A couple days ago (or more like a week ago at this point) i got into a discussion with a good friend about Adam and Eve. Eventually this discussion turned into a debate and things went down hill from there.
My friend made the comment that if it wern’t for Eve’s sin then life would be perfect. He then followed up with ‘It’s always the womans fault.’ To this, I countered, why didn’t Adam stop her.
Before I go any farther, open up the Bible to Genesis. Read all of Genesis 1, 2 and 3 for good measure. Focus on the details. Now let me point out some specific points of the story.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eatof it you will certainly die.”
– Genesis 2:15-17
God then creates all the animals and, when Adam could find no suitable helper, He created woman from the rib (literally: the side) of man. Andwhen Adam sees her for teh first time, he sings. They are naked and they feel no shame (Genesis 2:18-25).
So, enter the serpent. note: the serpent is NOT Satan, Lucifer or a demon.
Now, the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He siad to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘Youmust not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'”
– Genesis 3:1-3
Lets stop here and think about what was said in these couple verses. Look at how the serpent phrased the question and, in response, the woman (who isn’t named Eve till after God ‘curses’ them Genseis 3:20) answers the question. Look at her response, then look back at Genseis 2, when God commands Adam not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
She misquotes God. She adds in a little part about not touching the fruit. But whos fault is that?
Wasn’t it Adams responsibility as cultivator and leader to make sure the woman knew the commands of the Lord God? Why didn’t he stop her when she made this statement, he was there (Genesis 3:6) with her?
I’m not making a definite, “This is who sinned first” statement, but just want people to think before they put the blame of sin on Eve and women as a whole.
Just some thoughts
God Bless and PEACE