Defending Eve

Recently I have been researching the story behind what the Bible says regarding the sin of mankind and how it all came to be. Was it the sin of Adam? Was it the sin of Eve? Or both?
According to my research the majority has ruled that it was Eve’s fault. Was it? Let’s look at what God said to Adam before Eve was in the picture in Genesis 2:15-17 and when the serpent began his attempt to deceive Eve in the Garden in Genesis chapter 3:

Genesis 2:15-17 – God’s instruction to Adam before Eve was created:
15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. 16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”

So, here we see that God instructed Adam in the Garden before Eve was created.  Later in this story, the serpent came to deceive Eve in Genesis Chapter 3:

1 The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”

“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”

“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

Let’s stop here for a Moment and take a closer look: Notice in verse 7 it says, “At that moment…” What moment? Look at verse 6 again, “…So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.” Now look carefully at what happened AFTER they BOTH had eaten the fruit (and not before) 7 At THAT MOMENT their eyes were opened…” What moment? The moment Adam ate it! Had it been solely her fault, only she would have been blamed. But, he was right there with her, and he ate it as well. Therefore that’s when Sin was birthed into the earth, after Adam took his bite.

Let’s look at the continuation of this story:

When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” (Remember: God originally told Adam to not eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve was not created yet. So, God’s dealing was with Adam, not Eve.)

11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”

12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.

Let’s stop here for a moment: Did Adam just Accuse Eve for disobeying the command that God gave him? He has just “accused” Eve for his own sin. And what does Revelation say about the “accuser?” Adam was just as responsible as Eve. Adam heard from God to not eat the fruit, so, when he chose to eat the fruit, he was responsible for his own sin.

Eve has taken the rap by religion for too long, similar to the story of the woman who was dragged at Jesus feet for her sin, but not the man! Keep in mind Both Adam and Eve were at fault.  Also, Adam fell victim to the enemy when he “accused” Eve by saying, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it. Genesis 3:12. It says that the serpent is the “accuser” “For the accuser of our Brothers and Sisters has been thrown down to earth – the one who accuses them.” Revelation 12:9-10.
Adam was just as much at fault when he allowed the enemy to influence him by “accusing” Eve. His sin of eating the fruit and accusing her for his own sin, was just as detrimental as hers.

Let’s continue:

13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”

“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”

14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, you are cursed
    more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
    groveling in the dust as long as you live.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike[b] your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”

16 Then he said to the woman,

“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
    and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
    but he will rule over you.[c]

17 And to the man he said,

“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
    whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
    All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you,
    though you will eat of its grains.
19 By the sweat of your brow
    will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
    from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
    and to dust you will return.”

God announced it as sin after Adam ate the fruit and not before. Even though Eve was deceived, and ate the fruit first, both Adam and Eve had not yet experienced the shame that follows sin, and it wasn’t until Adam ate the fruit that they both felt shame and ultimately hid from God.

Why Does Eve Always Get the Blame?
Let’s look again at Genesis 3:14,15:

14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, you are cursed
    more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
    groveling in the dust as long as you live.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring.

So, what does this exactly mean? In my book, LOVE AWAKENS, I address the issue of why women have been treated as the “lesser” throughout history. I share a few verses in scripture pointing to this very issue, especially in the area of Women and God’s calling for them to teach and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And how throughout generations, Women have been told they cannot speak for God. I uncover the scriptures with the help of Bible Scholars and Authors (men) who are in favor of women preachers and what they’ve discovered in the scriptures in the chapter Woman Preach from Love Awakens. The War between Satan and Women first began in the very beginning when he deceived Eve. This is why Women have been treated unjustly throughout history.

In the future, let’s remember when referring to the Garden, that it was BOTH the sin of Adam and Eve.

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