Religion

posted by .

Read Genesis 1-3
Before the incident with the fruit, is there evil in the world (or outside of it)?

What is the nature of the first sin, and why was it such a problem?
(i no the first sin is eve taking the fruit but why is it such a problem?)

  • Religion -

    It was the sin of disobedience. According to the story, God had said not to eat of the forbidden fruit ( metaphorically - knowledge). This can also be called man's desire to take responsibility for himself - self determination.
    With this comes the ability for man to chose a course of action and therefore, he can make bad (sinful) decisions.
    If man had not chosen to make his own decisions, but had lived "totally innocently" without knowledge, then he would have always been as a "child". That is why that choice has caused "problems". We ge to make mistakes, but then on the other hand we also get to make our own choices.

  • Religion -

    Good answer by Guru. To expand on it a little bit more, knowledge in itself isn't bad. The problem comes in with how we use knowledge.

    Notice that after eating the fruit, they are ashamed of themselves. Before that time, the focus of the world was how beautiful the world is. After that, Adam and Eve looked at themselves and were embarrased. It is also a problem that we do not see ourselves as great creatures of God, but as something God messed up and needs fixing. Imagine how many problems in the world stem from this idea.

    Matt

Respond to this Question

First Name
School Subject
Your Answer

Similar Questions

  1. English

    I'm doing a 3000-4000 word essay on the book A clockwork Orange.Here's my topic: An Analysis of the "evil" character Alex Is this topic too broad?
  2. HISTORY

    What is the name of the first nature reserve Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872, is the world's oldest nature reserve.
  3. math

    find all solutions in the interval [0,2 pi) sin(x+(3.14/3) + sin(x- 3.14/3) =1 sin^4 x cos^2 x Since sin (a+b) = sina cosb + cosb sina and sin (a-b) = sina cosb - cosb sina, the first problem can be written 2 sin x cos (pi/3)= sin …
  4. Religion--thesis statement help!

    Majority is where evil exists and the individual is distinctly evil, and minority is when evil does not exist, rather the actions one does can be considered evil through explanation. i need to write a strong thesis statement agreeing …
  5. religion

    Since the imagination of evil encourages us to do real evil, how should we react to accounts from the media or elsewhere about monstrous evil in our neighborhood or elsewhere in the world?
  6. Religions of the World

    I need some help. for my finial project which is due in 6 weeks I am to pick a religion and write about it as well as find a person from that religion and conduct an online or in person interview with. In this interview I am to ask …
  7. english

    I have to write an essay about the poem "The word is too much with us" by william Wordsworth. I have to talk about content and how he uses poetic devices to make his argument. Anyways, I'll probably be posting parts of essay through …
  8. PROOF-READ MY PARAGRAPH

    The first right given to every American citizen at birth is the right to freedom of speech and religion. Therefore, anyone would be able to choose which religion to endorse. Religions such as Christianity, Catholicism, Islamic and …
  9. English

    Hi, I have to write up paragraphs on these themes from Frankenstein: a) good vs. evil (manichean) b) duty of responsibility c) nature vs. nurture However, I'm confused about what the differences between these points are... For example, …
  10. Religion

    One of the thorniest issues in the philosophy of religion is the problem of evil. Explaining the problem is simple enough: How can one reconcile the existence of a God who is good and omniscient in light of how much suffering there …

More Similar Questions