Fall of man

Man was created to commune with God.  He was created in God's image.  God created a helpmate for the first man named Adam, her name was Eve.   Man was created with three distinct elements: body (physical, able to decay), soul (the part of us with personality, heart) and spirit (the breath of God). 

Genesis 3:1-7  

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, `You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
 
The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,
 
but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"
 
"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman.
 
"For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
 
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
 
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Genesis 3:14-19
So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.
 
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
 
To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."
 
To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, `You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
 
It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
 
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."

Adam and Eve gave up what God had blessed them with.   We are all offspring of Adam.  We have all sinned.  God provided the Lamb to take away the sin of the world!  Jesus God came as a man to allow man to take on the spiritual nature of God.   Jesus was the perfect Sacrifice, He died once for all men to be reconciled unto God.  (Read Romans 5)

~Linda

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