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Per Genesis 2: 10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[d] and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds ...


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I believe that your question is very closely related to the one of "How could an omnipotent God who hates sin allow sin? If He's omnipotent, couldn't He have prevented us from sinning?" The answer to that, of course, is that God gave us free will because He loves us, and because He wants to be loved in return. Our love for Him wouldn't be real love if it ...


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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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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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Well, let's have a look at the actual text. Genesis 2: 16-17 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Verse 17 is particularly ...


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Assuming it was a literal garden in the physical world, and not a metaphor, it was most likely somewhere between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, close to the border between modern day Iraq and Iran, or maybe the Eastern region of modern Turkey. Just Googling for Tigris, Euphrates and Eden will give you more sources you can probably read in a lifetime :)


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This is an interesting question. The simple answer is that we are really told explicitly whether or not physical pain was possible. We do know, however, that in the judgment of Eve, pain is mentioned: To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your ...


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The crux of this question is really How long was it before Adam and Eve sinned? The biblical record only has the following facts: Adam and Eve's first child was Cain, and the second Abel, by virtue of Genesis 4. Genesis 4 also suggests that Seth was not born until after Cain killed Abel, an act that could not have occurred in the Garden. Genesis 5 says ...


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The story of the Garden of Eden is only 3 chapters in Genesis. These should be read thoroughly, for as Walter Bruggeman said, one cannot over interpret them. In a plain reading, however, the sense is that there was no one other than Adam and Eve. The idea that there were others has no basis and nothing to suggest itself. Indeed, Adam was alone, and God ...


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John Sailhamer proposes a rather novel idea in his book Genesis Unbound: The second chapter of Genesis provides a closer look at God's creation of the first human beings. We are told that God created them from the ground and put them in the garden of Eden to worship and obey God (not merely to work the garden and take care of it). The boundaries of that ...


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I think this question reflects a common error in our thinking which I call temporal lock - that is, we have a great tendency to reason about the eternal things of God from a temporal and limited perspective. God is the great "I Am" - the eternal present. God's eternity certainly is more complex than time continuing forever; it's timelessness. God is not ...


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God planted the tree for the same reason he has done everything else on this planet. So that he might be glorified all the more. God is an intensely selfish God. He demands worship and honor and glory. He has created this world as a vessel so that he might be worshiped. He ordained the rebellion of Satan so that he might have an enemy and show his power ...


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Your question really about the tree (to which I think screams being a metaphor) or is it about the nature of GOD and what his motives were/are? A very basic tenet of Christian theology and of what we know of GOD through the self revelation in Jesus is that GOD is love and knows how to love without showing favoritism or with any dubious motive. Would we who ...


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God’s question: “where art thou” certainly proves that man’s position in relationship with God was altered from the original. Hiding from God does not necessitate that man was physically hiding, but more likely a spiritual hiding. We know that the "death" God warned against was not only physical death because Adam did not immediately die. Nor was Adam or ...


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The views of Christians on this matter can basically be divided into two. A key passage here is Romans 5:12-21, which says: Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged ...


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Death entered the world with Adam's sin, so therefore death wasn't present before the fall. People and animals ate seeds and fruit. And God said: Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed upon the earth, and all trees that have in themselves seed of their own kind, to be your meat: And to all beasts of the earth, and to every fowl of the ...



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