Creation And Fall

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Creation and Fall The biblical narrative of Adam and Eve in the Garden (Genesis 2:4-3:24) is one of the best-known passages in the Old Testament. Adam and Eve are the main characters in the apocryphal story, about the experience of the first human couple after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. It is also connected with the story about who God is, who we are as human beings in God's world, how we respond to God, and how God responds to us. Genesis also discusses issues relating to the human condition involving sin, relationships, and trust.

The story starts with the barrenness of the earth in the absence of God's creative activity. The note in verse 5 that there is "no man to till the ground" indicates that creation is not complete without humanity. It is here that God decides to create Adam and Eve, which is the start of humanity.

Creation is complete and the couple is established in God's world.

God tells Adam that he can eat anything he likes in the garden but there is one tree he must never eat from.

Both Adam and Eve disobey God and Eve blames the serpent.

The focus of this story is not on the serpent and his trickery but on the man and the women.

The couple is lured by the promise of absolute freedom, the ability to become gods.

The couple is alienated and a curse is brought onto the couple.

Sin is a major theme in the story of Adam and Eve.

It is the human tendency to be autonomous, responsible to no one but self and serving no ends but self-satisfaction. In this sense, it is 'original', because it lies at the very heart of which we are as human beings. (pp.11,