Adam and Eve




When Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden, God put one, and only one, restraint on what they were not to eat; that being the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Then God tested them. God did not coerce them; rather, he gave them a choice. Non-voluntary compliance is coercion. God gave Adam and Eve a choice by advising them of the consequences of disobedience. True choice always requires evaluation of options. All options have consequences.

Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that God had made. He said to the woman:

“Did God say you shall not eat of any tree in the garden?”

And the woman said to the serpent:

“We may eat of the the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it lest you die.”

But the serpent said to the woman:

“You will not die!”

For God knows when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was delightful to the eyes, and that the tree was desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate.

It is the serpent who leads us to question what God says and whispers in our ear that God doesn’t mean what he says.

God does mean what he says.

God knew the awful consequences that would occur if Adam or Eve disobeyed his command. And he wanted to spare them (and the whole human race, including you and me) from those consequences. God’s commands are meant to bless us and spare us from the consequences of wrong choices.

When God confronted Adam and Eve after they had done this, alas, they did not seek forgiveness or reconciliation for their transgression. Rather, Eve blamed the serpent; Adam first blamed God (This woman You gave me, and then he blamed Eve. She gave me…). Neither of them repented nor asked forgiveness of God for their disobedience.

Adam and Eve had been fore-warned of what would happen if they ate the fruit of that tree. Yet they chose to believe the serpent rather than God.

And so, they instantly became spiritually dead in their transgressions, and eventually they died physically. Just as a cut flower has the appearance of life for a time after it has lost its life-giving source by being cut from its stem; so we too, who are descended from Adam, all eventually die a physical death. Just as God said. Those who refuse to accept Jesus offer of redemption will remain spiritually dead, and eternally separate from God.

Here’s why:

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God… (Romans 5:12)

However, the story didn’t end there.

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. Romans 5:18)

God has promised eternal (or everlasting) life to those who believe in Jesus and accept the payment he made on the cross for our sins.

He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him. (John 3:36)

How can that be?

The Word of God assures us that all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will have everlasting life (John 3:16; 6:47; 1 John 5:13). The Greek word translated “everlasting” means “perpetual, eternal, forever.” Perhaps the word perpetual best explains the biblical concept of everlasting life; it is life that, once begun, continues perpetually into eternity. This speaks to the idea that man’s life is not merely physical. Rather, the true life of human beings is spiritual, and while the physical life ends, the spiritual continues throughout eternity. It is perpetual. It is everlasting life.

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NOTE: My original intent on writing this article was to try to as simply as possible, explain to a cherished friend’s statement that a loving God would not send anyone to hell. God does not send anyone to hell. As I continue to ponder the implications of the story of Adam and Eve I am constantly learning of the depth of God’s love for us, and for the provisions he has made to restore humanity to a right relationship with him which will last throughout all eternity.

There is so much more to this story than what I included in this article. I continue pondering the amazing depths of this story as the Lord opens my heart and mind.




The following is an excerpt from a book by Dr. Martin R. DeHaan entitled: The Chemistry of the Blood

“The Bible is a Book of blood and a bloody book. When we are accused of preaching a Gospel of blood we proudly plead guilty to the charge, for the only thing that gives life to our teaching and power to the Word of God is the fact that it is the blood which is the very life and power of the Gospel. The Bible claims for itself that it is a “living” Book and the only living Book in the world and is able to impart life to those who will believe with their hearts what it teaches. In Hebrews 4:12 we read these words:

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.”

The word translated “quick” in this verse is “LIVING” or “ALIVE.” The word of God is a living Word, wholly distinct from all other books for just one reason, namely that it contains blood circulating through every page and in every verse. From Genesis to Revelation we see the stream of blood which imparts to this Book the very life of God. Without the blood in the Bible it would be like any other book and of no more value, for the Bible plainly teaches that the life is in the blood.”1


I was curious when I read the following article and wondered if perhaps it shed some light on the changed chemistry of our blood once sin entered into our bodies as a result of Adam’s disobedience. This is speculation of course. Even so, one thing is certain. We all die.

The Blood of the World’s Oldest Woman.2



1The Chemistry of the Blood, by Dr. Martin R. DeHaan

2The Genome Research Project: Olegloconal Hematopoesis