The Search for Understanding - Week 3
One of my questions as a kid was “why a serpent?”. Animals don’t talk so how could a serpent deceive the first woman! I never got a clear answer. I believe a cop-out was the Narnia Series, leading to the theory of maybe at that time they did but at the fall of man, God took their ability to speak away. Which just seems cruel to me, punish the animals for man’s sin.
Even the most innocent person I know would question how the snake would know if the fruit was good or bad. I would also like to note that in some translations Adam is with Eve when the serpent speaks to the Eve. But let’s say he was not there, why did he eat the fruit when Eve gave it to him? He should have known better.
Genesis 3:8 Adam and Eve heard God walking in the garden and hid. Does this mean God gave himself a physical form?? Why couldn’t he have just been a regular Joe who claimed ownership over Adam and Eve. Slavery is a huge thing in the bible… and why would they hid? They were not ashamed in Genesis 2.
Also would God have not known about them eating the fruit? He claims to be an all-knowing creature who created the earth but doesn’t seem to know when he’s own creations sin?
Man is supposed to protect their help-mates, so why did Adam throw Eve under the bus?The definition of beguiled means “charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way.” Never once does it say Eve lied to Adam about what the fruit was. I really don’t feel she deceived him when it came to the fruit. She probably wanted to share in her joy of having her eyes opened.
Genesis 3:14 Cursing the serpent - not all serpents move via belly movement. Many still have legs - alligators.
Genesis 3:16 thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee - I need to start a post about women’s rights and what the bible says. It would be a very long post. Though quickly thinking right now it says nothing about daughters. Just that when you get married you are under his thumb. Would daughters be free if they didn’t get married?
Why is Adam punished less? It was the same sin. Also what did the earth do to have to accept a punishment? Why couldn’t he have given Adam a physical sin and left the earth alone. Why would God want to ruin his own creation based on the sins of another, especially when he should have known what they were doing.
Is everyone descended from Adam and Eve? According to Genesis 3:20 everyone is and while this is very much jumping ahead of myself there are verses contradicting this thought. One example is:
Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, was Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. Hebrews 7:3
Why would God make Adam and Eve clothes out of skins? It seems a little silly when there are other resources out there that could have been used.
Genesis 3:22 Man has become one of us… is there more than one God? That’s confusing. But this verse also feels like before this man didn’t have free will. I’m not sure how to take it.
Does God kick them out of the Garden because he doesn’t want them to try the fruit from the other tree?
NOTES from last weeks Post Genesis 2:
Comment from a friend "Have you never read a book that will restate something to show a different view of what was already said. It doesn't mean the author is contradicting themselves. It just means there is something different that needs to be seem. If you look at Genesis 1 and 2 in this light it can change from being a contradiction to an new emphasis."
You are right, the verses could be the author just writing from a different perspective. I am just not seeing it as the same story different views.
Genesis 2 We have man created first 2:7 Then every beast was formed 2:19 Then woman 2:22 There is no days given but the order is very specific.
Genesis 1 We have water creatures and fowl - this is on the fourth day 1:20 creatures after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast - this is on the fifth day 1:24-25 man - this is on the sixth day 1:26 woman - this is on the sixth day as well 1:27
The story about how God created women in Genesis 2:22 I can see that being a different perspective but the rest I can't. Otherwise those are two very different orders or things? You can't have both.
What difference in perspective am I missing?
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