Eve was deceived, Adam was not

Eve was deceived, Adam was not

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This article is a refutation of Matt Slick’s article that he has written in an attempt to refute my teaching on 1 Timothy 2:11-15. **While Matt Slick refuses to debate these teachings in writing on this blog, stating that he is concerned that I would possibly edit his statements (I have promised I would not edit his writings and I certainly do not need to do that to refute him!), my offer extends to another neutral web site that would host the debate where neither one of us would be accused of editing the other’s words. I find it quite odd that someone would use so many excuses to avoid a written debate. Matt has already provided his argument in writing on his web site. Why would I need to edit it? I have no problem in refuting what Matt has already written. I can understand why he would not want to enter into a written debate. He doesn’t do as well in a written form of debate. His style is to verbally attack his opponent and that is much harder to do with a written debate. A written debate would hold him accountable to keep his words respectful since it would be open to be viewed by his peers and the church as a whole. If he continues to refuse a written debate I would suggest that it is time for Matt to stop attacking egalitarians as if they are enemies of the gospel of Christ and go on to something else.**

1 Timothy 2:13, 14 makes it very clear that Adam was first created/Adam was not deceived AND Eve was second created/Eve was deceived. We need to pay attention to what Paul said and to understand how this deception and (no deception) relates to the prohibition of 1 Timothy 2:12. See my related articles Why Adam was not deceived;
Why was the sin of Adam more serious than the sin of Eve? part one
Why was the sin of Adam more serious part two

In Matt Slick’s article he says:

The argument from the egalitarians is that Eve was deceived and Adam was not. Therefore, sin entered the world through him because her sin was not as bad as Adams.

This is a misrepresentation of my view. Adam’s sin and Eve’s actual sin were the same. Both of them ate the fruit and both of them sinned in this way. However their reasons for sinning were not the same and my articles listed above show what scripture says about the reasons.

Matt continues:

First of all, even if it were true that her sin was not as bad as Adams, by what logic is it necessary that sin must enter the world through Adam and not Eve? At best, it’s a theory, an opinion.

It is not a theory nor an opinion when scripture tells us about the heart attitude. While scripture says that Eve was thoroughly deceived (2 Cor. 11:3), the scripture also says that Adam acted treacherously against God and the Hebrew term also means to deal treacherously with, to be traitorous, to act unfaithfully, to betray God (Hosea 6:7).

Adam’s motive for sinning was not the same as Eve’s and God held Adam accountable in a greater way because of his motive. God is the one who reads the hearts and he judged between Adam and Eve differently. The sin nature comes through Adam alone. What I would like to ask Matt is where in scripture does it say that sin came through Adam because Adam was given an authority over all mankind and it was his authority that brought sin into the world? Please show me a verse that speaks about Adam’s authority. The fact is there is nothing of the sort in scripture. The only thing that shows a difference between Adam and Eve and their sin is their motive. The one who sinned willfully and with knowledge also was responsible for bringing willful sin into the world. I noticed that in Matt’s article he completely ignored Hosea 6:7. Why does Matt ignore the verse that gives God’s reason for holding Adam accountable for bringing sin into the world? Adam was the one who has betrayed God. It is because it doesn’t fit in with Matt’s “theory” that man was created as a leader, and has an authority that belongs only to the male.

Next Matt writes:

Second, being deceived doesn’t excuse a person… I searched through the Bible examining all 179 occurrences of deceive, deceived, deceit, deception, etc., and I found none that support the idea that being deceived is less an offense to God or somehow excuses a person from the consequence of that deception.

What Matt has failed to answer is Paul’s argument in 1 Timothy 1:13. Paul shows that one who acts in unbelief can receive mercy from God just as he received mercy from God when his violent actions were the result of his ignorance and unbelief.

1 Timothy 1:13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief;

When Eve became completely deceived (the Greek in 2 Cor. 11:3 shows that Eve’s deception was full and complete) she was lead astray (spoiled, ruined, corrupted) and she no longer believed God’s truth. Once the truth was taken from her and she believed the lie, she took the fruit fully believing that it was not wrong to eat the fruit. It was in this full and complete deception that she acted in unbelief.

Just as Eve strayed from the truth through deception, so too are the false teachers in Ephesus teaching error because of their ignorance and unbelief:

1 Timothy 1:6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion,

1 Timothy 1:6 Amplified version But certain individuals have missed the mark on this very matter [and] have wandered away into vain arguments and discussions and purposeless talk.

1 Timothy 1:7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

In 1 Timothy 1:6 the NASB says “some men”. The Greek is literally “tis” meaning “some”. It is a generic term that can mean males and females not just men. These false teachers are deceived regarding the truth just as Eve was deceived and they have been taken spoil by their error. Paul said that one who sins in such a way through their ignorance and unbelief can receive God’s mercy in spite of such terrible sin. While I have never claimed that deception excuses a person from the consequences of their actions, what I have claimed is that God is able to break into their lives to give these deceive people mercy that they do not deserve. Paul received such mercy (1 Timothy 1:13) and Eve received such mercy (the “seed” which is the Messiah was promised through her and not through the man).

Once again Matt Slick completely ignores the verses that I have brought up to prove my point from scripture. He is not able to disprove the point of the verses and thus has chosen to ignore my argument rather than to deal with it.

Matt Slick asks:

Therefore, are we to conclude that Eve was somehow excused from her sin or that its severity was lessened because she was deceived?

Eve is not excused from her sin; she received mercy because she did not sin willfully. Eve sinned because she was deceived by the deceiver and not because her attitude was deliberate betrayal and God to give her mercy by promising to bring the Messiah through only the woman. Through her the Messiah would destroy the deceiver. What a merciful God we have!

Matt’s next point is that Esau was deceived out of his blessing and he had to suffer the full consequences:

The point is that the effects wrought through deception are powerful and not lessened in consequence upon the one deceived even though it is from deception.

Matt’s use of Esau as an example of someone being deceived appears to be ill advised. Esau sold his birthright to Jacob and the Bible describes his actions as immoral and godless:

Heb 12:16 that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.

While Jacob may have deceived his Father, he did not deceive Esau. Esau willingly sold his birthright for a single meal because he despised his birthright.

Gen 25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.

Esau did not receive mercy because he sold his birthright willingly and with his eyes wide open to what he was doing.

Gen 25:32 Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?”

Heb 12:17 For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.

God rejected Esau and he did not find mercy. He was not deceived. Matt’s application of Esau shows a faulty application and a clear misunderstanding of deception.

Matt ends his article with these words:

Saying that Adam had a greater offense and that is why sin entered the world is nothing more than guesswork. It is an opinion not substantiated by Scripture and not required by logic. Therefore, the argument has no weight.

Matt has not dealt with my argument nor has he dealt with the scriptures that I quoted. So while he ignores my scriptural argument, he can turn a blind eye to that argument and say “that it is an opinion not substantiated by Scripture”. What Matt should have done is deal with the scriptural argument and not ignore the scriptures and then claim victory. Matt’s argument is not convincing neither does it refute my claims.

Also what Matt does not do is give a scriptural proof that Adam was given an authority over humanity and this authority is why sin entered the world. I would encourage Matt to:

1. Show from scripture where it says that sin came into the world because Adam was given special authority.

2. Deal with my scriptural proof or admit that he does not have an answer to the reason why Paul applies the first created/not deceived vs second created/deception of the woman, to the prohibition in 1 Timothy 2:12.

40 thoughts on “Eve was deceived, Adam was not

  1. I have a suggestion to improve your webside.  At the very beginning of the page, make a PDF downloadable file of the teaching.  This way a person can just download that and have it in a handy form.  CBMW does this for many of its teachings, and we can learn from them in this.

    I would think another thing would be to date it, and note revisiions if needed.

  2. An improvement 1 Tim 1:6 says simply “tis” meaning “some”.  “Some men” may lead some to think that only males were involved in the false teaching, which is not what the Greek implies.
     

  3. Don,

    You are very helpful! I have changed the post to make sure that no one would misunderstand the English to think that Paul was talking about “males”.

    I also think it is a great idea to also put my posts as pdf files. I will work on that addition as I have time. Excellent ideas for improvement for sure!

  4. What translation are you using?

    The ALT, ESV, KJV and LITV all have just “some”.

  5. It is sad but accurate to accept that the NASB and NIV and many other translations added masculine terms in English where they do not exist in Greek.

  6. After they sinned, how did they respond to God?

    1. Eve announced that she was deceived
    2. Adam blamed Eve and God (That woman YOU gave me)

    Could this be why scripture teaches that Eve was deceived (she still sinned) but Adam deliberately sinned?

  7. Gen 3:13

     

     
    And Jehovah God said to the woman, What is
    this you have done? And the woman said, The serpent deceived me, and I ate.

  8. The serpent said something that was not true and the woman believed it.

    Gen 3:4 And the serpent said to the woman, Dying you shall not die,

    This was something that was not true that the serpent said.

  9. Lin,
    The events after Adam and Eve ate the fruit show a couple of things:

    1. Eve realizes that she had been deceived. Her eyes were opened to her state of deception and who deceived her.

    2. Adam’s blaming of the woman (the fact that he was offered the fruit by a deceived woman is no excuse for Adam to eat. Eve did not deceive Adam) and God (blaming God for giving him the woman) shows that Adam was acting in rebellion against God and he took no responsibility for his sin.
    God knew their hearts and knowing their hearts allowed God to give an act of mercy to Eve. God treated Adam differently by kicking Adam out of the garden. God determined that it was the man who had a heart that would rebel against God and eat from the now forbidden tree of life if he were left in the garden.

    Also God did not ask Adam what Eve had done and this proves that each person was held responsible for their own sin and that the man was in rebellion while the woman was deceived and she did not act out of a desire to be in rebellion. There is no other reason given in scripture for why it was only Adam who brought sin into the world and hierarchists who want to read an authority over all of humanity given to Adam have no scripture that states this “fact”. They have to read it into the text. I believe it is time that we start reading scripture for what it says and that we should also pay attention to what scripture doesn’t say instead of relying on the presupposition that church tradition has taught us.

  10. Another idea to improve the website is to put the forward and backward pointers ALSO after the end of all comments (like exist int he header).  As it is now, the reader goes all the way down to read the latest posts, then all the way back up to go backwards or forwards.

  11. If Adam had been given an authority that allowed him and only him to carry sin into the world, first it would be stated clearly.  God doesn’t try to confuse us about important things.  Then it would seem reasonable, that just like God kicked Adam out of the garden for misusing his privileges, God would have removed that supposed authority.
     
    The fact that both the man and the woman suffered the same results for their sin, death (which ballooned into a myriad of other results), really belies any supposed special privileges for Adam.

  12. Don,

    I figured out how to create PDF documents and I put it on this post and will do so on each post after this.  I don’t know when I will get to posting them on each article in the past but sometime when I have a life back again or when I want to just take a break from editing.  As far as the forward and back button, I’ll give that to my son to see if he can figure it out.

  13. Don,
    Ryan figured out how to add the go back or forth in the posts at the end of the comments too. Thanks for the suggestion and thanks to Ryan for his good work!

    Oops, it disappeared after he put 10 comments per page. Oh well. I think the comment pages works well now.

  14. Okay, good news.  My son figured out a way to have program installed that will email a person a pdf copy of my posts instead of me making my own copy.  At the bottom of each post is a box where you can enter your email address and you should get an email back immediately with the pdf copy of the post.  Cool eh?

  15. I don’t know what Mr. Slick is so afraid of.  Why is he so averse to a written debate?  Luther and Erasmus duked it out on paper.  When you think about it, paper has the advantage of a being better vehicle of fairness, because then both sides are held to a stricter standard of accountability.  Why? Because the time element then becomes less of a factor and there is virtually no way one side or the other can rig the results.

  16. The print is tiny on the pdf request, at least for me.  Any way of making it larger?  Thanks.

  17. something is wrong. I cannot find any comments beyond the 19th. They are showing up under the comments stream, but not under the actual posts.

  18. tiro,
    The comments have been changed so that there are 10 comments per page .  Underneath the 10 comments are page numbers and you can go through each page or you can hit the “Show All” and that option puts the comments back the way they were with all of them on one page.  I don’t think there were more than the 19 comments on this post.  My “fences” post had 74 comments and they seem to be all there.
    So if anyone has a problem with viewing the comments per page or would rather that I made more comments per page, just let me know and I can adjust that.  And of course clicking on “Show All” gets you back to just one page.

  19. Cheryl or Anyone,

    I have a quick Question on Genesis 3:7

    When there eyes “Both” became open? Why did both there eyes open at the same time? Why didn’t her eyes open first then his?

    Once Adam sinned wih his eyes open (wilfully) was it at that moment that Eve (The Woman) realized she was tricked/thoroughly deceived! Please help I need more understanding on this passage! 
    I want to go alittle deeper in my understanding of this verse. Some people take this verse out of context and try to put Adam in a special role and that’s why both there eyes were open or something to that affect. Anyway please give me the right context. Thanks guys

  20. Michael,

    Your question is a good on on Genesis 3:7.  If the opening of the eyes came from eating the fruit as it appears to be the case, then it would make sense that the opening of their eyes would come when the fruit became digested and into their system.  That would likely happen at about the same time for both of them.  After all God said that the “day” that they ate of the fruit they would die.  He didn’t say that the instant they ate the fruit they would die.  If we consider the fruit to be like a poison, the poison then becomes effective once it gets into our system.  Again, since she ate and then gave the fruit to her husband, their systems would digest the fruit at about the same time.  Once it started to become a part of them, the fruit did it’s work.

    I hope that helps 🙂

  21. Thanks Cheryl,

     Now that makes more sense to me. Eating of the fruit happened so fast, first she eats then adam eats. Then the Holy spirit tells us that the eyes of “both” became open. Notice the scripture makes clear it was both! Sin affected them the same, He(Adam) sinned with his eyes wide open and She (Eve) knew at that moment that she was tricked! Sin worked it’s poison in both!

  22. Aonther question that comes up is this,

     I alway hear alot of pastors say no one wanted to take the blame from eating of the tree but wanted to blame the other! Adam blames God and the Woman.

    The Woman (tells the truth) The sepent tricked me and I did eat! How much clearer can she be! I thinkalot of pastors like to read into this and make it appear that the woman was just like adam (Playing the blame game). I don’t see it , when God questions the Woman. She told the truth, she was tricked by the sepent and thats why she ate. Notice she doesn’t blame adam or God but tells the truth. I can see why God would be mercyful on the woman! Your throughts on this Cheryl or anyone.

  23. What both said are true, both are trying to lessen their responsibility. 

    However, the woman is blaming the deceiver for being deceived.
    This is a mitigating situation.

    The man is blaming a deceived person when he himself was not deceived and them blaming God!  This is NOT a mitigating situation and it is totally whacked to blame God.  We are to see the man as a rebel, the woman is not a rebel.

  24. Thanks Don for your great insight into these deep things for us Christians!

    What do you mean by This is a mitigating situation. I’m not understanding this word. Thanks Don

  25. From m-w.com

    mitigating
    1: to cause to become less harsh or hostile : mollify <aggressiveness may be mitigated or…channeled — Ashley Montagu>2 a: to make less severe or painful : alleviate b: extenuate

    Mitigating in this case means the woman was deceived AND THEN SHE RECOGNIZED she was deceived.  She is acting redemptively.  The man is the opposite, he knows better and still did it and INSTEAD of blaming the serpent, he blames the woman and then God.

    In other words, in their current situation, there is hope for the woman to do better next time (if there would ever be a next time or similar time), but not so much for the man, as his view of what happened means he is likely stuck.

  26. I am transferring a comment from Maurie Nord from the old location of this post. Here is Maurie’s comment below:
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    great site and arguments are irrefutable, in my opinion.

    Meditation upon the bare-bones Genesis record reveals that the temptation of Eve did not happen in a moment. That is, Eve just happens to wander by the tree, the serpent is there and tricks her in a minute.

    In spite of all the good and precious gifts God had given her, Eve was tempted to believe that God was not trustworthy and that He was secretly holding out on her regarding the knowledge of good and evil. These thoughts were probably already in Eve’s mind and those very thoughts had led her to the vicinity of the tree on occasional solitary walks, for it is not likely that Adam would stand silently by and listen to her conversation with the serpent. I am persuaded that at the beginning of creation, all animals had the power of speech, and that is why Eve never expressed surprise when the serpent spoke to her. This beautiful serpent submitted to and was obviously possessed by Satan and he begins by questioning Eve about what God had said about the tree of Knowledge. Eve had not been present when God gave Adam the command to not eat of the fruit of this tree, so Adam likely taught Eve himself. Commentators sometimes accuse Eve of adding to God’s word when she states that not only were they not to eat of the fruit, they were not even to touch it lest they die. However, I do not think that Eve was adding to God’s word of her own accord, rather she was probably repeating what Adam had told her. In his warning to Eve about the tree, Adam probably added “and don’t even touch it” as an extra measure to scare her away from the tree entirely. How many solitary trips had Eve previously taken to view the tree and ponder it? And how often had Satan observed her growing interest in it until he managed to get possession of this serpent which finally opened itself to the entry of this evil being? Of course it is speculation, but I find it difficult to imagine Eve so quickly falling to something so seriously forbidden by God. I suspect she loved the beauty and wise words of the charming serpent. She enjoyed more than one conversation with him.

    I also suspect that Eve had thought about it for a long time until at last she was “ripe” for Satan’s picking so that when he point blank denied the Word of God and called Him a liar who was holding out on her, she believed the lie and first, she touched the fruit. She did not die as Adam said, so next she ate some and she did not die. On this final walk to the tree, she probably spent so much time in contemplation, that Adam set out to find her. Missing her conversation with the serpent, and arriving just in time to witness her eat the forbidden fruit, he must have been devastated, for now he was faced with the prospect of losing Eve. When he saw that she did not die after eating it, he looked into the lustful, alluring eyes of a fallen woman. He knowingly rejected God and in reality, he loved her more than he loved God. This was the first case of idolatry, the worship of the goddess, mother of all evil perpetuated to this day. Indeed, worship of the goddess is the oldest form of idolatry from which springs all manner of perversions and witch craft. The apostle Paul explicitly teaches that Eve was deceived regarding the fruit, but Adam was not and he made a deliberate choice to join Eve in her consequences. Eve’s egg was protected as pure and passed as pure down to Mary and all women. It is by fertilization of the sperm that a sin nature is introduce. God provided a pure sperm, likely the same as that of the first Adam before he fell, therefore Jesus, the second Adam was pure from sin.

  27. Maurie,

    I can see that you have given this issue much thought. There are some problems with the view, though, as the bible says that Adam was with Eve when she was being tempted. Unfortunately, though he should have spoken up since he was not deceived, he remained silent, and as a watchman on the wall who was to use his knowledge of truth to protect his wife, he failed miserably.

    Also it isn’t possible for Eve to be quoting Adam since the grammar she used is a direct quote of God. Eve said “God has said, “You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die”. If Eve was quoting Adam directly, she would have said “We shall not eat from it or touch it…” The “you” is plural showing that God spoke to both of them. Although God’s words are not quoted directly except through Eve’s words, we can know that she did not lie when she quoted God. God did not accuse her of lying about Him or misrepresenting His direct words.

    The Bible also describes Adam’s sin as treachery, Hosea 6:7. He does not describe Adam’s sin as goddess worship and this surely would have been identified by God if it was indeed true.

    Also God didn’t need to use sperm when Christ was formed in the womb of Mary, since sperm is a human term and Jesus did not have a human father.

  28. Hi Cheryl, yes I have given a lot of thought to it.

    “Adam was with Eve when she was being tempted”

    The verse doesn’t really say that Adam was with her while she was being tempted. It doesn’t say when he showed up exactly, just that he was there when she took a bite, and when she didn’t dies (Adam thought it would be immediate) he took some.

    “Also it isn’t possible for Eve to be quoting Adam since the grammar she used is a direct quote of God. Eve said “God has said, “You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die”. If Eve was quoting Adam directly, she would have said “We shall not eat from it or touch it…” The “you” is plural showing that God spoke to both of them. Although God’s words are not quoted directly except through Eve’s words, we can know that she did not lie when she quoted God. God did not accuse her of lying about Him or misrepresenting His direct words.”

    I meant that when Adam taught her about God’s command, HE Adam probably added and don’t even touch it, Even understanding that to be part of God’s command.

    “The Bible also describes Adam’s sin as treachery, Hosea 6:7. He does not describe Adam’s sin as goddess worship and this surely would have been identified by God if it was indeed true.”

    The seed of goddess worhip was there. I didn’t mean that it was full-blown, but it is a fact that from earliest times, Nimrod right through to Revelation, goddess worship is there. Ishtar (Easter) Aprodite, Diana, Artemus, Venus, Freya……..they are all the same. Led vile rituals of temple prostitutes, ritual sex, and nine months later, the sacrifice of the infants conceived. It was this that God wanted Israel to wipe out in Canaan, a major trade route, to help prevent the proliferation.

    “Also God didn’t need to use sperm when Christ was formed in the womb of Mary, since sperm is a human term and Jesus did not have a human father.”

    Did God use Mary’s egg? What did He use? How did He fertilize it? We must remember the man Jesus, our Lord, is both fully divine and fully human. In my opinion, her egg was pure, and God simply provided a pure, sinless sperm to fertilize it. This takes nothing away from sonship nor divinity.. The Eternal Son was incarnated into this perfect body, like Adam’s original body (Jesus is the second Adam) God is still the Father and the Holy Spirit was in Jesus without measure, the Three in one. Therefore, He was a physical descendant through Mary, a legal descendant through Joseph, and the Son of God proven by His resurrection from the dead with a CHANGED body which we know has astounding physical properties: solid, yet instantly auto-transportable even through closed buildings. Wounds which remain open to see, touch and penetrate. (Thomas)

  29. I would just add this to clarify a little further my thoughts about the seed of woman and the sinless Saviour Jesus.

    It was from the seed of Mary, that Jesus Christ was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit not having the sin nature of Adam, He is the pure, sinless, Son of God who came into the world to take back the authority seized by Satan at the fall. He is the Second Adam, the Son of God, and the apocalyptic Son of Man in whom will be the consummation of all history. However, Jesus is also of the seed of Abraham and his descendant, the seed of David, therefore, Jesus must carry the human Ydna of Adam and his descendants through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob , Judah, and David. It is my belief that neither a human egg or a sperm alone bear any kind of sin nature, but at conception the sin nature is passed on through both parents. Mary’s egg alone was pure, the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and God provided an exact copy of the original Adamic Ydna untarnished by sin. The Word, the Eternal Son of God is made incarnate in this perfectly sinless body which also fulfills the requirements of “second Adam, seed of Abraham, seed of David without compromising Jesus sonship or divinity in any way. The Roman Catholic view mistakenly sees the necessity to have Mary “immaculately conceived” as well to provide a sinless Son of God. However, the Evangelicals’ rather nebulous view that the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and “somehow” (we can’t understand it) she conceived. Clearly to fulfill the above scriptural (not traditional) and scientific requirements, to be a fully human male, Jesus must have Ydna and that Ydan will be none other than that of his ancestors all the way back to Adam as outlined in His genealogy.

    Also, I think the most accurate interpretation of Genesis 3 will be achieved by avoiding the mistake of Adam and Eve, namely, “the blame game”.= “she gave me the fruit”………….”the serpent tricked me,” and now one of the latest to come up with that not even Eve thought about: “The man you put me with utterly “failed” to protect me. In response to this Adam could have turned to God, “Why didn’t you protect me? You could have warned me that Eve was going to disobey.” The bottom line is that both were to blame and both have sin natures as a consequence.

  30. Maurie,
    You said:

    The verse doesn’t really say that Adam was with her while she was being tempted. It doesn’t say when he showed up exactly,

    The passage is written as a sequence with no indication that Adam showed up. This would indeed be a major part of the story if Adam was not there with his wife as the entire sequence happened. It is one long sentence that includes Eve “seeing” the fruit, understanding the wisdom she would gain, taking the fruit, eating the fruit, and giving to her husband. There is no place that one can add that Adam only showed up when she was taking a bite. And God could certainly not charge Adam for treason as not protecting his wife if he only showed up after she had eaten.

    You said:

    I meant that when Adam taught her about God’s command, HE Adam probably added and don’t even touch it, Even understanding that to be part of God’s command.

    If that was true, then Eve would have had to use different grammar. For if God spoke directly only to Adam, then God’s grammar would be the singular you, not the plural you. The Hebrew grammar in Eve’s quote is plural and it is worded as a direct quote of God’s, not a secondary quote through Adam. I think it would be wise to understand Eve as having heard the words from God just as she said.

    You said:

    The seed of goddess worhip was there.

    The problem that you have to overcome is that there is not a word given in the Genesis account that Adam was doing goddess worship. In fact if Adam was worshipping Eve as a goddess, then surely he would have protected her as his goddess. And God’s words to Eve in warning what Adam will do by his willful act of ruling over her, doesn’t make her a goddess, but a slave.

    You said:

    Did God use Mary’s egg? What did He use? How did He fertilize it? We must remember the man Jesus, our Lord, is both fully divine and fully human.

    The egg was fertilized with God. The sperm is humanity, not God. God doesn’t need sperm because the Spirit is not human nor tangible.

  31. Maurie,

    You said:

    However, Jesus is also of the seed of Abraham and his descendant, the seed of David, therefore, Jesus must carry the human Ydna of Adam

    The seed of Adam comes through Eve. Have a look at my blog post here:
    http://mmoutreach.org/wim/2006/11/20/adam-as-head-of-the-family/

    You said:

    Mary’s egg alone was pure, the Holy Spirit overshadowed her and God provided an exact copy of the original Adamic Ydna untarnished by sin.

    The sin nature comes through the man alone, that is why Jesus could not have a human father. The sin nature is the nature of rebellion. Eve was deceived and her sin came because of her deception. Adam rebelled and his sin came through his rebellion. Rebellion can only come through the man because only the man rebelled.

    You said:

    The Roman Catholic view mistakenly sees the necessity to have Mary “immaculately conceived” as well to provide a sinless Son of God.

    The Roman Catholic view is in error, for if Mary needed to be sinless to have the Savior, then obviously her own mother needed to be sinless to have Mary, and so on and so on.

    The human nature of Jesus was sinless because He came only through the woman. The God side of Jesus was sinless because He was God.

    You said:

    now one of the latest to come up with that not even Eve thought about: “The man you put me with utterly “failed” to protect me. In response to this Adam could have turned to God, “Why didn’t you protect me?

    Eve didn’t blame God. And as far as Adam, Adam’s walk with God before Eve was created protected him from seeing himself as equal to God. And Adam was not deceived.

  32. I have several questions. First, How can an unfallen woman not hear or understand correctly what God clearly said and told them. Yet, doesn’t Eve say, ” You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.” Clearly, that’s not what God said. Secondly, How is it that an unfallen man can blatantly sin and an unfallen woman be deceived and all the while neither one think, before we do anything, shouldn’t we clarify and confirm with God the actual truth of the matter ? Thirdly, just as a question, why shouldn’t God be there to protect them from a Deceiver in the garden ? As God, He absolutely knew it was going down. And this has always bugged me…. How did sin come about in the deceiver ? Originally, it wasn’t there……as that’s not how God creates things. He creates things perfectly and w/o sin. And since He knew it was going to happen, why not show Lucifer (perhaps in a vision) what terrible things would happen to creation, to Lucifer and to at least 1/3 of Lucifer’s brothers ? Seems like a big mess that might have been prevented. God would have many better ways of explaining and showing and convincing Lucifer and Adam and Eve than my feeble attempts, so I wonder why He didn’t ?

  33. Barry you asked:

    How can an unfallen woman not hear or understand correctly what God clearly said and told them. Yet, doesn’t Eve say, ” You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.” Clearly, that’s not what God said.

    Clearly, it is what God said. It is Eve’s testimony that this is what God said. Why would we doubt a woman who was sinless at the time. Did God or Adam accuse her of lying about God’s words? I think that we have come to the Bible with much prejudice. We doubt Eve because God’s words are contained in her statement, but they are not quoted directly in the mouth of God. If these words came from Adam rather than Eve, we would believe his word that this is what God said, but because the woman quoted God, we think she was gravely mistaken (perhaps even stupid) or that she lied. I say that we take these words for face value as God did not say she lied about His words.

    You also asked:

    <Secondly, How is it that an unfallen man can blatantly sin and an unfallen woman be deceived and all the while neither one think, before we do anything, shouldn’t we clarify and confirm with God the actual truth of the matter ?

    Adam knew the truth. Eve was deceived. A watchman on the wall who allows the enemy to penetrate the wall is a traitor. That is what God called Adam. God called Eve “deceived” through the words of Paul in 1 Timothy 2. Deceived people do not know they are deceived. Deceived people think that the deception is the truth.

    You asked:

    Thirdly, just as a question, why shouldn’t God be there to protect them from a Deceiver in the garden ? As God, He absolutely knew it was going down.

    God provided for both Adam and Eve by what Adam saw during God’s creative acts while Adam was naming the animals. Adam knew the truth of who God is by being a witness to what God can do that Adam could not. The text shows this along with the fact that Adam (the one who knew the truth) was told to guard the garden. God set them up to succeed. Adam knew the truth but he failed to speak up while his wife was being deceived. God allows testing. He does that now and He allowed for it in the beginning. If Adam had warned his wife who was by then fully deceived, he would have shown her great love by protecting her. He did not.

    I will carry on answering in the next comment.

  34. Barry, you asked:

    this has always bugged me…. How did sin come about in the deceiver ? Originally, it wasn’t there……as that’s not how God creates things. He creates things perfectly and w/o sin.

    God has determined that angels and people have free will. He could have created robots who could not have been tested, but He chose to create with the full knowledge that people and angels could freely choose to turn against God. He has the right to determine that this is the right way to create those who will freely love Him.

    You asked:

    And since He knew it was going to happen, why not show Lucifer (perhaps in a vision) what terrible things would happen to creation, to Lucifer and to at least 1/3 of Lucifer’s brothers ?

    God warned Israel what was going to happen to them if they chose to reject Him. Did it change them? A fully free-to-reject God creature will freely choose to reject God no matter what. Otherwise the creature is not truly free to refuse God.

    You asked:

    Seems like a big mess that might have been prevented. God would have many better ways of explaining and showing and convincing Lucifer and Adam and Eve than my feeble attempts, so I wonder why He didn’t ?

    When I see God, I see Him through Jesus. Jesus is a full representation of who God is in character. Jesus is full of love and wisdom. His choice cannot be a second-best choice. We may not fully understand the wisdom of God here on this earth, but our love and trust for Jesus will cause us to rest in Him that He did the very best for the result He was looking for. Jesus received a bride from the Father and our eternal destiny in Jesus is a part of all the decisions that God made. The best for us and for Jesus could not have happened any other way. His wisdom that knows all the “what ifs” assures us this is true.

    Thank you for your comments and your questions. I hope I have helped a little.

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