Understanding the Bible 02: Sin in the Garden of Eden


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02_raphael_adameveCentral to the biblical story is the conviction that something has gone terribly wrong.  The world as we experience it is not the world as God intended.

In this episode we turn to the biblical explanation why – how humanity moved from the Garden of Eden to a cosmos in which “thorns and thistles” are part of our daily reality.

This story of “the Fall” is told  in highly symbolic language and revolves largely around two trees:  The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  By understanding these images, we come to a much clearer understanding of both biblical theology and basic plot of the Bible.  Along the way we will construct a basic definition of sin and get glimpse at what “salvation” will require.

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  1. Erika Williams
    January 30, 2015

    After God learned that Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge is there an indicator as to why the specific punishments followed? (painful child bearing etc.) Am I correct in referring to them as punishments or are they something else. Also, I was reading about your breakdown of the satan and diabollos. I’m sure that I spelled that wrong but I think that you know what I mean. It clearly implies that it is referencing a force or being of opposition. So, anytime something is causing a divide between God and mankind we are referring to it as if it is one demonic figure with a name but is that not actually the case? Are there possibly several forces etc. that we are calling “Satan”. How does that related to Lucifer? Who was actually in the Garden of Eden? (I see myself having many more questions as I’m going through this series, I hope that I don’t exhaust you). To bad you are in California. If you ever find yourself in Atlanta, I would love to pick your braid.

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    1. Erika Williams
      January 30, 2015

      brain*

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