Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 1 (Part Eleven)

Did God Condemn or Forgive Adam? 
Skeptics assert that because Adam did not die instantly Jehovah forgave him despite his earlier warning. Genesis 2:17 does makes it clear the Adam would die in the day he ate of the tree, so why did he live on for hundreds of years? Because Jehovah was not speaking literally. Psalms 90:4a (YLT) says: "For a thousand years in Thine eyes are as yesterday.” So the assumption that Adam was forgiven because he did not die instantly goes way. If God forgave Adam he would still be alive, but he is dead so he was not forgiven. There is no contradiction. 

Is Adam or Eve to Blame for Original Sin?  
Romans 5:12 (NLT) states: "When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned," so Adam is to blame. But why does 1 Timothy 2:14 (NIV) say: " Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner?" Because they are actually both correct. Adam and Eve sinned, but Adam’s sin was worse since he knew Satan was lying and that it was wrong to eat the fruit. Also he was the head of the family, so for these two reasons he is counted as bringing sin into the world of mankind while Eve isn’t. There is no contradiction. 

Was Adam Allowed to Eat Everything in the Garden of Eden?  
Genesis 1:29 says that men - then only Adam and Eve - were allowed to eat all plants. However Genesis 2:17 (KJV) states: "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." Do these verses contradict each other? No. Jehovah did not yet create the tree of the knowledge of good and evil so there was no need to prohibit it. Therefore there is no contradiction. 

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