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If Adam and Eve didn't have the knowledge of good and evil before they ate the fruit, then how could they be expected to know that disobeying God was evil?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 3:24 PM on Mar. 24, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Again, lol, Adam and Eve aren't mean to be taken as literal people in an actual event, but are intended to represent the human condition and explain things.

    But if you do take it literally, they might not known it was evil, but they knew they were supposed to listen to God, and they knew He said if they ate of it they would die, so whether or not they knew it was "evil" doesn't mean they didn't know they shouldn't do it. They knew they were supposed to listen to God.
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 3:35 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • hmmm,good one.That's a head scratcher.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:24 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • They were told that they could eat from any tree in the whole world except that one tree. They were told of the consequences that would happen if they did.
    They chose to give into temptation and disobey God.
    They(along with everyone who came after them) paid the price.
    Laila-May

    Answer by Laila-May at 3:25 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • way to goI second Laila-Mary's reply

    Daphna28

    Answer by Daphna28 at 3:33 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Again, lol, Adam and Eve aren't mean to be taken as literal people in an actual event, but are intended to represent the human condition and explain things.


    Really?  I've never heard that before.  So that didn't really have two son's named Cane and Abel?


     

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:19 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • Gen 2:17....."for in the day that you eat of it, you shall die." They certainly did have the knowlege that they would die.

    3gigglemonsters

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 4:40 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • To the anon: The original understanding wasn't that of an actual historical event, but as a way to explain man's separation from God, our "sinful nature", among other questions posed by mankind. Obviously no one was around at the beginning to take a literal record. Instead we have a figurative story that introduces us to the Divine and our relationship to Him.

    Authors like Karen Armstrong explain it better than I can, but ultimately I don't believe this is meant to be a retelling of a specific event, rather a revealing of a specific meaning. So, no, I don't believe Adam, Eve, Cain, or Abel existed as literal people. It can (the story of Cain and Abel) actually be taken to understood the animosity between agriculturalists and the prior nomadic/hunter type people during the transition from nomad-ism to a settled society.
    bandgeek521

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 5:07 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • I think they knew they weren't suppose to, but did not understand what evil could really come of it. They also did not know wrong so who's to say they didn't think the grass might be greener on the other side.
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 9:47 PM on Mar. 24, 2010

  • "Gen 2:17....."for in the day that you eat of it, you shall die." They certainly did have the knowlege that they would die. "


    But, they didn't die.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:44 AM on Mar. 25, 2010

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