The story about Adam and Eve, based on absolute truth, is found in the book of Genesis. It is a story of history to all humanity because, as you know, humanity was created by man and woman, as they were one. In this story, we will focus on the events of Adam and Eve, the first humans. How did their choices affect following the series of events? In the beginning, first of all, there was God. The Hebrew word we use for God is Elohim, which is plural. But that does not mean that there were more Gods, but the announcement of the triune God.
The Bible begins with the story of God’s creation of the universe, heaven, and sea; plants and trees; sun, moon, and stars; fish, birds, and animals. In the end, He created the first people in his image. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psalm 33:6-9, KJV)
The number six in the Bible is the number of men. God created man on the sixth day Goliath was six cubits tall, etc. The Bible clearly, states how God created man; God created him from mud and breathed the spirit of life through his nose. Therefore, man became a living soul. We read the story about Adam and Eve and their creation in more detail in the second chapter of the book of Genesis. God created man by His image. He created Eve from Adam when Adam slept. The name Eve is the Latin form of the name Hawwa. The Bible is the oldest written source for the name Eve.
Adam was created from “dust from the ground.” The name Eve comes from the Hebrew “Hawwah” (חוּה) which means “gift of life” and also “mother of all the living.” Adam called her Eve in Genesis (3:20). So God created mankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
Was Adam ideally created?
The short answer is: Yes. The heavenly report is written in such a way that it cannot be understood ambiguously. Although created from dust, Adam was the son of God and was the lord of all lives. Man is assigned to be the image of God both in body and spirit. His mind was able to understand what the Deity was. Adam was tall and of perfect size; his face was showing a blush of health. He was far taller than the people today. Eve was a little shorter than Adam, but again, stout and very beautiful.
Until then, the innocent couple had nothing on, no clothes, they were naked, and there was no shame. They were wearing clothes in a mantle of light and glory like angels. God made sure that everything was perfect in the Garden of Eden.
We learn in the story about Adam and Eve that God created this world as a complete unity. He created a beautiful, peaceful world that we will learn later was ruined by man. Since that world was so perfect that we long for it even today, we want to regain it. God placed a pure man in that ideal world. Adam was intimately connected with God, and he lived in His nearness. Adam’s position while he was in the Garden of Eden, in paradise was: a perfect man, the first and only, an earthly being to whom God gave an invaluable gift of freedom. Adam had complete freedom of choice to accept or reject what was offered.
How was Eve created?
By the command of God, Adam gave all names to all animals and plants on earth. Since all the animals had their pair, Adam noticed that he was the only one alone. God admitted that it was not fair for Adam to be alone, and everyone should have their pair. Therefore, the Lord made his wife an assistant to complete him. Man is a social being, and he should love and be loved. Then God made Adam a woman out of his body. She was not formed from the head, which shows that she should not rule over him like a head. She was not made of his foot, so she should not be subordinated or trampled.
But she should stand by him, as an equal, to be loved and respected. As a part of man the bone of his bones, and the flesh of his flesh she is his other-self. Hence, we conclude that men and women are equal in every way. “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24, KJV)
God performed the first wedding himself. That is why we believe that the institution of marriage is a gift from the Creator himself. And this gift is something that Adam took after the fall into sin and leaving the Garden of Eden. If the Divine Principles are recognized and respected in a marriage, then marriage is a blessing. If God is the foundation of every relationship, then that relationship will be blessed because God is the most powerful foundation. God’s plan, for Adam and Eve’s marriage, was to be an image for all upcoming ceremonies. Thus, they are no longer two, but one body, and that which God had joined together, let not man put apart.
Marriage is a lifelong surrender of husband and wife to each other and between them and God. In marriage, we respect the principles of love, loyalty, indivisibility, trust, support in obedience to God. In the story about Adam and Eve, we can learn a lot about God’s will for every marriage. Paul points out that Christ’s teaching to the church is a model for the relationship between husband and wife. Therefore, God’s plan is for the marital relationship to be as lasting as Christ’s relationship with the church.
Sexual intimacy in marriage is a sacred gift from God to the human family. It is a necessary part of marriage and is saved only for marriage. Before-mentioned intimacy, conceived to be shared exclusively by husband and wife, produces developing intimacy, happiness, and security and assures the prolongation of the human race. In addition to its monogamy, as established by God, marriage is a heterosexual relationship. Unity in marriage is achieved within mutual respect and love; no one is superior. In short, there is no place for tyrannical authority and abuse of power among Christians.
At the beginning of our story about Adam and Eve, we noted that God created everything perfectly, so there was no room for anything to happen. Yet the Lord gave them another sign of His love. He gave them freedom of choice. Remember, freedom itself is the most valuable possession someone can have. God gave the command to eat from any tree in the garden, but they shouldn’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Because the day they eat from that tree will be the day they die.
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17, KJV) They often walked in the garden and talked with God; they were quite happy. But in the garden, there was a cunning snake in the text the snake represents Satan in hidden form.
The snake asked Eve if it was true that they could not eat the fruit from any tree in heaven. And temptation begins. Eve replied that they could eat fruit from every tree in the garden, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil for that tree, God told us not to eat from it or touch the fruit because we would die. The snake accused God of lying and told Eve that this was not true and that they would die. We see that Satan was persistent in deceiving them, so he continued to speak ill of God. He said that God knows, the moment they taste the forbidden fruit they would become like God.
Sin enters the world
Satan insisted God knows that when you taste its fruit that your eyes will be open and that you will see between good and evil, and you will be like God. Eva saw the fruit was delicious and that it was a pleasure to watch. At that time, she desired to be wise so she picked the fruit to eat and gave it to Adam to eat. Since Adam was with, her he ate too. That, right there, is the moment that sin entered the world. Suddenly, their eyes open, and you realize they are naked. Hence, they made their clothes out of leaves. From that moment on, nothing will be the same.
Their relationship with God will change, and they were not even aware of it. Then the man and his wife heard God walking the garden and hid from Him among the trees in the garden. God cannot be deceived, He sees everything at all times, and He knows everything. God does not ask questions because he does not know the answer, but because he knows the answer and wants to experience us. So, God asked Adam where he is? To that question, Adam answered that he heard God walking in the garden, but he was afraid because he was naked, so he hid.
Then God asked him, who told you you were naked, did you eat from the tree when I told you not to eat? To clarify, God knows everything before it happens. Adam justified himself, the woman You provided me, she gave to eat from that tree. Then God spoke to the woman, asking her what she had done.
The matter of choice
As we are going deeper into the story about Adam and Eve, we see that Eve was justifying her decision as Adam did. The same as Adam accused Eve, to give him a forbidden fruit to eat the identical way Eve blamed the snake. Eve justified herself by saying that the snake cheated her, so she ate. God didn’t ask any questions to anyone anymore. It was His turn to speak, and everyone was listening to what He was about to say. This time He turned right to the snake, then to Eve, and finally to Adam.
God cursed the snake among all the animals on earth since it tricked them to crawl to the end of time and to eat the dust from the earth. He then addressed both of them, saying that there will be enmity between them and their descendants. After that, He turned to the woman and said she would give birth to children with the greatest torment and that her will belongs to her husband, and that he would be her lord.
In the end, God turned to Adam because you obeyed your wife, and you did not obey me and tasted the fruit from the tree that I forbade you. Your land will be cursed, so you will have to work hard to grow food. Then, you will die, and your body will return from the dust you came. In the next verse we have already mentioned, Adam gave Eve a name. Finally, the Lord made them clothes for both of them, from the leather, and dressed them both.
Why did God kick them out of Heaven?
We look at this sin that happened in the Garden of Eden as a kind of fall. Specifically, the man was in a different state of perfection. After sinning against God, man fell to a lower level of existence. He has lost something called “original justice.” The first to rebel against God was Lucifer, the most beautiful angel. That desire to be God, to be equated with the Highest, man loses that original righteousness and falls to a lower level of existence. The snake/ Lucifer transmitted this desire to the people. It was a tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Sadly, people believe that it was a stone that God deliberately placed so that our ancestors would make mistakes. We believe that this is not the correct explanation for this event. The problem was not the tree it was the people and their relationship with God. If we look at that problem of sin, that is the essence of these chapters, then why was the man wrong? We can only ask if everything was perfect if everything worked well, then what is it that caused man’s desire to be equal with God?
Is it the free will, or Lucifer’s influence, or something completely different we can only wonder? Anyway, the key to answering the first question is found in the last few verses. God revealed that the man had become like one of Them; he knows good from evil. Therefore, the Lord can not let him eat from the tree of life because he will live forever. That is why God kicks them out of the Garden of Eden. Undoubtedly, God loved them, and He didn’t want them to live with sin forever. In the end, God put an angel to guard the tree of life.
The end of the story about Adam and Eve
As we are ending our story about Adam and Eve, let’s briefly mention their children. In chapter four, the book of Genesis, we read that Adam had slept with his wife and that she became pregnant. Soon after, she gave birth to their firstborn son, Cain. She immediately recognized that the child is a gift from God. Shortly after, she gave birth to their other son, Abel. Read more about Cain and Abel and their story here.
We can see in chapter five that they had another son that is mention by name, Seth. Adam was one hundred and thirty years old when Seth was born, and he lived another eight hundred years, giving birth to sons and daughters. In the end, Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years.