It would be very helpful for people to have a context. For people who wish to weigh in on the topic to have read
You would actually need to read Job to further enlighten what the basis for this confrontation/case is all about.
In the ongoing rebellion of Satan you learn that the issue raised is one of sovereignty.
Most people understand that a good deal of the Bible deals with The Law.
To demonstrate how loving and easy the government of GOD was he used a fruit. We do not know what kind,
because it was merely an object of demonstration. It could have been anything. GOD could have said all the Earth I give to you to go forth and
multiply, extend this garden around the world and subdue the land.
(Therefore sex and procreation were not forbidden).
The only thing I ask is do not drink from this river. Or do not build on this spot of land.
Instead, HIS only law to demonstrate his sovereignty was to forbid the eating of fruit from a SINGLE tree.
It was a beautiful tree with desirable fruit. But, so were all the other thousands of trees.
By obeying GOD and not eating the fruit was THE ONE AND ONLY LAW.
He told them that to do so would result in their death. And gradually they did die.
Before then, the prospect of living forever with no sickness and death entering into the world was the promise.
Satan offered the woman the fruit because he knew that the man loved his wife and would obey her word over GOD's. So he mislead Eve with the thought
that with choosing for herself to do so would result in HER being a sovereign as well. Like a goddess.
She in turn knew what was meant by the knowledge of good and bad as soon as she ate from it.
She was filled with remorse and fear and regret that she had never known before. This was new knowledge to her. With it meant that in choosing this
one sign of her own "sovereignty" was that she woud henceforth have to
choose every move in her mind to decide what was the right and wrong thing to do! An extreme burden that she
did not want to take on nor was she wise enough to do so on her own.
She went to the man and told him what she had done and mislead him, compounding matters for herself, to make her first deceit of the man. She told
him how wonderful it was and in order to please the woman and that she not have superiority over him, he ate it. Then he too, was filled with guilt,
anger and remorse because it was just a stupid piece of fruit that was no better than any other. However, it carried with it the same burden as for
the woman. He now would have to decide for himself every little thing of what is good and what is bad.
The first thing they did was hide. Because they became fearful in the knowledge that they would die.
They feared being killed. In hiding, they became ashamed of their nakedness, their second executive decision.
So they made clothes out of leaves to hide among the trees.
When asked by GOD what they were doing, they eventually fessed up but the man sought to shift blame for his own actions and instead blamed GOD and not
the woman. He said, "Well you're the one who gave her to me"!
Already this new found knowledge of good and bad made them make one bad personal decision after another and possess a darker and darker heart of
deception and dishonor. They were relieved to know they would not die right away.
That it was their very minds now corrupted that would lead to their bodies being corrupted likewise and would be the cause of their death along with a
much harder life when forced to make it on their own outside the garden.
Because the link between the mind, heart and body was unknown to them before that for one to become imperfect, all became imperfect on the cellular
level. Once their DNA became damaged, all their offspring would inherit these imperfections, and be compounded by their own imperfections, leading to
sickness and death.
As an aside, I wonder if the word for genes was not deliberately chosen from the book Genesis.
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