What was the sin that got us kicked out of Eden?

Copyright © 2003
by Tim Roach

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Let us suppose for a moment, that I accidentally bumped a table causing something of yours to fall off and break. While obviously it would be frustrating to you that the item was broken, what would be more annoying to you?
1. I tell you about the accident, say I am sorry (and mean it), then allow you to decide what I need to do about replacing the item.

2. Try to hide all traces of the broken item and hope you don't notice. Then should you notice that the item is broken/missing deny it completely or try to blame the problem on someone else.
Which of these two responses to the broken item would annoy you more?

For most people while we would obviously be upset about the broken item, if the person tells us about it, we are at least then only upset about the broken item. Where as with option #2, we not only have the broken item to contend with, we then have to track down what happened, and are not only upset about the item, but also that the person tried to hide things from us. Then the fact that not only has the person tried to hide things from us but also lied to us. This usually makes all of us extremely mad.

Think about how many times we have heard someone say or have said, "If they had just told me about it to begin with rather than making us track down what really happened, it really would not have mattered." That attitude seems to be relatively universal. Everyone everywhere seems to think that way regardless of what part of the planet one is from.

With the story of Adam and Eve getting kicked out of Eden:
(For those unfamiliar with the story to see Genesis Chapter 3.)
Granted the main mistake was eating of the forbidden fruit, but is that what really got us kicked out?

Think about how we are all 'programmed' (for lack of a better word) to despise certain actions. Which amazingly some of these actions were the very things that were done after eating the fruit.

GEN 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise; she took of its fruit, and ate, and gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
GEN 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked: and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made for themselves aprons.
They realized they had done something really bad and started trying to figure out ways around it and how to hide what had happened.

GEN 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
They tried to hide the mistake, hoping no one would notice.

Third after being tracked down:
GEN 3:11 And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, that thou shouldest not eat?
GEN 3:12 And the man said, The woman, whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.
GEN 3:13 And the LORD God said to the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent caused me to forget, and I ate.
This is a part that people often miss, God found them and asked, "Did you eat the fruit I told you not to eat?" Notice that neither Adam nor Eve answered that question. Rather they both tried to avoid responsibility for their own actions and tried to blame the error in judgment on someone/something else.

All of which are the very things we tend to despise most when a mistake is made, not so much the mistake but the deception and the lies which follow when one is trying to get away with the mistake.

The moment they ate the forbidden fruit Adam and Eve had a choice to make, they could do exactly as they did trying to hide their error in judgment and as a result as we all know get kicked out of Eden.

However a choice that no one seems to think was an option, I have always wondered, if instead of trying to hide the fact that they ate the fruit, if either or both of them had tried to call on God and said something to the nature of:
"Um ... Lord ... Um ... you know that tree in the middle of the garden that you told us not to eat the fruit of? Um ... Well ... We messed up and ate it. We are very sorry."
Or when God gave us the chance to 'come clean' asking "Hast thou eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, that thou shouldest not eat?". If either them had simply said, "I know it was wrong, I shouldn't have done it, but Yes, Lord I messed up and ate of the tree." I wonder how things might have changed?

Obviously, we have no way of knowing what would have happened if we had simply admitted our mistake. However, I think that while things would have changed in Eden, maybe, just maybe, we would not have been kicked out with not only the obvious 'curses' but also with what seems to be a strong genetic hatred of the very actions which Adam and Eve did after eating the fruit.

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