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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.
Now it seems to me the first sin was disobeying god by eating the from the tree he told them not to eat from. God goes on to punish Adam and Eve and the serpent (which is simply described as “ More subtil than any other beast”). At this point I cannot help but think: Clearly this God did not intend for us to know the difference between Good and Evil, or even know there were such things.
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
Originally posted by ovumcranium
Interesting contemplations. Perhaps if you have the knowledge of good and evil, you then have the power to choose to be good or evil. And God did not want those who chose to be evil around forever...
According to the story, they obviously did not die that "day", but a day is as a thousand years, and Adam died at what, 930 years? Just a thought.
I"m not much of a bible scholar, But I've often heard the bible was "Inspired by god". That he would speak or send visions to prophets of these things that have allegedly passed, and it was they who wrote the bible... Or something equally similar. In any case, I believe very few of the things I'd find in the bible. I never made the claim that that God is mine, or that my struggle was faith based, But that makes do difference.. Please being something of substance to the table.
Originally posted by CaptChaos
The first thing to consider:
If God created Earth and everything, how can we have these stories? Since there were NO PEOPLE there to record what happened, where did these stories come from? Who saw this stuff happening?
That right there throws the entire book out the window. It starts RIGHT OFF with utter BS.
Then, your "God" told them not to eat from the tree, or they would "surely die". So the first thing your "God" did was LIE.
SO why should you believe ANYTHING this "God" said? From the very first he was a LIAR.
Who did that "God" tell you was the Father of Lies?