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Genesis 3:1 – “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made." The term ‘subtle’ is often rendered ‘crafty’ or ‘shrewd’. The serpent had a keen intellect and was obviously beguiling to look at – beautiful and mesmerising. We are told that the serpent was cursed to crawl on its belly (Gen. 3:14) – which means ...


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My little views about all your questions collectively: You may definitely classify it as a Command as that's exactly what God meant that "you must not eat of it". Its not a suggestion for Adam and it does include the consequences of disobeying the command. Man was created perfect in God's own image and He has all the freedom to choose as well. He could have ...


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Does Young Earth Creationism teach that Adam and Eve only had a concept of morality after the fall? Young Earth Creationism is not often extended to such considerations. One might assume that since a knowledge of good and evil was obtained after the infraction, the concept of morality was by definition more limited before the more extensive knowledge was ...


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Augustine's concept of defining all sin in terms of disordered love is certainly applicable: for Augustine, rightly ordered love was virtue (City of God 15. 22) and disordered love was vice... the depravity created by disordered love was so deep that no one could extricate or heal him or herself from it. - David K. Naugle, source He applies this ...


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One prominent Reformed theologian, Louis Berkhof, has written that "[t]he problem of the origin of the evil that is in the world has always been considered as one of the profoundest problems of philosophy and theology." Other Reformed theologians share this assessment. Charles Hodge suggests that given "the feebleness of our powers" and the "limited range ...


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In order to know the answer to the question, we need first to know the difference between the pre-fall and fall of Adam. PRE-FALL Adam was created with the ability to choose life or death (Genesis 2:17). FALL Adam was unable to choose life except by the influence of God (John 6:44). Ergo, despite of the fact that God's holy influence is so convincing, ...



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