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The answer to the question regarding the first book of the Bible actually comes from the last book of the Bible: And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:9 NASB And he laid hold of ...


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Per Genesis 2: 10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin[d] and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds ...


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Good question because that scripture screams that question every time it is read. I don't believe that Adam and Eve successfully hid from God. How could they if God is omniscient? Hebrews 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Psalm 139:4 Even ...


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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, nor can I address the issues of the Assemblies of God. I do have some familiarity with the beliefs of the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, and am a ...


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No. These are two different trees. The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground--trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 2:9) At first, only one was made off limits to humans. but you must not eat from the tree of the ...


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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. They may think that someone promoting such a line would be mocking the scriptures and Christianity and not be in any way serious. On further investigation, ...


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I like the Pulpit Commentary on this. It says that God called Adam because God wanted to bring him to confession. Adam's absence was a clear proof that something was wrong. Hitherto he had always welcomed the Divine approach. "And said unto him, Where art thou?" Not as if ignorant of Adam's hiding-place, but to bring him to confession. You can't ...


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Assuming it was a literal garden in the physical world, and not a metaphor, it was most likely somewhere between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, close to the border between modern day Iraq and Iran, or maybe the Eastern region of modern Turkey. Just Googling for Tigris, Euphrates and Eden will give you more sources you can probably read in a lifetime :)


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The crux of this question is really How long was it before Adam and Eve sinned? The biblical record only has the following facts: Adam and Eve's first child was Cain, and the second Abel, by virtue of Genesis 4. Genesis 4 also suggests that Seth was not born until after Cain killed Abel, an act that could not have occurred in the Garden. Genesis 5 says ...


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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 considering other verses not only around that verse, but in other verses in the Bible which lend explanation to the verses in question. All Scripture is taken ...


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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 of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil are in the midst of the Garden; it's the latter tree to which Eve is referring in Genesis 3:2-3. The tree ...


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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 serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree ...


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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 the Apostle records in the Apocalypse (Revelation 20:2) : And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a ...


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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 from John Calvin: Student of the Church Fathers1 in which Lane references Saint Augustin dans l’oeuvre de Jean Calvin2 1. John Calvin: Student of the Church ...


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No, only that after God created Adam he was tasked with naming the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air: “He [God] brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field” (Genesis ...


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The views of Christians on this matter can basically be divided into two. A key passage here is Romans 5:12-21, which says: Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against ...


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The story of the Garden of Eden is only 3 chapters in Genesis. These should be read thoroughly, for as Walter Bruggeman said, one cannot over interpret them. In a plain reading, however, the sense is that there was no one other than Adam and Eve. The idea that there were others has no basis and nothing to suggest itself. Indeed, Adam was alone, and God ...


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John Sailhamer proposes a rather novel idea in his book Genesis Unbound: The second chapter of Genesis provides a closer look at God's creation of the first human beings. We are told that God created them from the ground and put them in the garden of Eden to worship and obey God (not merely to work the garden and take care of it). The boundaries of that ...


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God’s question: “where art thou” certainly proves that man’s position in relationship with God was altered from the original. Hiding from God does not necessitate that man was physically hiding, but more likely a spiritual hiding. We know that the "death" God warned against was not only physical death because Adam did not immediately die. Nor was Adam or ...


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Adam and Eve in the state of original innocence possessed preternatural gifts: "bodily immortality, infused knowledge, and immunity from concupiscence."¹ St. Thomas Aquinas addresses the question "Whether the first man knew all things?,"² saying: …the first man was established by God in such a manner as to have knowledge of all those things for which man ...


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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 Adam and Eve fell after a mere six hours. Calvin is either relying upon an inaccurate memory of Augustine or has been misled by an intermediate source. (John ...


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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 literal and how much is symbolic. 2) The "snake" was lying by telling a half-truth. Yes, Adam and Eve would become "like God" in the sense that they would ...


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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 air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the ...


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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 field, it too is a literal animal. Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. Satan chose to ...


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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 that are only a figment of our imagination. Also, our minds are of the impression of what we have been told and learned at early ages in our lives. As we age and ...


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As a Catholic, I believe that by virtue of their having been created in God's image, Adam and Eve had immortals souls, and that their physical bodies had also been meant to be immortal. In that sense, the devil was lying to them with the deceitful motive of making them disobey God's commandment. The punishment they got was death of the physical body, not ...


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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 the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him (John 1:18). Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ...


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How do you know how fabulous the Garden of Eden was? There's no description of it where it appears, and we have many places on earth that are just "heavenly" to stroll through. I believe the phrase is being used the same way we use it today to describe beautiful scenery. If the location of this destruction is in Israel (scholars are not unified in a ...


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No they did not, here is the timeline as I see it: The commandments: Genesis 1:28 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 2:16-17 And the ...


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If we study the book of Romans where it teaches that sin is the outcome of law, it meant that eating that particular fruit of the knowledge of good and evil was not a sin until God made it a law not to eat it. It also teaches that where there is sin, grace is much more abound. As a Christian we all know that God is too wise to make a mistake and too loving ...


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