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How could Adam and Eve be trusted to make the right choice if they didn't know good from evil?

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  • 1 month ago

    The story is allegorical.  Whether a snake tricked Eve or she just wanted to see what would happen, she disobeyed God's commandment and so was expelled from paradise and made mortal.  It proves that God believes in free will, even if he had the power to prevent her from eating of the forbidden fruit, and that man is flawed because he doesn't know a good deal when he sees one.

  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    By not knowing good and Evil it is meant by experience. They knew that they should not do something. Because the penalty would be death. Eve made the wrong choice, and Adam chose to go with Eve in her predicament. 

  • 1 month ago

    They had no frames of reference to relate to things; all they had was God to trust. And then with the sin came the judgment AND the Godly trait of knowing good and evil. Now every human since is born with that simple moral code. 

  • 1 month ago

    You are right, but the real question here is 'why did god not know that Adam and Eve knew nothing?  That god was so stupid he gave instruction to a dirt man and a dirt woman, then gave them instruction to not eat from one tree. Hey god, how are doing in second grade about now?  Also, that god was suppose to know all things, but when he returned to that garden he had to call out and ask, Adam and Eve, "Where are you"?   To think that there are XXXXXXXs who actually believe that is a god almighty!  He did not know where in the garden were only 2 persons; he had to call out to them to earn where they were. Now you believers believe that same god thingie knows what you are thinking and where you are?  See the nonsense of such belief! LOL!

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  • 1 month ago

    Adam and Eve were “perfect” and possessed the power of reason that was far superior than we can imagine.

    They were created in God’s imagine and likeness meaning they had godly qualities.

    Recall that Adam knew that Eve had been disobedient, but instead of calling on God he joined in her rebellion and tried to cover over the sin.

    In essence; they KNEW right from wrong; of good from bad (evil)

  • 1 month ago

    All the couple knew was good. Everything they experienced and all their dealings with their Maker was nothing but good. Nobody needs to know evil in order to appreciate good. But God didn't give them a choice; he gave them everything they needed then a warning about the evil result of doing something that was not for them. He had the Tree of Life in the middle of the garden and they would have partaken of it had they not desired something that would turn out to be evil. What was evil was desiring something they thought would improve their status, apart from God, who, it was inferred, was holding something good back from them.

    The deceiver tempted the woman but it was Adam who made the choice to join her in her disobedience. He need not have. He could have stopped the rot there and then, which is why Adam is held accountable in the Bible, and not the woman. She was deceived - misled, maliciously so. The deceiver knew that by putting wrong desires in the woman's mind - to be more like God than she already was (for God had created her in His image) - he could introduce the evil of sin. But the couple did not need to know experientially that there was such a thing as evil, and sin. They just had to so trust their Maker for all the good He provided for them that they would remain content with His goodness.

    Discontent is, indeed, a great evil, and we keep choosing to this day to be so discontented with our Maker that we strive to do things our way (and the deceiver's way) rather than trust God. We are, indeed, children of Adam and Eve. Yet we can still trust God for doing everything we could never do to be redeemed from such evil.

  • Carym
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    God's instructions are always in advance and very clear. So too the consequences. Two-thirds of the angels understood this. 

    Why would it be any different for Adam and Eve? God gives many warnings before He acts, and these warnings are not meant for our destruction, but they are meant as a way to give us an opportunity before destruction comes. 

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    They knew God's authority, and knew they were guilty of disobeying that authority.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    And you totally miss the point that the sin was disobedience.  All Adam and Eve had to know was "don't."

  • 1 month ago

    I think the author's intent from the worldbuilding in this story is that the lesson here is about OBEDIENCE.  They were TOLD not to eat from the tree of knowledge, and the one theme running through that novel from start to finish is: Obey, Obey, Obey.  Sometimes murder is wrong, sometimes god literally orders genocide.  Sometimes kindness is required, sometimes punished.  But OBEDIENCE is always pushed as mandatory.

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