There is a story in the Bible that Adam and Eve ate the fruit and thus sinned against God. But other religions, including some Christians, describe that they were having intercourse and that's why God threw them out of the garden. Which Christian groups believe this, and what is their reasoning?

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    The Bible never say that. I'm curious which Christian group interpret it in such manner.
    – Mawia
    Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 10:23
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    Do you have any references for this teaching? In the creation account, God specifically commands Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. There really is only one way to do that, and that is to have intercourse. So, intercourse was not only God's idea, but God's plan and God's intent for marriage. So, no, that idea is completely unbiblical.
    – Narnian
    Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 11:37
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    I have edited the question to make it more on-topic for this site. I think it's a good question; there are a minority of Christian groups that hold (or held) this view. I believe the Shakers may have fallen into this category (but they don't exist any more, since they forbade sex).
    – Flimzy
    Commented Oct 17, 2013 at 15:45
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    @jongricafort According to Catholicism, "lust" has been an issue since the fall. They explicitly say Adam and Eve "could have" had sex without lust.
    – Bit Chaser
    Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 2:27
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    @jongricafort: There are so many assumptions and opinions in that statement, I don't even know how to respond.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 17:51

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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 living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Genesis 1:28

How could they multiply if sex was a sin? The original sin, according to the Bible, was disobedience. (See Genesis 3)

EDIT: Because the question was edited, my answer has now been edited too. I have ran into a few people, mostly from the Catholic faith, who believed in this teaching. As far as I know, this is not Catholic doctrine, they just had been misinformed.

  • The word "be fruitful and multiply' lacks the exhortation that God said to Abraham and other Patriarch, the complete word is "multiply your seed". The word "seed" is missing in God's words to Adam & Eve. Plus the issue here is "defilement of the Temple of God", what kind of "actual sin" can defile the Temple of God situated in the east. God had planted a garden in the east, it is the Sanctuary of God. Can Adam & Eve "multiply or procreate" right at the very Sanctuary of God? Remember it is a place of worship and communion with God. Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 0:13
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    @jongricafort I don't really agree with a few things in your comment. First, how does the command, be fruitful and multiply, lack exhortation? It is a command. He did NOT say "you may be fruitful and multiply" which may lack exhortation. Second, how could humans multiply if not through sex, which was made by God Himself? Third, name one verse in the Bible that says the Garden of Eden is the Sanctuary of God. This is the first I've heard of such a thing. Fourth, are you saying that God did not want Adam and Eve to multiply in the very place that God Himself put them? It's just not Biblical. Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 17:30

I am not aware of any group who believes this. Adam and Eve's sin is regarding disobedience. The only other teaching (which is false) about anything in connection to the events that unfolded in The Garden of Eden was the first mate (first wife) belief. Sex itself what produces life. This is between mates, for if it was sin, it would not make sense for the earth to be populated. It only becomes sin if brazen conduct and immorality is involved, then you have a problem. But nothing of this sort took place in The Garden of Eden, despite Adam and Eve being kicked out of the garden, moreover, they were already a couple.

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