The Fall of Adam in Christian Perception 2

A Comparative Analysis on, “The Original Sin”

The commentators here unlike the Rabbis go right to saying that the serpent was used by Satan. Here we have a problem because the Bible never gives the time of Satan’s fall. According again to the commentators, they say, for the fall of Satan refer to: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High”.(1). (2)

Where do these verses establish the fall of Satan? Again they don’t know when Satan was expelled but they keep persisting that the serpent was used by Satan. That too should be questioned because according to them Satan was only called “serpent”(3) “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him”.

Now this is amazing, the Christians are saying that in all of the Old Testament and all the way up to Revelations chapter 12 in the New Testament there is no mention of Satan being the referred  to as a serpent and this was in a dream. Where did this come from? None of the Prophets nor did Jesus Christ himself while he walked this earth make such a statement. It would make perfect sense that Satan used the serpent because it would explain how the serpent became so knowledgeable about God and how to use deception. But that still leaves the question of, why was Satan so interested in Adams disobedience to his Lord? From the Bible all we can do is speculate, this will be addressed later. 

The verses on punishment are what will be looked into now. I hate be redundant but these verses are pretty straight forward. The first to be punished was the serpent:

 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel(4). The Christian scholars have stated that the serpent was Satan.(5)

We are faced with a problem here. At the end of this section you will find that everyone that participated in the act of Adam and Eve eating from the forbidden tree was punished. Or so we think. If the serpent and Satan was one in the same why didn’t God announce the punishment of Satan? Was the serpent a willing participant in cahoots with Satan? The bible answers this beautifully: Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.

And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?(6) This verse shows that the serpent was the most cunning beast, further more it says, “he said to the woman”, showing that the serpent acted on his on. If not the verse should have read like: And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel(7). This is the “word” of God. Why would God put emphasis on Satan provoking David to number Israel and not on him using the serpent for his evil bidding? This makes no sense. The serpent was forced to go on his belly and eat dust and Satan if he provoked him gets away without even being mentioned for the part he played, this in unjust!

The next to be punished was Eve, and again a part of her punishment was to be shared with the serpent:

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee”(8)

As if this was not enough for a punishment Adam blamed Eve for their disobedience, and the early Church Fathers took it to a worst extreme.(9) They place all the blame on Eve for evil entering the world. There are many references that can read to confirm this allegation from priest such as St. Jerome (347 - 419 AD); Ambrosiaster (4th Century AD); St. Chrysostom etc…I will only quote here from one priest in the interest of time that priest is Tertullian (155-245 AD) who said, “(“Every woman should be ...) walking about as Eve mourning and repentant, in order that by every garb of penitence she might the more fully expiate that which she derives from Eve,-the ignominy, I mean, of the first sin, and the odium (attaching to her as the cause) of human perdition.

 "In pains and in anxieties dost thou bear (children), woman; and toward thine husband (is) thy inclination, and he lord sit over thee." And do you not know that you are (each) an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too.

  • are the devil's gateway!
  • are the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree!
  • are the first deserter of the divine law!
  • are she who persuaded him (Adam) whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack!
  • destroyed so easily God's image, man!
  • On account of what you deserved-that is, death-even the Son of God had to die!”

“And do you think about adorning yourself over and above your tunics of skins?”

Even after all of this, God never mentioned anything about Eve passing the “sin” to her children while meting out punishment. This opinion, like others are beginning to show who their true authors are. They are the imaginations of the Church. All praises are due to God because it is virtually impossible to find a Church that still holds on to this erroneous opinion. 

The last to be punished was Adam, And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;  19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.(10)

Continue in the next article: ( The Fall of Adam in Christian Perception 3 )

NOTES:

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1. Isa. 14:12-14

2. Ibid

3. in Rev. 12:9

4. Gen. 3:14-15

5. Rev. 12:9

6. in Gen. 3:1

7. 1 Chron. 21:1

8. Gen. 3:15-16”

9. http://www.womenpriests.org/traditio/sinful.asp

10. Gen. 3:17-19