The story of Adam and Eve – Original sin and expulsion from paradise

The story of Adam and Eve that explains why they were cast from original sin and heaven.

Adam and Eve  are the first people created by God on earth.

The name Adam means man, son of the earth. The name Adam is often identified with the word man. The expression “sons of Adam” means “sons of men.” The name Eve is the giver of life. Adam and Eve are the progenitors of the human race.

Creation of Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve were created by God in His likeness on the sixth day of creation. Adam was created “from the dust of the ground.” God gave him a soul. According to the Hebrew calendar, Adam was created in 3760 BC. e.

God settled Adam in the Garden of Eden and allowed him to eat fruits from any tree except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam was to cultivate and keep the Garden of Eden, and also to give names to all the animals and birds created by God. Eve was created as Adam’s helper.

The creation of Eve from Adam’s rib emphasizes the idea of ​​the dual unity of man. The text of Genesis emphasizes that “it is not good for the man to be alone.” The creation of a wife is one of the main plans of God – to ensure the life of a person in love, for “God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”

 

The first man is the crown of the world created by God. He has royal dignity and is the ruler of the newly created world.

Where was the Garden of Eden located?

We have become accustomed to the appearance of sensational reports that the place where the Garden of Eden was located has been found. Of course, the location of each “discovery” is different from the previous one. 

The Bible describes the area around the garden, and even uses recognizable place names such as Ethiopia and the name of four rivers, including the Tigris and Euphrates. 

This has led many, including Bible scholars, to the conclusion that the Garden of Eden was located somewhere in the Middle East region known today as the Tigris and Euphrates Valley.

To date, there are several versions of the location of the Garden of Eden, none of which has solid evidence.

Adam and Eve were tempted

It is not known how long Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden (according to the Book of Jubilees, Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden for 7 years) and were in a state of purity and innocence.

The serpent, which “was more cunning than all the animals of the field that the Lord God created,” by tricks and cunning convinced Eve to try the fruit of the forbidden Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.

 story of Adam and Eve

Eve refuses, referring to God, who forbade them to eat from this tree and promised death to anyone who eats this fruit. The serpent tempts Eve, promising that, having tasted the fruit, people will not die, but will become Gods who know Good and Evil. It is known that Eve could not stand the temptation and committed the first sin.

Why does the serpent act as a symbol of evil?

The serpent is an important image in ancient pagan religions. Due to the fact that snakes shed their skin, they were often personified with rebirth, including the natural cycles of life and death. Therefore, the image of the snake was used in fertility rituals, especially those associated with seasonal cycles.

For the Jewish people, the snake was a symbol of polytheism and paganism, the natural enemy of Yahweh and monotheism.

Why did the Sinless Eve allow herself to be deceived by the serpent?

Comparison, albeit indirect, of man and God, led to the appearance of theomachistic moods and curiosity in the soul of Eve. It is these sentiments that push Eve to the deliberate transgression of God’s commandment.

The cause of the fall of Adam and Eve was their free will. Violation of the commandment of God was only offered to Adam and Eve, but not imposed. Both husband and wife participated in their fall by their own free will, for outside free will there is no sin and no evil. The devil only excites sin, and does not force it.

History of the Fall

Adam and Eve, unable to withstand the temptation they were subjected to by the devil (the Serpent), committed the first sin. Adam, carried away by his wife, violated the commandment of God and ate from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. 

Thus Adam and Eve incurred the wrath of the Creator. The first sign of sin was a constant feeling of shame and vain attempts to hide from God. Called by the Creator, they laid the blame: Adam on the wife, and the wife on the serpent.

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A terrible punishment befell Adam and Eve after the fall. It is worth saying that human nature itself has changed – sin began to parasitize on it – diseases appeared, instead of grace, a person began to experience suffering. 

As a result of the fall, man lost absolute righteousness and immortality. Adam passed on the original sin to all his descendants – to all mankind.

The fall of Adam and Eve is fateful for all mankind. The Fall violated the Divine-human order of life and accepted the Devil-human, people wished to become Gods, bypassing God. 

By the Fall, Adam and Eve brought themselves into sin, and sin into themselves and all their descendants.

Original sin  is the rejection by a person of the goal of life determined by God – becoming like God. Original sin contains in germ all the future sins of mankind. Original sin contains the essence of all sin—its origin and nature.

The consequences of the sin of Adam and Eve affected all mankind, who inherited from them human nature corrupted by sin.

Exile from paradise

God expelled Adam and Eve from paradise so that they would cultivate the land from which Adam was created and eat the fruits of their labors. Before the exile, God made clothes for people to cover their shame. 

God placed in the east near the garden of Eden the Cherubim with a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life. It is sometimes believed that the archangel Michael, the guard at the gates to paradise, was a cherub armed with a sword. According to the second version, it was the archangel Uriel.

Two punishments awaited Eve and all her daughters after the fall. First, God multiplied Eve’s pains in childbirth. Second, God said that relationships between a man and a woman would always be characterized by conflict (Genesis 3:15-3:16). 

These punishments come true over and over again in the life of every woman throughout history. Regardless of all our medical advances, childbirth is always a painful and stressful experience for a woman. And no matter how advanced and progressive our society is, in the relationship between a man and a woman there is a struggle for power and a struggle of the sexes, full of strife.

Children of Adam and Eve

It is known for certain that Adam and Eve had 3 sons and an unknown number of daughters. The names of the daughters of the ancestors are not recorded in the Bible, since, according to ancient tradition, the clan was conducted through the male line.

The first sons of Adam and Eve were  Cain and Abel . Cain, out of envy, kills Abel, for which he was expelled and settled separately with his wife. From the Bible it is known about six generations of the Cain tribe, further information is not traced, it is believed that the descendants of Cain died during the Great Flood.

The third son of Adam and Eve was  Seth . Noah was a descendant of Seth.

According to the Bible, Adam lived for 930 years. According to Jewish legend, Adam rests in Judea, next to the patriarchs, according to Christian legend – on Golgotha.

The fate of Eve is unknown, however, in the apocryphal “Life of Adam and Eve” it is said that Eve dies 6 days after the death of Adam, having managed to bequeath to her children to carve the history of the life of the first people on stone.

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