Adam and Eve Got a Bad Rap!

Posted on July 6, 2019


By David Ettinger

We ALL Sinned
Adam and Eve have gotten a bad rap when it comes to their roles in the Garden of Eden. Of course it was their succumbing to temptation that brought sin to the world, but to lay the woes of humanity on their shoulders is unfair.

The book of Romans indicates that sin is innately woven into humanity’s nature: “… sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned” (5:12). Notice where it says, “all sinned.” In the big picture, all sin because Adam brought sin into the world. But the implication, on a more intricate level, is that any man and woman would have done what Adam and Eve did at the moment of temptation.

No, we weren’t there physically, but we were there in spirit. If this were not the case, we could well wonder if God is being unfair in laying on the whole world the consequences for just two individuals’ sins. In essence, Adam and Eve were our representatives in the Garden, doing exactly what we would have done had we been there.

God’s Provision
However, despite the death penalty sin has laid on every human being, God, in His infinite grace, provided us a way out, and that was through the “seed” (KJV) of the woman (Genesis 3:15).

Through Eve’s offspring, a Savior would be born, Jesus Christ. He would be the One who would save humanity from the power of Satan and our natural destiny of eternity in Hell. Satan would spend all of history trying to defeat Christ, and almost succeeded – on the cross at Calvary. Yes, Satan certainly struck Jesus’ “heel” (Genesis 3:15), but its effects were fleeting.

By contrast, Christ’s death on the cross and subsequent resurrection broke the stronghold of death upon humanity and offered a way to eternal life. With death defeated, it is only a matter of time when Christ returns to “crush” Satan’s head, that is, to destroy him forever (Genesis 3:15; see also Revelation 20:10).

Temporary Victory
Yes, Satan won the battle of the Garden of Eden in that he temporarily foiled God’s original design for the human race. Adam and Eve succumbed to temptation and sinned ­– exactly what you and I would have done.

However, God, through Christ, will win the ultimate war when Jesus returns to restore the world to its perfect, intended, eternal state (Revelation Chapters 21-22). When that happens, the seed of the woman – Christ – will rule for eternity, sharing the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:11) with His people in the paradise He intended for us since the beginning!

And when that day arrives, it will be beyond anything you and I can now fathom, and certainly beyond anything you and I deserve. Why is this? Because in the Garden of Eden it was not only Adam and Eve who sinned, but me, you, and everyone who has ever lived. So, please, go easy on Adam and Eve and stop blaming them for all of the world’s problems. They hardly deserve the bad rap they have received!