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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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My view is 1) in a way, 2) no, 3) read on! Consider two snapshots in time. No humans around yet, just plants, animals and so forth. Lacking free will, they have no moral responsibility, and the concept of "sin" makes no sense. Humans exist. We have free will, moral responsibility, and conflicting tendencies: we are born to trouble (as sure as sparks fly ...


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I believe that you are referring to the theory that the original sin was sex. This, however, is not Biblically true. Before the fall, God said: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every ...


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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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The best answer I've seen is that it is an animal sacrifice: Heb. 9:22: Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. That's because it is necessary to kill animals to get their skins. The reader would be expected to make the connection with the sin offerings ...


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The answer to this depends very much on the concept of who God is in the first place. If God is, as evangelical Christians believe, pre-existent, self-existent, omnipotent, omniscient, infinite and eternal, then it would be impossible for there to ever be multiple gods that share all those attributes. A created being cannot become uncreated. A mortal ...


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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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From what I know of Augustine, he would say that, rather, God's love is the enabler of our faith. That is, God's love for the sinner is the ultimate cause of creating new life in the believer, which enables that believer to have faith. See Augustine's On Grace and Free Will, Chapter 17. And if you look at Chapter 12 and 13 of the same work, you will see ...


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This is not a complete answer, but thought it would be good to point out nonetheless. God had given Adam and Eve the dominion over the earth, the fish, birds... "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 ...


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"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation." Saved human beings have an old nature and a new nature. At death, the old nature is removed entirely, and only the new nature remains. (This is the "glorification" in the salvation trio of justification, sanctification, and glorification.) You should not think that this new nature is a return to the nature ...


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When I was a Protestant, the most frequent answer that I received from authorities, and one I often used myself, was that the entire purpose of the church (the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth) was to prepare ourselves for our future glory. We, as the bride prior to the wedding, must make ourselves ready for the wedding day. In other words, we are constantly being ...


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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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To discover the answer, you must define your terms. As suggested by Francis Schaeffer, when Christians use the term "God," they mean personal infinite. If we dissect this definition, therein lies your answer. While people are obviously personal, they are obviously not infinite, so they cannot be a "God." However, the term "god" can refer to a personal ...


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I can't speak for all theistic evolutionists, but I can give my own perspective. First, I want to provide some background. As an Arminian Christian I believe God created everything in a state of goodness, but gave humans free will that enables us to turn away from his perfect will. It is this following of our own will rather than God's that makes us ...


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That's an excellent question. I myself have wondered how the two are reconciled. The Catholic Church has no opposition to evolution, only what's called evolutionism. Evolutionism is a metaphysical position about reality which is really what's at issue in the so-called "evolution debate". The Church is, of course, a religious institution and doesn't concern ...


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You mean the "happy fault of Adam"? It's not that bad, seriously it's unspeakably evil, but it's not the end of the world. It's really the beginning of the world, the first Covenant between God and man wasn't until after the fall 70 Beyond the witness to himself that God gives in created things, he manifested himself to our first parents, spoke to ...


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It's funny. This question made me realize something I never noticed before. It's true. For almost nothing (a 'mere apple'), Adam knowingly threw away life, heaven, paradise, and eternal happiness - for the whole universe. This makes Adam's sin possibly the greatest ever committed. A million Hitlers could not sin in all their lives as much as Adam did in ...


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Correct me if I misunderstand, but I think you are asking 'Is the Devil's purpose meant to help us understand X? Where X is various ideas as understood by reformed theology. Reformed theology has a 'system of understanding' to view many of the events and persons you mention, such as the Devil, pre-destination, the fall, etc. and does support your concept ...


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Why are my questions unanswered? In the passages you quoted, it seems clear that after the resurrection, we can expect that sin will have no more hold over us because the consequences of sin are conspicuously absent. Why? The Scriptures don't attempt to answer that question directly. We could infer two possibilities: We are not capable of understanding. ...


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You asked, "What was wrong with the clothing they already had, and what was right about the clothing that God made for them?" My short answer is "nothing" and "nothing". In fact, the question itself illustrates how differently mankind looks at life and how God looks at life. I say that God wants to be with us. Genesis 3:8-9 talks about God seeking out ...


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Sin wasn't inherently in the world. Sin in disobeying God is what caused us to lose perfection. Since man was created perfect, we know that sin had to come through man. The topic of Satan as it is involved in inherit sin is tricky. Satan may have had the desire for worship even before man was created. Man was a way of fulfilling that desire, so Satan took ...


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According to St. Paul: Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Romans 5:12) Regardless of your belief as to whether or not the creation account is allegorical, scripture clearly teaches that before Adam and Eve had taken the "forbidden fruit" the created ...


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That is a good question :) My understanding of what you are asking: How come, Adam and Eve, did not "have it in them", to choose correctly, to choose to obey the commandment. In short: there is no, purely logical answer to this. Some observations: This question basically boils down to these types of questions: why did (how could) God create a ...


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Original Sin has nothing to do directly with Eve eating the fruit. Original Sin is an idea of a Catholic Bishop in the middle ages which he used to explain the source of evil behavior. It is a condition that Adam's descendants suffered from, that Adam and Eve did not. The idea is that the children were born without two of the virtues that God gave to Adam, ...


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I'm assuming, you're looking for evidence of a transition from unfallen-ness to fallen-ness, not merely evidence of fallen-ness. If a satisfactory answer to your question requires, in a Young Earth view, something like an archeological artifact (say, a book that Adam wrote in the few hours/days before he Fell), I think you'll be lacking. In a ...


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According to the first three chapters of Genesis, it appears that there was no killing in the Garden. Later, when Isaiah prophesied about "the Lion lying down with the lamb," it is an echo of that state of nature which is so unlike the one today. From a Biblical point of view then, I would have to disagree with your premise.


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Death, the cessation of life, and death, the forgetting or cessation or mortality of the immortal soul are two different things. The point in case here is the corruption and mortality of the immortal but passable soul. You can see Athanasius' 'On the Incarnation' about this. Humans are intended and made to be immortal. The immortality of the soul is of ...


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How Sin and the fall Glorifies God The confirmation of the assumption The reformer that spent the most effort in making his thoughts fully known about this subject is Jonathan Edwards. He wrote two famous books on the topic: DISSERTATION ON THE END FOR WHICH GOD CREATED THE WORLD DISSERTATION CONCERNING THE NATURE OF TRUE VIRTUE Although both of ...



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