In Gen 1:30 we see that God has given to all living things (plants excluded) permission to eat from every green herb (plant life). This excludes the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil(Gen. 2:17) Remember, there was no death or blood shed at this time, so no people or animals were eating anything that was alive (that is, anything with blood in it). Plants and fruits were used as the only source of food. After the fall of man, sin entered the world and animals began to eat other animals. Blood was shed and death occurred. We find fossils of fish in the process of eating other fish, so this shows that before the great flood, animals were eating each other. Most likely, people were eating animals as well, but God did not give permission for animal consumption until after the flood (Gen 9:3).
Some may ask why dinosaurs have sharp teeth if they did not use them to eat meat. That is a reasonable question, but the presence of sharp teeth do not require that an animal eats meat. Sharp teeth are needed for tearing certain plants and opening certain fruits. Pandas have sharp teeth but they only eat bamboo and vegetation. Bears have sharp teeth but some bears are strictly vegetarian. Some species of bats eat fruit, nectar, insects, small animals, and blood, but you could not determine this by the shape of their teeth.
Eve is the mother of all human beings. God cursed her and her offspring by increasing the pain she would experience during childbirth. Also, God created division between husband and wife, where the wife would want to rule over the husband, but the husband would be the one ruling over her instead. This does not mean, though, that the wife would be a submissive slave. The husband is to love his wife like Christ loves the church (his followers). The husband is to be willing to make sacrifices and love her unconditionally. This curse on Eve is similar to the theological term of Federal Headship.
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.
Some may disagree, but RTG believes that Adam and Eve did not have children until after they sinned. The reason being is if a child was born before the fall of man, then that child would be sinless just like Adam and Eve. When Adam ate from the fruit, he passed on the sin nature to all humans, including everyone today. Because of Adam’s rebellion, all people will eventually die (Rom. 5:12). If Adam had a child beforehand, then that child would not inherit the curse(unless he also ate some of the fruit) and therefore not have to experience death and suffering. That child would theoretically still be living today. The Bible is not clear on this question and it remains as a debatable issue.
Also known as “Original Sin,” the Fall of Man was the event of Adam disobeying God. It is not known at what time this occurred, but it had to be after the 7th day of Creation when God declared everything to be “very good” (there was no sin if everything was “very good”). Genesis Chapter 3 records Adam and Eve residing in the Garden where God placed them. God gave them permission to eat from every tree in the garden except one: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This was a literal tree that bore fruit. Satan, in the form of a serpent, questioned Eve about what God had commanded her regarding that particular tree. Eve replied that she would die if she ate from it. Satan said that she would not die but instead be like God and her eyes would be opened, allowing her to know good and evil. Deceived, Eve ate some of the fruit and shared it with Adam. Immediately after, they both realized that they were naked and they tried to cover their nakedness with leaves.
Both Adam and Eve knew that it was wrong to eat from that particular tree, yet they still did it. They had the option of walking away from the tree and eating something else. Even still today, when we are tempted, God provides us with an escape route so that we can avoid the temptation (1 Cor. 10:13). Their act of rebellion resulted in banishment from the garden, and all people would be born with a sin nature and one day die. We all sufferbecause of Adam’s sin. Thankfully, Jesus has provided a wayto live forever with Him.
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