had twins no more than average (1 in 86). That Eve lived approximately the same amount of time as Adam (again an argument from lack of evidence), then we can say: 800 ...


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Mormons believe both passages, (1) That Adam and Eve were commanded to multiply (Genesis 1:28). (2) Unless these partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge Adam and Eve could not have children (2 Nephi 2:23). And along with other Christians, they also believe (3) God commanded them not to partake of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis ...


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Catholics reconcile the two beliefs by being allowed to believe in evolution, but required to believe in the existence of Adam and Eve. Contrary to what I had originally thought, there is actually an official Catholic document which mentions evolution. The encyclical letter Humani Generis, written by Pope Pius XII in 1950, discusses (among other ...


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I took away from reading Theology of the Body for Beginners, which is a entry-level explanation of Pope John Paul's Theology of the Body talks aimed primarily at married couples or those interested in Catholic teaching on sexuality, that Adam and Eve could have had some great sex in the garden of Eden. I may have been misreading it or reading between the ...


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Nowhere in the bible does it say that adam and eve were perfect. The bible does call them good, and even very good. But nowhere does it say they were perfect, perfection belongs to GOD alone. Apparently to be good or even very good does not deprive one of the possibility of choosing to rebel against GOD. I think the whole issue with how is it that Adam ...


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It must be noted that the Bible never explicitly answers this question, so our answer has to come from related observations we make from the text. However, we must admit that these observations are not explicitly taught from the Scriptures, so we must not be emphatic where the Scriptures are not. It is important, then, to identify what it is that we do ...


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I like the Pulpit Commentary on this. It says that God called Adam because God wanted to bring him to confession. Adam's absence was a clear proof that something was wrong. Hitherto he had always welcomed the Divine approach. "And said unto him, Where art thou?" Not as if ignorant of Adam's hiding-place, but to bring him to confession. You can't ...


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According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word apple has, until recently, always meant simply "fruit" in English. This was certainly the case at the time of the earliest English Bible translations in the 1600s. In Middle English and as late as 17c., it was a generic term for all fruit other than berries but including nuts (e.g. Old English ...


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I don't have enough information to speak about the Southern Baptist Convention, where each congregation is a separate entity, and some could accept what the OP cites as the "serpent seed" doctrine, nor can I address the issues of the Assemblies of God. I do have some familiarity with the beliefs of the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, and am a ...


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Here's the verse in question: Genesis 2:16-17 NIV 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” The opportunity to live forever What I find most interesting is that God didn't ...


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The Nakedness was not merely physical in nature It's important to note that this is Adam's claim--not God's. Adam and Eve had indeed taken measures to clothe their nakedness after their sin. Before sin, when they were both in a state of innocence, it seems they felt no need for clothing. This is akin to a young child who experiences no shame in being ...


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The reason why incest is medically bad is because it makes genetic birth defects more likely. Most genetic defects are recessive. If two people who both have the gene have children, the childrenm may inherit the gene from both parents, and it will materialize. But if someone with the bad gene marries someone without the gene, then their children have one ...


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By virtue of Genesis 5:3, we know that Cain killed Abel within 130 years of Adam being born, becuase Seth was not born until after that occurred. That means that the Fall had to occur within that time. Other than that, the Bible is silent.


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In addition to the various other roles that Missouri has in LDS history and teachings (see What is the LDS meaning of the New Jerusalem?), it is believed by most to be the location of the Garden of Eden. The LDS basis for this belief is founded largely on the teachings of Joseph Smith in the context of Doctrine & Covenants section 57 which reads that ...


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Premise We cannot conclusively say that Adam and Eve performed the any sacrifices, but the evidence is very heavy that they did and it was ordained by God and likely that He instructed them in it or even did the first one Himself. It is definitely clear that sacrifice was instituted very early. Abel and Cain apparently performed sacrifices, Abel ...


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Ok, I did some searching, and there seems to be some tradition that alleges Adam and Eve and 33 sons and 23 daughters. This is actually mentioned in one of the answers to a question on this site regarding how the world got populated. The answer references this page. Another page suggests that it is a footnote in the works of Josephus, whom I like to ...


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By being made in the image of God, God granted man one of his attributes- namely the ability to communicate. As a God in communion and relationship with himself ("let us create man in our image Gen 1.26) the power of speech and language would have been understood to merely be part of that Imago Dei. Furthermore, the fact that Adam was given the job of ...



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