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Chapter 4 - The Fall of Man
Humans were created to live trusting in God. When Adam and Eve were tricked into using their own understanding to act against the instructions of God, they became disconnected from God. This disconnection is an important element to understanding our current condition.
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. - Genesis 2:17
There has been some confusion regarding the instruction that God gave Adam. Some see the declaration to be interpreted that the process of physical death began the day the Adam and Eve sinned only to be concluded 900 years later. This seems a bit weak. We can see that on the day they sinned something changed.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. - Genesis 3:7-8
It has been suggested that the word ‘die’ (mûth) which means death (either literally or figuratively), could have meant a separation from God. We can see from the description that something had changed in their relationship with God.
We might be able to shed some light on what ‘died’ on the day Adam and Eve sinned by considering that the bible describes two types of ‘birth’.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. - John 3:5
Here we might consider that ‘water’ refers to natural physical birth and ‘Spirit’ refers to the regeneration of what ‘died’ at the time of Adam and Eve. What was lost came about through the abandonment of faith through the choice to follow our own will. The restoration of our relationship with God will rest on being ‘born again’ brought about through an opportunity to place our faith once again in Jesus.
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. - 1 Corinthians 15:44-47
Whatever it was that died in us when Adam and Eve sinned, it has left us to our own devices. We have an example of what such an abandonment leads to when we consider that after Adam, things got so bad on earth that everyone was exterminated except for eight people.
And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. - Genesis 6:5-9
There is that within the human heart apart from God that is self-destructive. To illustrate how far we have come from truth, many people today think that humans are basically good and constantly evolving to higher planes of consciousness.
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