I wanted to go into more detail on this concept, but Thorlongus did indeed introduce it first:
Originally posted by Thorlongus22
reply to post by windsorblue
The reason why God didn't smite Adam and Eve is because, it was part of his plan to have them partake of the fruit. God said that they could choose
to eat it but that he forbade it. He gave us free agency to do what we want. Satan came and tricked Eve into eating it and because she ate it, she
would become mortal and be cast out of Eden so Adam ate it too, so that he would be with his wife. The reason I say it is a part of his plan is
because while they were in the garden of Eden, they were immortal and couldn't have children, but God gave them a commandment to go and replenish the
Earth. The only way they could do that was by becoming mortal.
I believe that partaking of the fruit was not a sin, per se. If I tell my kid to not touch the hot stove, and he does, I don't punish him further.
He would be making an innocent, but incorrect decision. Just like a young child, Adam and Eve didn't have enough understanding to willfully "sin"
against God; only partaking of the fruit gave them the knowledge (hence the fig leaves post-fruit). In fact, God does not declare eating the fruit to
be a sin. He says (KJV Gen. 2:16,17):
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 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.
Just as I would explain the consequences of a fresh burn to a five year old, God explains the consequences of their choice to them further into the
chapter. In my case, I would explain physics and physiology. For God, to be honest means he must be clear that "I will multiply your sorrows", etc
etc, because God cannot contradict his own law, and he must change them from immortal to mortal.
Note that after explaining the consequences, God provides proper clothing to protect Adam and Eve as they go out into the world. (Gen. 3:21). This and
other guidance shows a loving God who is still focused on the success of his children.
Contrast this with the other great command which God gave Adam and Eve, prior to eating the fruit (KJV Gen 1:27,28):
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the
fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
It is widely accepted that prior to partaking of the fruit Adam and Eve were immortal, innocent and unable (either physically or intellectually) of
"multiplying and replenishing the earth."
Eve, as is so often the case with many wives, figured it out before Adam. There were two conflicting commands. When the serpent tempted her, I
absolutely believe that she understood the concept involved. They could not follow both commandments. Once she brought the fruit to Adam, he knew he
was commanded to stay with his wife, and must also partake to obey (KJV Gen. 2:24).
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Was the knowledge of good and evil gained prematurely? Perhaps yes through satan's intervention, or perhaps not, as God was well aware and allowed
satan to tempt the innocent Eve. Allowing this to play out would put into motion His plan by which all our souls have come to earth. If the fruit were
to remain untouched, God's express work in the creation of humanity would be stalled out.