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THE FALL OF MAN 

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 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 2:16-17) 

The fall of mankind into sin in the person of our first parents, Adam and Eve, is not just a story.  It is a sad fact.  Moses and the Prophets, Christ and the Apostles all interpreted Genesis 3 literally and based their theology upon it. 

WHAT IS DEATH? 

The death threatened by God included instant withdrawal of the divine favor and fellowship upon which man's life depended.  It included the alienation and curse of God, the sense of guilt, corruption of nature and consequent actual transgressions. 

Death meant the miseries of life, the dissolution of the body and the pains of Hell forever.  DEATH ultimately means SEPARATION.  It means far more than just the separation of the soul from the body upon physical death.  It means separation from God. 

It was primarily spiritual death that was threatened by God.  The death of the body was just one of the first fruits and relatively unimportant consequences of that greater penalty.  Adam lived for many years after the fall into sin, but he died spiritually the moment he sinned. 

He immediately began to grow old.  The state of original goodness and happiness in which Adam was created was lost.  In its place came an overwhelming state of sin -- brought about as effectively as one puncture of the eye involves the whole person in perpetual darkness.   

The wrath and curse of God rested upon him.  He was now possessed with a sense of guilt, shame, pollution, degradation, a dread of punishment and a desire to escape from the presence of God.   

SATAN’S METHOD 

How did this happen?  Satan tempted Eve.  He questioned God's Word (“Yea, hath God said?”) misquoted God's Word (“ye shall not eat of EVERY tree of the garden?”) then flatly contradicted God's Word (“ye shall NOT surely die”). 

Eve yielded to the lust of the flesh (“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food”) the lust of the eyes (“and that it was pleasant to the eyes”) and the pride of life (“and a tree to be desired to make one wise”).  She took of the forbidden fruit and did eat. 

Eve believed that she had the right to tell who was telling the truth, the Creator, or some other source.  She also believed she was smart enough to decide who was telling the truth, God or Satan.  Eve was deceived.  But Adam was not deceived. 

Adam ate of the forbidden fruit WILLFULLY.  He KNEW full well what the consequences were when he ate.  He transferred his allegiance from God to Satan.  It was this deliberate act of rebellion that constitutes the heinous character of man's fall into sin. 

And has there not been a fall -- a FEARFUL FALL?  Consider the world as a whole, filled with murders, terrorism, abortions, robberies, rapes, frauds, drunkenness, drug abuse, wars, riots, genocides, divorces, broken homes, crimes of all kinds, witchcraft and Satanism. 

Even among the religious, observe the general disinclination to pray, or to study the Bible, or to speak of spiritual things.  Is not man now, as his progenitor Adam, fleeing from the presence of God, as an enemy of God?  Surely man's nature is RADICALLY WRONG

For those interested in pursuing the subject further, I highly recommend the following three books (the first two were the source material for this article): 

THE HOLY BIBLE (King James Version) 

THE REFORMED DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION by Loraine Boettner (Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co., 1932) 

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD by Arthur W. Pink (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1930)  



[1] Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical law: A Chalcedon study with three appendices by Gary North (Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1973) pp. 440-441

 

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