Adam and Eve Stupid? Part 1

Genesis 2:9, 17  Genesis 3:3, 11, 17, 22:

“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. . . . 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 2:8-9, 17) “But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. . .

…and we know they did not do what God said. They did not exercise as some call free will. They outrageously disobeyed a clear commandment. How and why their sin affected the entire human race is for another blog.

Why would they do this? They knew not to do it but they did it anyway. God said no and they said yes we can. Would that not be stupidity? Were Adam and Eve stupid?

Everything God made was good when he made it. He saw that it was good is what is said about his creation. How could something that was created good (Adam and Eve)  do something evil?

I do not believe there is such a thing as free will. I believe one either obeys God or disobeys God. One could argue that that is free will the ability (if you could call it ability) to choose to do good or evil.

Who in their right mind would choose to do evil? Who? If one is in his right mind he will not choose to do evil. Yes it really is about intelligence.  But God did not create stupid people. Man’s stupidity comes from man’s disobedience to God. Sin destroys whatever it touches.

The Bible says nothing about God giving them a choice. He told them not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

It was not as some call it free will. He said You shall not; not You decide.

God: “Now that I created you in my image I now give to you free will. This means that you are free to choose to do whatever you want to do. You are free to choose to obey me or disobey me. It is up to you. The tree in the midst of the garden that will kill you if you eat of it is there for you to take from if you choose to do so.”

What God really said is:

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:”

Big difference. They did not get a choice. They were given a command. They did not choose. They disobeyed. If it had been that they were given a choice than God could not hold man responsible for his sins. We could argue our case to him that he did leave it up to us and we chose to not do what he said.

Man’s disobedience is why today sin has so much power in the world. It is all about choosing what is “right” for you instead of obeying God. And in choosing; man always disobeys and suffers the results of sin which is death.

Death is not just ceasing to breathe. Death is to be without God which is worse than physical death. It is to be without defense in a world that is given over to disobedience. To be without God is to sin. Weren’t Adam and Eve with God? Yes as long as they did what he said. But they did not do what he said.

Many Christians are called stupid by atheists. I see it all the time. Atheists call them fundies with no evidence a brain is present. Because of the stupid things they say.

God is always in order and so should be his followers. Arguing with atheists is never the will of God for Christians. We come to God by faith in his Son “not with enticing words of man’s wisdom” as Paul called it. God said the wisdom of man is foolishness to him. Arguing cannot save atheists the blood of Jesus can. I have talked to atheists but try not to engage them. It is pointless because I know only God can change a heart.

So why did Adam and Eve do something so stupid as in disobeying God? I personally understand that disobedience is stupidity.  Why do so many things take place on earth that are just plain stupid? It is called sin and it is from disobedience to God.

Look at what they did to Jesus. Here is a man healing their sick people. He is raising their dead. He makes food appear out of nowhere to feed thousands of hungry people.

And they kill him. Stupid. Someone said that most people are stupid. Masses exist in stupidity. Is this true?

IE: Mom places two cups on the table before her child. One cup is filled with arsenic poison. The other with orange juice. She then says to her child, Now choose which one you want to drink. It is up to you she smiles and says..while not even explaining the danger of drinking the poison..or Dad divides the backyard into two sections. In one section of the divided yard is a rattlesnake and in the other is a swing-set. He tells his child  Now choose which yard you want to play in. Have fun.

That is not what God did. Yet this is what God is accused of doing.

Who is stupid? the ones that do what God says or the ones who do not? The Bible proves what stupid is.

To be continued…in part 2


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Robert Hagedorn on March 29, 2011 at 00:13

    Before we can discuss the tree of knowledge of good and evil we must first know exactly what this tree and its fruit were. Do a search: The First Scandal. Then click twice.


  2. I take the Bible at its face. I understand, believe and receive it was “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. I leave it there and do not venture off into speculations, which is really imagination.
    But I will take a look at the First Scandal then will probably refer to in my continuance of my part 2.
    Thanks for stopping by and have a good evening.


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