Genesis 2:16-17: “And the Lord God commanded man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
The curse of man happened after the eating of the fruit from the tree in the garden. It wasn’t so much the fruit that resulted in the curse, but Adam and Eve’s act of disobedience to God’s one command. But, how did the first two humans even know what sin was?
At this point in history, there was no evil affecting the world. The creation was still “very good.” Sin had not yet entered the world. God gave commands on what Adam and Eve could do and specifically told them not to eat from the one tree in the garden. By knowing that it would be wrong to eat from the tree, Adam and Eve had the knowledge of what was wrong. They knew it would be wrong to disobey God by breaking this one rule. They chose to break the rule, and sin entered the world afterward.
It’s similar to telling a child not to touch a hot stove. Inevitably, the child is going to touch it and get burned. Through the child’s disobedience, he suffered the consequence (injury). Likewise, God forbade the eating of the one tree in the garden because of its consequence (physical death, curse on humans, animals, and the earth). Adam and Eve knew it was wrong, but they still did it.
It should also be added that Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, which means they understood right from wrong because God’s standards for right and wrong are part of His character. Laws in this world are in place regardless of them being spoken or written down. For example, gravity will take effect regardless of your knowledge of gravity. If you visit a city and don’t know the speed limit, and then get caught speeding, you are still guilty of breaking the law even though you didn’t know the speed limit.
Genesis 2:19-20: “Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.”
Today there are millions of species of animals, but a species has multiple definitions. When talking about creation, we use the word “kind,” which is closer to the “family” in the standard classification system. Take the canine kind for example: There are wolves, dingoes, coyotes, domestic dogs, and foxes. Then, from each of these species comes a plethora of even more species (Retrievers, Poodles, Terriers, etc.). The scripture above implies that Adam named the animals in a short time, and its possible it happened in one day. He named the animals but was unable to find an appropriate help mate. God then put Adam to sleep and formed Eve, his wife, from Adam’s side. While naming them, he was trying to also find a helper.
Skeptics claim that Adam could not have named the millions of animals in existence, much less remember them all. To answer this claim, we must consider two things. Adam was the first human, and although he later sinned, he still had near perfect genetics and minimal effects from the curse. Therefore, Adam’s memory was much more intact and detailed because it was not affected by thousands of years of curse, like us today. Second, most likely Adam named only the kinds of animals God had created. God commanded the animals to reproduce after their kind. But, with there being only a short time frame from the creation to the command for Adam to name the animals, there would not have been any offspring from the created kinds yet. Therefore, the animals did not speculate from their kind. Only the representative kinds would have been available for Adam to name.
In the past, creationists have claimed that Noah, who had taken each of the representative kinds of animals on the ark, may have had as many as 16,000 kinds on board. Lately, however, through the research being done for the preparation of the Ark Encounter Project, estimates of the kinds has greatly reduced to less than 1,000 kinds/families. See this articlefor more information about creation taxonomy, also known as baraminology.
Adam and Eve, realizing they were naked, sewed together leaves to cover up their nudity. This was their own work being done in an attempt to cover their sin. God sacrificed an animal and used the dead animal’s skin to provide garments for Adam and Eve. An animal had to die to atone for their sins and provide the covering for their nudity. Blood was shed, and without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins (Heb. 9:22). Adam’s rebellion was a real event, but it was also prophetic of how about 4,000 years later, Jesus would be sacrificed to cover the sins of the world. Our own works (clothes made of leaves) do not atone for our sin, but the blood of a blameless sacrifice (Jesus) made the full atonement. Jesus chose to redeem his creation from the mess that it created. This is true, unconditional love. Putting our faith in Jesus and confessing our sins to him guarantees us a life in Heaven with him.
Adam was the first man created and he sinned, causing a separation between God and his creation. We are all decedentsof Adam and therefore all have this separation. We are all born of Adam, have the sin nature, and are destined to die in a cursed world. Jesus, who was fully man and fully God, came to restore the creation after Adam. Through our Redeemer, we can be born again and live with him in Heaven for eternity, where there will be no more curse.
Children’s books often portray Adam and Eve with light coloredskin. However, using basic genetics, if Adam and Eve were both light colored, then all of their children, including people today, would be light colored. If Adam and Eve were both dark colored, then all people today would be dark colored. Neither of these scenarios is possible because there are people with dark, medium, and light colored skin throughout the world. However, if Adam was dark colored and Eve was light colored, then they would be able to produce a wide variety of children. Or, if they both had medium-colored skin and had the genetics for light and dark skin, that would also allow for the diversity of colors we see today.
After Adam’s sin of rebellion, his children and all of the coming generations would be affected by sin, and the end result would be death. Sin and corruption “flooded” the Earth up to the point that everyone was wicked. Everyone did whatever they thought was right in their own eyes (relative morality). God, grieving over the utter depravity of society, chose to destroy the evil in the world with a global flood (Gen. 6:5-8; Gen. 6:13) and start anew with Noah, his family, and two of each kindof animal that was on the ark. Noah was a righteous man and that is why God chose him, but still, Noah had sin in his life because he was a descendantof Adam. Some may not think that it was fair for God to destroy all life. Remember that although God is love but he is also just, and he judges sin. If God let evil run rampant forever, what kind of protector would he be?
After the fall, Adam was cursed by making his work more difficult. Adam was in charge of growing crops for food, and as implied by the text, prior to the Fall it was not a difficult task. The curse resulted in the work being more difficult because thorns and thistles started to grow. You can imagine Adam sticking his hand down and getting stuck by a painful thorn. He also had to work by the sweat of his brow, implying that the heat would make it more difficult for him, such as causing him to become fatigued and have to rest, thus slowing down his progress.
This is an age old questions that has been debated by theologians and philosophers for centuries. It is also asked: Why do good things happen to bad people? The answer is simple and it lies in Genesis Chapter 3. When God created everything, he said it was all “very good” and therefore there was no sin, no suffering, and no curse. However, God created humans with a free will, so there was a potential for man to rebel. After the fall of man, God pronounced a curse on Adam, Eve, and the Earth. From then on, people who initially would have lived forever with God in the earthly paradise would be destined to die (the curse). Death and suffering come in various forms, such as sickness, cancers, and genetic diseases. Today, we have countless diseases and genetic mutationsthat have caused much suffering. Many ask how God could allow this to happen, but this shows a lack of understanding the Scriptures.
The world we see today is fallen; it is full of violence, disease, injustice, and misery. God never wanted suffering and death, but since Adam rebelled and he is the father of all people, we have to suffer the consequences of his actions. We all have the sin nature and are subject to suffering. Bad things happen to good people because, there are no good people. We have all fallen. No child has to be taught to lie or disobey their parents—it comes natural, just as sin is natural. God is love but he is also just, and we are all under the curse, but we also have a an escape from the curse through Jesus. Suffering is a part of the Christian walk (2 Cor. 4:17) but our heavenly dwelling place will be free from all effects of the curse.
If God did not exist, pain and suffering would still exist. To whom would you complain then? Why is it that people say God doesn’t exist because pain and suffering exist? Do they assume God is all good and all loving at all times and should therefore prevent all wrong? If we eliminate all the bad in the world, could we then use all the good as evidence for God?
By telling God what he should do, or by defining God according to your own terms based on what you want, you are committing idolatry. You are creating a god based on your standards. There are plenty of belief systems out there where they have created their own gods to fit their needs. Yet, they fail in explaining the nature of this fallen world.
God is all good, and all loving, but he is also a God of mercy, compassion, and justice. He punishes those who do wrong, but he is also merciful in withholding such discipline at times. Would you complain if God immediately punished you for everything you did wrong? What if you were arrested the moment you shoplifted? What if you were exposed as soon as you lied? What if you were accused of an affair as soon as you had a lustful thought for someone other than your spouse? God should punish us all immediately by this standard because we broke his law, yet he sometimes withholds justice because of his great mercy. Be thankful for that. Sometimes we complain about a person getting away with horrible crimes, and we ask “Where is God? Why won’t he do something about that criminal?” We, however, don’t say that when we are the ones doing wrong. We find many examples of God executing judgement in the Old and New Testaments where people did evil and God punished them severely. And rightfully so. But let’s not ignore the fact that in many cases, he gave them ample amount of time to repent of their sins, but they refused to repent. Could it be that God’s discipline is his way of turning this world back to Him?
What would you say if God intervened with every action you took? What if you tried to make an independent decision but was stopped every time because God wouldn’t let you have that freedom. You would have no free will and you would be his robot. Thankfully, God gives us free will. But our choices come with a price.
Pain is a good thing. There are children who feel no pain (like Gabby Gingras, Isaac Brown). This is not a good thing. They could suffer from appendicitis and no one would know until it is too late. They could rest their hand on a hot stove and not remove it until the third degree burns appear. The list of problems goes on. Because of pain, we learn to not touch the hot stove, to be careful with sharp objects, and to seek medical attention when our body is not acting right.
But why is there suffering? Why do we have so many health problems? For one, look at the unhealthy things we put in our body (free will). Sugary drinks, carbs, fat, genetically modified foods…no wonder we are so unhealthy and suffer the consequences. Let’s not blame God for our free will decisions.
But what about other types of suffering unrelated to our health like genetic disorders? The answer to that starts in the oft-ignored and mocked book of Genesis. If we go back to the beginning of time with Adam and Eve, we see that God created a perfect world. There was no death or suffering. When Adam rebelled against God (free will), the curse upon all living things began. Since we are related to Adam, we inherit the sin nature. If you don’t believe that, ask yourself if you ever had to train a child to lie, or train a child to be selfish or jealous or rebellious against their parent. You don’t have to train them because it is innate. Sin leads to consequences, and such consequences include suffering. As time has gone on, there has been an increase in suffering, wars, diseases, genetic mutations, and disorders. We see this affirmed in Romans 8:22 which tells us that all creation groans. The world is not getting better, and one of the biggest reasons for that is the growing rebellion against God.
There is a reason for pain and suffering, but that does not mean there is no God. If we read and understand the Bible, which is God’s word to us, we can then see why there is pain and suffering, and it is our due reward for our inherit rebellion against our very creator.
Fortunately, for those who confess their sins and acknowledge Jesus Christ as their savior, we have the surety of entering into Heaven after our death. There, we will have no further pain or suffering because the curse of Adam will be removed. The works of Satan will then be stopped. For those who reject the free gift of salvation, they face an eternity of pain and suffering with no relief. Please don’t make a decision to reject God based on your misunderstanding of Him. Those who have not been born again cannot fully understand the spiritual things of this world, but if you seek the truth you will find it
It’s unfortunate that so many misunderstand the Bible and God and form their belief system on their incorrect understandings. “God condones rape.” “It’s a sin today to wear mixed fabrics.” “God killed innocent people.” “God condones slavery.” The list goes on. All these statements are untrue. There are ample websites out there to answer these false claims. A quick Google search will provide you with more than enough feasible answers to all these questions. Have you taken the time to research it?
Adam and Eve were banned from the garden because of their act of rebellionand disobedience. Had God not banned them, they would have eventually eaten from the Tree of Life, which was also in the garden (Gen. 2:9), and lived forever. Remember, though, that as a punishment for their sin, their bodies were affected with the curse. If they ate from the Tree of Life then they would live forever in a disease ridden body, resulting in their life being an eternal, miserable existence. God banned Adam and Eve to prevent them from an eternity of suffering. This is another act of divine love.
The first two people created on Earth were Adam and Eve. You can follow their lineage in Genesis Chapter 5 to show that Noah was a descendant of Adam and Eve (Gen 5:29). Noah married and had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japeth. Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives (each had one wife) were the only people on board the ark and the sole survivors of the global flood. After they got off the ark, God commanded them to be fruitful and multiply (Gen. 9:7). The three sons had many children with their wives (see Genesis Chapter 10 & 11) and we are all descendants from them (Gen. 9:19). Therefore, we are all descendants from Adam and Eve, and therefore we are all related.
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