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 Oct 17 '13 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 Oct 17 '13 at 11:37
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  • @Narnian Whoops, I just saw that my answer is identical to your comment. And that's why I should read the comments first. – jlaverde Oct 17 '13 at 12:36
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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 Oct 17 '13 at 15:45

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.


I once attended a talk at Harvard University given by members of the Unification Church. They taught that the original sin was sexual.

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