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How did the tree of life in the Garden of Eden serve its purpose? (Roman Catholic perspective)

Adam and Eve were forbidden from eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, not from the tree of life before the Fall (Genesis 2:16-17). In Genesis 2:9, the sense is that both the tree ...
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Why is the "serpent" in the Fall believed to be literal by many?

The Bible employs animals as descriptions of character, as we do also. In the verse that you allude to, it expressly says "the" Serpent and draws a distinction from the beasts of the field. Now the ...
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Why is the "serpent" in the Fall believed to be literal by many?

I think that the reason so many see the serpent to be a literal entity is because that is the way the bible treats of the entity throughout the old and new testament scriptures. Particularly, John ...
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Where does Augustine say that Adam and Eve were in Eden for just six hours before sinning?

Did Augustine say six hours, and if so, where? Probably not. Finally, Calvin erroneously claims Augustine for the view that Adam and Eve fell after a mere six hours. (emphasis added) This is ...
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How do we know the serpent did not act on his own to deceive Adam and Eve?

You are assuming that a physical snake existed. To use your own words, 'there is no text' that states such. There is 'the serpent'. And the serpent is more subtle than any beast of the field. Ergo, it ...
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How did Satan get into Eden?

First, understand that Satan was, and still is, the god of this world: Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. β€” John 12:31 In whom the god of this world ...
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How long did Adam stay in Eden?

How long did Adam stay in Eden? Ultimately we do not know this with any accuracy; some speculate one day or one week. We have no why to know for sure. Some Catholic mystics, such as Catherine Emmerich ...
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What animals were in Eden?

No, only that after God created Adam he was tasked with naming the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air: β€œHe [God] brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the ...
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In which region of earth is the Garden of Eden located?

Where was the Garden of Eden? A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of ...
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LDS teaching about man being able to become God, and the snake telling Eve that she can become "like God"

Let me see if I can answer those questions: 1) As stated by "staples", we believe the story to be both literal and symbolic, though some Mormons tend to a little all over the place as to how much is ...
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Where does Augustine say that Adam and Eve were in Eden for just six hours before sinning?

It seems that Stephen's conclusion is correct. Here's a bit more context. More fully quoting Lane, we see his theory for Calvin's error: Calvin erroneously claims Augustine for the view that ...
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From a Catholic perspective, did Adam's body undergo any change after the fall?

Did Adam's body undergo any change after the fall? 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the ...
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Did Adam need to tend the Garden of Eden because the biocycle a sinful process?

is the biocycle (for example composting) death? No. The bible makes a clear distinction between organisms containing "the breath of life" (reference), which many Christians believe excludes ...
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Did Adam need to tend the Garden of Eden because the biocycle a sinful process?

God first prepared a garden, in the east of an area called Eden, and then placed the man in it. He was commissioned with spreading that garden outside and beyond the existing area of the garden. This ...
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How did Satan get into Eden?

It was part of God's eternal plan that the Devil should enter into Eden and tempt Adam and Eve. Without this no other part of God's plan of redemption could have taken place. The fall of Satan may ...
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Is Paradise of God the Garden of Eden?

I have been studying a little on paradise in Luke and the translation in Greek says park Eden Jesus told the thief today you will be with me in the park in Eden (if you use the Greek word) Greek: ...
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Is Paradise of God the Garden of Eden?

The answer to the OP question depends on whether one thinks of the Garden of Eden as a physical place located (as indicated in Genesis) somewhere in the Tigris-Euphrates region, or whether it is a ...
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What are the arguments in favor of the proposition that it was man's spirit that died in the Garden of Eden?

The OP points out that Adam did not in fact die in the day that he ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Traditional explanations for this usually point out either that he began the ...
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How did Satan get into Eden?

("There is general agreement that Satan had already rebelled when Eden was created and that Eve sinned just a few hours/days after creation."..) Your assumption will negate potential answers ...
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How did Satan get into Eden?

It appears that the first time the word we translate into English as "Satan" didn't appear in the Hebrew scriptures until Job 1:6 which speaks of this one appearing in heaven along with the ...
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Why is the "serpent" in the Fall believed to be literal by many?

We know that before the serpent was introduced, the Bible describes the beasts of the field being created, which are literal animals. Therefore when the Bible introduces the serpent as a beast of the ...
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According to the Bible where exactly did God create Adam?

Where was Adam created, according to the Scriptures? In the Book of Geneses, we can find a little indication as to where Adam was created. 7then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground ...
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According to Catholicism and Revelation are we going to be able to eat meat in Heaven or the Garden of Eden?

According to Catholicism and Revelation are we going to be able to eat meat in Heaven or the Garden of Eden? Interesting question as it deals with two separate locations in one question. We might ...
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Why is the "serpent" in the Fall believed to be literal by many?

This truly is a interesting question and one that we as humans can let our imaginations run wild. As we read Gods word, our own mind can see many strange images and lead us to believe some things ...
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According to Augustine, what's the difference between regenerate life and that before the fall?

The OP links us to the above chart. Based on these categories, there is no difference between Pre-Fall Man and Reborn Man. However there is an important difference between Pre-Fall man and Glorified ...
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What is the Biblical basis that it was was the second person of the Trinity that walked in the garden of Eden?

The Bible explicitly teaches that no on has seen the Father : Verses from the bible teach clearly that no one has seen the father - No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in ...
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Why did God make it a sin to eat an apple?

Why did God make it a sin to eat an apple? Almighty God could have chosen any means he wanted to in order to test our first parents, but he chose a simple fruit 🍎 in the Garden of Eden to accomplish ...
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