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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

Genesis 2:24–25 (ESV): Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ...
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In Mormonism, how is the doctrine of Adam & Eve inability to have children prior to the Fall explained?

Mormons believe both passages, That Adam and Eve were commanded to multiply (Genesis 1:28). Unless these partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge Adam and Eve could not have children (2 Nephi 2:...
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How does the Catholic Church reconcile evolution with original sin?

Catholics reconcile the two beliefs by being allowed to believe in evolution, but required to believe in the existence of Adam and Eve. For the purposes of this discussion, evolution is the ...
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Was Cain a descendant of the serpent, through Eve?

I don't have enough information to speak about the Southern Baptist Convention, where each congregation is a separate entity, and some could accept what the OP cites as the "serpent seed" doctrine, ...
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Was Cain a descendant of the serpent, through Eve?

On the surface, the teaching that 'the original sin' was Eve having sex with the serpent/Satan and that this resulted in Cain could seem to most Protestants to be bizarre, nonsensical and offensive. ...
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Do any theologians argue that in the Fall, Adam sacrificed himself out of love for Eve?

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 ...
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Can someone explain the argument that Jesus believed in Adam and Eve?

In order to interpret what Jesus is saying in Matthew 19:4, you must first understand the reference he is making. From Matthew 19:4: 4 He answered, "Have you not read that he who created them from ...
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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

There were no priests then who could marry them. But given that priests are only God's representatives on Earth, God clearly could marry them. Genesis 1:28, already quoted by others, can be understood ...
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Were Adam and Eve ever given the permission by God to procreate?

It says in Genesis: 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the ...
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Adam and Eve Clothed in Light Before the Fall - Origin of this belief?

It seems this interpretative tradition goes back millennia to the ancient Jews. BioLogos has a short article on the development of the tradition that Adam and Eve "wore" garments of light, attributing ...
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Do any of the Church Fathers draw a connection between Eve and the Holy Spirit?

Perhaps not surprisingly, in light of Ephesians 5, church fathers widely connect Eve with Christ's Church. This seems to displace other interpretations, like a connection between Eve and the Holy ...
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How many wives did Adam have?

Adam had only ONE wife, Eve. The simple answer is that Genesis chapter 1 is like an overview of the events of creation. It can be seen as the introduction. Then Genesis chapter 2 goes on to provide ...
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In Genesis, how did the first language come to be?

By being made in the image of God, God granted man one of his attributes- namely the ability to communicate. As a God in communion and relationship with himself ("let us create man in our image Gen 1....
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Did the forbidden fruit make us wise?

They became "wise" in that they now knew (the difference of) Good and Evil. The tree is explicitly called Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, so we should assume it is right that eating the fruit ...
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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

In Mark 10:9 Jesus says, in the context of marriage, "What God has joined together, let not man separate." Clearly, when you read of the beginnings in Genesis, God brought Adam and Eve together. (...
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Do Christians believe that Adam and Eve were Christians?

Abraham was the first Hebrew. 'Jews' come from Judah, the son of Jacob, Abraham's grandson. Disciples were first called 'Christians' in Antioch during the first century. God revealed himself to Adam ...
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What is the basis for the belief that Eve was created on the sixth day, like Adam?

The basis for the belief that Eve was created on the 6th day is a literal interpretation of Genesis 1. Genesis 1:26-28 ESV Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let ...
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If Adam is an allegorical character, which Bible character in messianic genealogy is the first real human?

Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), whose teachings are accepted in the various "New Church" or Swedenborgian denominations, stated that all of the early stories of Genesis up to the point of ...
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According to the Bible narrative, who was the second descendant of Adam to die?

The second death recorded in the Bible story, in the lineage of Cain, first son of Adam The second death recorded in the Bible story is an unnamed man killed by Lamech son of Methushael (not to be ...
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What is the reasoning behind the belief that Eve was NOT created on the sixth day?

The Biblical basis for claiming that Eve was created after the sixth day is one from inference instead of literalism. The account in Genesis 1 starts with all the creatures first, then man on the ...
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Where did the notion that Adam and Eve ate an APPLE come from?

The notion of the forbidden fruit being an apple is not something exclusive of english christianity (here in Spain is also an usual misconception), as long as I've heard is something habitual in ...
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Was Cain a descendant of the serpent, through Eve?

At your suggestion lets take a longer look at 2nd Corinthians chapter 11. As with most Scriptures, it is extremely difficult to extract the true meaning from a verse or a couple of verses without ...
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According to Calvinists, how could Adam and Eve fall? How could Satan fall?

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 ...
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Since Mormons believe in multiple earth-like planets, do they believe that the "fall" was likewise needed on each of them?

Do Mormons believe that the fall was likewise needed on each inhabited planet? No authoritative LDS doctrine on this subject, except that the first man and woman on other worlds had the name Adam and ...
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The fall was part of God's plan?

So the latter day saints are saying that God planned for Adam and Eve to fall from grace and bringing sin into the world? Yes, basically. The Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi chapter 2, explains this. The ...
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Why are Adam and Eve considered married?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in the section about the sacrament of marriage, states: 1604 God who created man out of love also calls him to love the fundamental and innate vocation of every ...
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What are the Biblical and theological problems with theistic evolution?

Introduction This answer will examine the theological implications of theistic evolution within a Reformed theological framework. This will not include matters of hermeneutics, that is, ...
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What does "two becoming one flesh" refer to?

In Hebrew, Genesis 2:24 reads: עַל־כֵּן֙ יַֽעֲזָב־אִ֔ישׁ אֶת־אָבִ֖יו וְאֶת־אִמֹּ֑ו וְדָבַ֣ק בְּאִשְׁתֹּ֔ו וְהָי֖וּ לְבָשָׂ֥ר אֶחָֽד The fully understand what the verse means, it is helpful to look ...
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What is the basis for the belief that Eve was created on the sixth day, like Adam?

I am adding a bit more to this question as this view point has not been explored in the other answers: Genesis 2:1-3: Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on ...
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How could God hold Adam and Eve accountable for sinning when they didn't know evil?

James 4:17 states "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." (NIV) Adam and Eve knew what they should and shouldn't do. God made it very simple: "but you must not eat ...
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