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Why Was Adam Punished

If Eve ate the fruit first, then how come God punished Adam too? I know he was standing next to her "and she gave to him and he ate" but the FIRST sin was committed by EVE, not Adam, right? Then why was he punished too?

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God never punished adam & eve in the garden . he only loved them . earlier i believed god punished adam & eve , that time i was not able to get out of my hatred and i was not able to forgive . If i believe in a punishing god , my nature also will be like that . now i believe god only loved them and i was able to get out of my hatred able to forgive .
---george on 2/14/08

In Christ sin is at the spiritual level. The Saviour who is the second Adam attacks and reveals sin before it is subject to an old viewpoint.
Believe what Christ has done, that's freedom. Disbelief is sin. Those fearful and afraid, use it to work out salvation. Access to Christ in the spiritual is unlimited. (Am I not a God at hand?) For it to be truly spiritual it needs to be experienced. Faith without works is dead.
Jud 1:20 ..building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying..
---jhonny on 1/9/08


You say this is a ridiculous question, but I think it's very important.

Before the fall, Adam had NEVER heard a lie. never experienced evil. Lying was unthinkable. He was totally unprepared for it (He did not yet have the knowledge of good an evil).

He heard something apparently contradictory, which was confusing, but the serpent explained it (and God wasn't around to correct him). Since he had never heard a lie, there was no reason to distrust anything said by anyone.
---StrongAxe on 1/5/08

You see,adam was in the garden before eve.
God was with adam in the garden long before
He created eve.He had a duty,and a unity with God.When He created eve he allowed her to infuence him to disobey God.Man is the stronger of the 2 genders.That make him
responsible.So they both sined.
---Jack_8773 on 1/5/08

Gordon, how do you know what God intended? God made mankind (all the races) many years before Adam. The first creation was the 7 day creation. God then made the 'Man' and created a garden in the would full of evil people. He placed the man in the garden to show and be a testament to the real God. Check this out by reading the account in the Septuagent. How else would Adam know about death? There is a lot you need to study up on before you just write your opinions. Man was made mortal---period!
---Dr._Rich on 1/5/08

Dr. Rich, GOD never intended for mankind to die. When Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge, they did so in disobedience. GOD's warning of DEATH to them came true after they sinned. Their "natural" death of old age IS part of GOD's punishment. They ALSO, and more importantly died SPIRITUALLY, which lands ANYONE who dies in their own sin, in Hell and the Eternally Burning Lake of Fire.
---Gordon on 1/4/08

The real truth is that God did not punish Adam or for that matter Eve, because God had told Adam that the punishment was death, (2nd death) as in being killed by God---at the moment Adam ate. The death Adam and Eve had was not a punishment, but a natural death by not being able eat from the tree of life. Look, IF the natural death was the punishment, then none of us would have needed Jesus' death!
---Dr._Rich on 1/4/08

Another thing that people don't understand is that Adam was made mortal. He was going to die regardless if he ate the forbidden fruit or not! The only thing that would keep him living a long time was the use of the tree of life. God told Israel He would do the same for them IF they obeyed Him (Isaiah 65:17-25) (For you that don't understand, this is NOT a picture of heaven!)
---Dr._Rich on 1/4/08

Thank you Elder, and may God bless you and your family as well.
---jhonny on 1/3/08

God Bless you Johnny. Just trying to make people think.
Everyone here is basically fine. I hope so with your family also.
God Bless.
---Elder on 1/3/08

I can't believe that anyone would ask this question.
---Elder on 1/2/08

Well hello Elder. I hope you and your family are doing well. I wish you all the best. Thanks for the reply.
---jhonny on 1/2/08

Amen, Elder! GOD told Adam and Eve NOT to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or they would surely DIE! How, then, can the Serpent telling them that they "would NOT surely die" if they ate of the Tree NOT be seen as a LIE? Hello, Church! This is Elementary by now!
---Gordon on 1/2/08

** "How could they have known the serpent was lying. How could they know what a lie was?" jhonny on 1/1/08
I can't believe that anyone would ask this question.
They didn't need to know that Satan was lying.
They only needed to know what God had said. And, they knew that. Pay attention to what He says and it will not matter what anyone else says. Same thing today we are getting away from what God has said. You can see it here on CN.
---Elder on 1/2/08

How could they have known the serpent was lying. How could they know what a lie was?
1Ti 2:14 And Adam was not deceived,...but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Maybe Adam was amused by the charm and the slyness of the zzzzzz of the snake and the enamourment of Eve. Like a good entertainment package, just as we are today, same snake. Men like to be captured and captivated, and how men love to choose captivity in their religion.
---jhonny on 1/1/08

#2 Too much free time? So God introduced a system to serve God at every possible moment through Moses. Man nevertheless produced a "super" result. "Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound..." And we as adam choose to separate from God. Repentance is a process to turn back to God. "...that they may be one, even as we are one:"
---jhonny on 12/31/07

#1 Sin came into the world thru adam(one man). Yet they both chose to separate from God. Yes, they could have remained, but they chose separation via shame and guilt and blame and denial and attack and avoidance of responsility. Adam wanted somekind of disclaimer. A warning aforehand. You never told me the woman you made and gave me would malfunction and get me in all this trouble. It's your fault. And while I'm at it, we had way too much time on our hands, you should have been watching us.
---jhonny on 12/31/07

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Eve was DECEIVED into eating the fruit. However, it was ADAM who was commanded not to eat it, and he willingly disobeyed, so he was the one who sinned, not Eve.
---StrongAxe on 12/30/07

However, one thing always bothers me about the Fall:

God told Adam not to eat the fruit. The serpent told Eve it was OK. We condemn them for eating so, but how could they known that the serpent was lying?

They had NEVER eaten the fruit. They had no knowledge of evil, so how could they have known what a lie even WAS?

If you tell a 3-year old not to talk to strangers, and a stranger says "It's OK, I know your dad, come with me", and the child goes, do you condemn the child?
---StrongAxe on 12/30/07

Bonnie 12.17.06 "Adam chose to eat to not be separated from Eve and brought consequences upon himself." The bible says 'he took and ate'. Where in the bible does it say that he ate so as not to be separated from Eve? Adam obviously ate the fruit out of disobedience - otherwise God would not have punished him. Why do so many wish to make his disobience seem like an act of love? If that were so I think the bible would state that.
---RitaH on 12/29/07

m.p.a. you are taking my words out of context. I said that Adam sinned and as such deserved to be punished regardless of whether he sinned first or second. Adam committed the same sin that Eve committed. He disobeyed God.

How would it be different for you if Adam had eaten of the Apple first, before Eve? Would he avoid punishment???? Get a different punishment???

You are just being argumentative.
---lorra8574 on 4/28/07

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MPA is right. When "It doesn't matter" is in reality "It doesn't matter what God said", there is a huge problem.
---Ktisophilos on 4/28/07

Although Eve was the first one to eat the "forbidden fruit", Adam was the first one CREATED and GOD (YAHUVEH) established him as the "head of the household". When Eve offered Adam the "fruit" he should have REFUSED it and REBUKED Eve. Perhaps GOD (YAHUVEH) would have "killed off" Eve and created a new woman for Adam. ALSO, blessing Adam for his OBEDIENCE and FAITHFULNESS to GOD (YAHUVEH).
---Gordon on 4/27/07

Josef: "Headship was not established until after the fall." Yes it was. In the Bible, naming someone is an exercise of authority. That's one reason God brought the animals He *had* formed to Adam. Then God made Eve, and Adam *named* her "woman".

Adam can mean "mankind", which is why it is *also* the proper name for the first man. 1 Tim. 2 says it was a real first man, Adam, who was created before a real first woman, Eve, and that Eve was deceived and Adam was not.
---Ktisophilos on 4/26/07

Lorra, I still have to disagree on one point - that it doesn't matter. I think that when we are told something specific in scripture (such as a. who did what, b. what the consequences were and c. why the blame rested on that person i.e. a. Adam sinned, b. he lost eternal life in the garden, c.he was held responsible, because God had given him the instruction face-to-face) we run a great risk of trivialising scripture when we speak about something so specific and say 'it doesn't matter'.
---m.p.a. on 4/26/07

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Pt.5 - his mother, and cleave unto his wife (spouse): and they shall be one flesh" Adam allowed it to take place, thus slipping from light to darkness & receiving the reward of his indiscretion, the mental consumption of the knowledge gained thereby. The carnality of their thinking had been opened allowing sense knowledge to now dictate their thinking.
---Josef on 4/26/07

Pt.4 - However the responsibility lies with "Man" as both male & female equally. Headship was not established until after the fall. Gen.3:16 "Unto the women He said I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception, in sorrow (pain) thou shall bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee". Although thru Eve's seduction she broke the covenant of Gen 2:24 "Therefore shall a man (no gender implied) leave his father and.. Cont.Pt.5
---Josef on 4/26/07

Pt.3 - The same applies to "one man" & "all men" in Rom.5:12 "Wherefore, as by 'one man' sin entered the world, and death by sin; and death passed upon 'all men', for all have sinned". I have said all of that to say this. Man as "Human" attempts to rationalize & divide the channel thru which sin entered the world. Usually placing the responsibility upon the shoulders of the male because of his supposed headship, or the female because she was first. Cont. Pt.4
---Josef on 4/26/07

Pt.2 - Gen.2:23 "And Adam said, This is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman', because she was taken out of man". Therefore in 1Cor.15:21,22 "man" & "Adam" refers to both male & female as does "Christ" who represents both. "For since by 'man' came death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead. For as in 'Adam' all die, even so in 'Christ' shall all be made alive". Cont. Pt.3
---Josef on 4/26/07

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During the time Eve ate of the fruit she was called "Adam" by the Creator. Gen.5:2 "Male and female created He them; and blessed them, and called 'their' name 'Adam', in the day when they were created". It was after the "fall" that 'Adam' (as the male) named his wife (as the female 'Adam' i:e Human) Eve. Gen.3:20 "And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living". Before this she was simply referred to as "woman". Cont. Pt.2
---Josef on 4/26/07

BTW, some men don't have such pronounced "Adam's Apples" and some women do. The idea that the fruit was an apple has no basis in Scripture, but may have been from the Latin pun where "malus" means both "bad" and "apple".

Obviously it can't be the result of the fall because that would be the discredited Lamarckian inheritance of acquired characteristics. This also discredits the notion that women have one more rib than men.
---Ktisophilos on 4/24/07

MPA you have made some good points. It is obvious that much of the missinformation and confusion in evidence here is proof that many don't read the Bible. I think some wouldn't recognize it if they fell over it!

The Bible is there for us to read so that we won't pass on nonsense. Go and do it now!
---Warwick on 4/24/07

Wow, mpa--I learn something from you, thanks. Also there is a great possibilty that Adam and Eve was only in the garden for only a few hours perhaps not even aday.
---catherine on 4/24/07

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m.p.a. does what you have said have any affect on what I wrote??? If Adam had sinned first, he still would have been punished. And Eve did eat first, knowing the rules, and Adam followed her and both sinned - both were punished. My point is the same as yours, Adam sinned, therefore Adam should have been punished - and he was.
---lorra8574 on 4/24/07

Men has an adam's apple in the neck, according to doctors. Woman don't. I've heard the story that the friut was an apple. and that is how people came up with the adams apple. But to say this is true. I cannot say it is.
---Rebecca_D on 4/24/07

I believe that it does matter Lorra because the bible tells us that it was through Adam that sin entered the world. God told Adam not to eat from that particular tree even before He had created Eve from Adam's rib. The responsibility for obeying was placed on Adam otherwise we would be told that it was through Eve that sin entered the world. That is not to say that she was blameless though.
---m.p.a. on 4/24/07

Adam still sinned, and he committed the same sin as Eve. It does not matter who sinned first.
---lorra8574 on 4/23/07

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Adam was punished because he was the head of the human race, and, therefore, responsible for it's actions. God pronounces a fivefold judgment sentence: 1.Upon the man. 2. Upon the woman. 3. Upon all nature. 4. Upon the serpent. 5. Upon the devil.
---catherine on 4/23/07

Who said it has to be an 'Adam's Apple'? I call mine a 'Ryan's Apple'.
---Ryan_Z on 4/23/07

Amine, that is just superstition. Also, there is nowhere in the bible that states that the fruit was an apple. It is just referred to by the word 'fruit'. Man named the 'lump' in the neck of the human male 'Adam's apple'. Nowhere does the bible say that it is there because God was angry. Stop listening to silly stories and start reading the bible correctly.
---m.p.a. on 4/23/07

Sorry friend, but i want to tell you the real story of Adam.
At first our mother Eve satan told her that they have nice tree of apples, so if you eat from her you will live an eternel life, so told her to insist to Adam to eat from her, so he is Adam who ate from this fruit, not Eva, and for this if look on your neck, i mean every man if he looks on his neck on the center they have something alike piece of apple, for this the God was angry, and send him to the earth, to be the enemy os satan
---Amine on 4/23/07

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John, if Adam did not sin why do we read in Romans 5:12 that it was because of one man sin entered the world and that sin caused death to all men. Eve was not a man but Adam was that man.
---m.p.a. on 4/21/07

John, juveniles up to age 19 are not held accountable?
---Ryan_Z on 4/21/07

Adam didn't sin - he transgressed only - he was innocent due to ignorance of right & wrong (See Deut 1 v 39) Juveniles having no knowledge of good and evil are not held accountable
---John on 4/21/07

Eve was deceived by the serpent when she ate the fruit. However, Adam sinned with his eyes wide open. Adam's sin was one of outright disobedience to God knowing what he had done. (1 Timothy 2:14 "And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression").
---Helen_5378 on 4/20/07

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Adam sinned & so did Eve and they were punished accordingly but.... if Jesus came and died for these sin's to be forgiven why are the punishments still here? (women pain during child birth, snakes sliding on there stomach, and men working the land for food.
---Nathaniel on 4/19/07

Adam was not the one who was tricked by the Devil. It was the woman who was tricked and became a sinner. 1 TIM. 2-11.
---catherine on 4/7/07

God told both of them to not eat the tree and they did, so both had to pay for their sins
---Mayhun on 4/7/07

Because God said Not to eat it, and his wife said Eat it, and Adam obeyed his wife's word instead of God's word.
---Eloy on 3/31/07

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It makes no difference the [order] of who did it, they BOTH did, God is no respecter of persons, This is what some have been trying to explain to people who rather choose an "illusion" of justification in regard to sin, the soul that sinneth it shall die, life is in the Word/Christ, abiding in [Truth]. (Romans 6:23). God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 3/31/07

(1) Adam and all of mankind fell from the grace of God because of the disobediences of Adam when he ate from the tree of knowledge; which cut our connection with God
---ShawnM.T on 1/4/07

(2) If we read 1 Cor.11:3, But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. We can see that Adam was the head of Eve. And at that time God was the head of Adam. So the fall of man would not have come about if Adam had not disobeyed God by eating the fruit of knowledge. Even if Eve was the only one that ate the forbidden fruit, Satan would never have gotten dominion in the earth.
---ShawnM.T on 1/4/07

(3)And we can see also this in Num 30:8 But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the LORD shall forgive her. So, if Adam had not eaten from the tree of knowledge, then he would have been able to make the vow that Eve vowed when she ate of the fruit of good & evil, of no effect.
---ShawnM.T on 1/4/07

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If a Christian man states that they have authority over Christian woman then he is not reading his Bible correctly. There is no male or female in Christ. Man has taken advantage of women because they are naive.
---tonne on 1/4/07

Adam blamed. Eve admitted the truth and confessed her sin.
---tonne on 1/4/07

Because it only states that God told Adam not to eat from the tree. Eve was made after the fact. The first sin was committed by the serpent. Eve was deceived by the serpent because nowhere does it state that Adam told her about the forbidden fruit, nor does it say that God did. The serpent tricked her. Eve also offered Adam the fruit and he knowingly ate of it and instead of repenting as Eve did Adam blamed the woman and God.
---tonne on 1/3/07

as all christian men like to say, christian men have authority over christian women.

so Adam was head over eve, therefore responsible to obey God, and see to it that eve obeyed God. since Adam did nothing. (he must of been dazzled by her beauty :) and wasnt paying attention)

they both disobeyed, so both were punished., along with the serpent.
no one got off scott free.
---JaeR on 12/19/06

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Eloy or anyone else who read my earlier reply to him: I want to be sure everyone understands that it was specific to the account of 'the Fall' in Genesis; please do *not* take my "only tells us WHAT DID HAPPEN" comment as applying to ALL of Scripture! For the whole Bible, there are many passages where God tells His people of THE FUTURE and even a few where He actually does say "If only you had..." (Isa.48:15) and then what would have happened if they'd listened.
---danie9374 on 12/19/06

PT.1 Something to think about: If you believe God wrote Genesis, then HOW it's presented, and even what He 'left out,' should concern you. Note after we read in v.6: "she took from its fruit and ate;" there's NOTHING said immediately about Eve's disobedience! It's almost as if what she did, didn't really matter; we'll see why in a bit.
[[ First, WHEN and HOW did Eve ACTUALLY FIRST SIN against God? It was whenever she 'thought' that God might not always tell the truth; when she allowed [cont.]
---danie9374 on 12/18/06

PT.2 satan to lie about Him! And again when she decided to actually eat what He told them not to!! ]]
Instead we read: "and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate." which is followed by v.7: "Then the eyes of both of them were opened,..." It's only AFTER Adam sinned, that we read about the consequences. I'm not saying at all that Eve didn't sin, only that Scripture also points out it was Adam's sin which affected all the rest of us (Romans 5:12 ff., etc.).
---danie9374 on 12/18/06

Eve disobeyed God by eating fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam chose to eat to not be separated from Eve and brought consequences upon himself. By eating the fruit,they became aware of evil, and were ashamed. How faithful is our God! He prepared the 1st blood sacrifice to cover their sin by slaying an animal to provide skins to cover for protection as they left the garden, just as He'd be sacrificing the Blood of His Son Jesus to cover the sins of the world!
---Bonnie on 12/17/06

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Eloy, we can think that's prob. what would have happened; but NONE OF US, including YOU, are God! There's nothing in Scripture that tells us 'Now if Adam had instead done this, I would have...'! The Bible only tells us WHAT DID HAPPEN. How God dealt with Job's already fallen family, does NOT make it a LAW as to how God for sure would have dealt with Adam! How's that old saying go? 'woulda, coulda, shoulda,...' mean nothing. Don't speculate too much.
---danie9374 on 12/16/06

danie9374, No, God would have given Adam a new mate. Please read Job 2:9; 42:10.
---Eloy on 12/16/06

Eve may have been the first one to sin, but Adam was in charge of the Garden. As soon as the snake began to speak to Eve about eating, Adam was supposed to be the one to take control of the situation,right then and there. He didnt. He stood and watched the whole thing unfold and never took authority over the snake. This makes me thimk he wanted Eve to eat to see what would happen to her.
---craige on 12/15/06

I actually posted this question to bring out the point that Eve admitted she was deceived, but when she gave of the fruit to Adam and he ate, why wasn't he smart enough to figure out he was going to sin? Deception vs. stupidity? Come on now, don't shoot me down when I'm preaching good..LOL. Guys, I'm just razzing you.
---Donna9759 on 12/15/06

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ONE THING really needs to be cleared up here(!):
Would Adam have been fated to live forever with no mate, if he had obeyed God? NO HUMAN CAN ANSWER that for sure (one way or the other)!!! I do, however, trust enough in God to believe that the Creator of the Universe is able to and would have done whatever was most appropriate; and there's really no point in trying to speculate what that may have been! Afterall, He provided salvation in a way no man would have dreamed of.
---danie9374 on 12/15/06

Helen. The Bible says Eve was in the trangression. That's sin no matter how you look at it. Transgression is sin. Eve did it first and then Adam. No breaks for Eve by me.
And God punished her accordingly.
---john on 12/15/06

Adam was punished because he sinned with his eyes wide open. Eve was deceived (1 Timothy 2:14), but Adam was not. Adam sinned boldly.
---Helen_5378 on 12/14/06

God told Adam not to do it. Being Adam & Eve were "one" & he was the son of God, I bet he told her the rules & I bet she respected his position not to lie to her. So, she sinned. Then he sinned. They were both punished. BUT, what was each one's motivation to commit the "act"? Scripture says Eve was beguiled (seduced) by the serpent. What happened with Adam? Did he just ixnay what God said? Could there have been a deeper reason? Wasn't Eve a spiritual & physical part of Adam? cont'd
---mikefl on 12/13/06

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cont'd. His feminine part? Wouldn't that be forever gone if she died? How many here share some of what you learn with your spouse or friend? Does that mean they were right there with you when you learned it? What makes it absolute Adam was there when she sinned (except so the women can berate the men)? So, back to Adam's reason for joining Eve in the act that cost them Eden. It's in the blood, it's in the "seed", it's in the offspring, it's in Cain vs Abel.
---mikefl on 12/13/06

Ummm Jason i would have to disagree
Do spouces who have an affair, instantly mean that the other spouce has sinned or also must have an affair??
---mark on 12/13/06

All sin is judged, first the serpent, then the woman, then the man, and all three were guilty and rightly judged and thrown out of paradise together into the earth. The serpent could have remained obedient, the woman could have remained obedient and the man could have remained obedient, but they did not, and therefore was cursed by God and they perished.
---Eloy on 12/13/06

This question is simply a matter of biblical typology. Adam and Eve were One Flesh. He HAD to eat the fruit because Eve was in a "fallen" state. Adam was not decieved as Eve was. He saw Eve in her fallen state, loved her enough to tae sin upon himself willingly that they may continue as One Flesh. Cont....
---jason on 12/13/06

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#2. Adam AND Eve were to have dominion upon the Earth. Satan knew that the only way to continue to have dominion was to cause God's new creation to fall thus allowing Satan to continue on His throne. cont....
---jason on 12/13/06

Jesus, Adam 2, saw His love in a fallen state and willingly took upon Hiimself the sins of Man that He could redeem His Bride. To be one flesh Adam had to tae the fruit and taste death. Jesus had to taste death to be one with His Bride. cont..
---jason on 12/13/06

Last, Another type in context with this: Adam was put to sleep and His bride came from within His side. (The Rib) Jesus went to sleep (died) on the Cross and His side was pierced. Blood and water flowed, the two elements to make His Bride. Amen!
---jason on 12/13/06

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