June 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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DID ADAM AND EVE COMMIT THE 'UNPARDONABLE SIN'?

Some have said, and taught, that Adam and Eve committed the "unpardonable sin" and would never receive salvation.

Those in religious circles, churches, seminaries, and bible studies have heard it said that Adam and Eve committed the "original sin" and that the condemnation for the "original sin" was passed upon ALL humans after that.

Are these statements true? From where in scripture do the theologians receive this information, for truly, if it isn't in scripture, it probably isn't accurate.

So DID Adam and Eve commit the unpardonable sin?

I suppose the first thing we need to do is find out what truly IS SIN. We find the BIBLE DEFINITION of sin in 1 John 3 and verse 4.

1 John 3:4
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."

Yes. Whoever commits sin breaks the law: for sin IS the breaking of the law!

That is the plain, unequivocal statement that God inspired to be written in HIS Holy Book. Can we DENY that statement? No we can't, but many try to deny it!

However, this is a "THUS SAITH THE LORD" statement. It cannot be denied! It is TRUTH!

Now I suppose we have to ask, "What Law?"

For this answer we can go to Romans 7 and verse 7 (and there are other places in scripture) which tells us which law John is talking about.

In Romans 7:7 the Apostle Paul says:
"What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet."

If sin is the breaking of the law, then the above scripture tells us which law 1 John 3:4 is talking about. Of course, it is the Ten Commandments. That is the law that tells us covetousness is sin.

Exodus 20:17
"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s."

What does scripture tell us is the unpardonable sin? Really, that phrase is not found in scripture.

This IS found, however:

Mt 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Mt 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
Mr 3:29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
Lu 12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

The word 'ghost' comes from the Greek word 'pneuma' and means "spirit". This "spirit" is not a third person in the God Head. If you would like to pursue that further, please read our article, "Do you believe God is a Trinity? Why?" in the archives of our web site.

Blasphemy against God's Holy Spirit is the ONLY thing for which there is NO forgiveness.

Did Adam and Eve blaspheme God's Holy Spirit? Did they even HAVE God's Holy Spirit?

If they did I can't find it anywhere in God's Scriptures. If anyone can show me that I would be thankful and appreciative.

Yes, Eve DID DISOBEY God! Yes, Adam DID DISOBEY God! However, DISOBEDIENCE IS NOT BLASPHEMY!

When God told Adam they would surely die if they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, did He mean eternal death? Or as some say, the second death?

We KNOW Adam and Eve did die.

Ge 5:5
"And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died."

No mention is made about Eve's death, but we can be certain she did die.

Since the scriptures tell us that only blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is unforgivable, did Adam and Eve repent? Did they ask God for forgiveness?

If so, it isn't recorded in scripture but we can come to some fairly solid conclusions based upon scripture.

After Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, God put them out of the Garden of Eden in the event they would then eat of the Tree of Life and live forever.

Gen. 3:22-23
"And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest (in the event that) he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken."

The word 'man' in verse 22 is from the Hebrew word 'Adam' which means mankind -- male and female. So God was speaking about BOTH Adam and Eve, not just Adam.

Adam KNEW his wife Eve (there's that old english word for sexual intercourse, KNEW) and she gave birth to a child which they named CAIN.

Gen. 4:1
"And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD."

Eve said God had given her this child. Does that sound like someone who had blasphemed God? Yes she was rebellious but she hadn't turned AGAINST God!

After this birth she then had another child which she named Abel. Abel became a shepherd, and Cain became a gardener.

In the process of time Cain AND Abel brought OFFERINGS to GOD. However, there was a problem with Cain's offering. Some have assumed it was because Cain didn't offer an animal but scripture doesn't support that.

Gen. 4:2-4
"And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:"

Whatever the problem was with Cain's offering we can only guess. My OPINION is that Abel offered of the FIRSTLINGS of his flock, but Cain did NOT OFFER his FIRST GATHERING OF CROPS. God's laws demand that we offer the FIRST part of our production to God. God demands to be FIRST in our lives!

Mt 6:3"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

There are many instances in scripture where crops and grain are offered to God as a THANK offering, so there had to be something wrong with the WAY the offering was made. Perhaps Cain begrudged the offering he was making to God, that the gift wasn't from the heart! Perhaps it wasn't the first of his produce.

We can tell from this however, that BOTH Cain AND Abel had been taught about God. They had been taught to make a thank offering to God because of the blessing which had been bestowed upon them.

In any case, we KNOW Cain had an attitude of rebellion that he passed down to his children. That WAY is called in scripture "The Way of Cain"! It is an attitude of rebellion and murder.

Jude 1:11
"Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core (Korah)."

Please read the context of those scriptures to see what the "way of Cain" attitude was.

Some time after Abel's death, Eve again conceived and bear a son which she named SETH. She said God had replaced, or substituted Seth for Abel.

Gen. 4:25
"And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."

Does this sound like a woman who had REJECTED GOD? She knew God had sent her another son to stand in the same line as Abel. And of course, God had a great purpose in doing this.

God intended to provide a line of RIGHTEOUS PEOPLE from the line of Seth.

We can see that from the next scripture:

Gen. 4:26
"And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD."

The original Hebrew states it this way....."Then began men to call themselves by the name of The Lord." It has been taught by many ministers that "it says that, but it doesn't mean that." They then begin to twist the scriptures into a meaning opposite to this.

The ministry stated that these men began to call themselves God and therefore rejected this scripture as incorrect.

However, is that not what we say about ourselves when we say we are a CHILD OF GOD? Isn't that what God says about us? Isn't that what the Pharisees said about Jesus when He claimed to be "the Son of God?"

John 10:33
"The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?"

And of course, the scriptures say this about those who have been begotten by God's Holy Spirit:

Rom 8:16
"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:"

We here at Seven Times only want to teach what God says, and not what we say. Inevitably our opinions will be included in our articles, but hopefully they will be labeled just that....opinions.

If you would like to examine and study "Original Sin", you might want to read our article "What About Original Sin? Are Most Condemned by it?" in the Archives.

Did Adam and Eve commit the unpardonable sin? Or is a time coming when they will be given the chance to repent, if indeed they have not already repented?

I believe through careful study of God's Word, and you can say it is my opinion if you like, that Adam and Eve repented of their sin/s and tried to live a righteous life from that time on. They did, however, have to pay the penalty for breaking God's Law, and because their minds had been corrupted from the PURE truth which God had taught them, they then raised their children with that mixture of "good and evil" which Satan had planted into their minds.

From that time on there was a need for a "second Adam" (1 Cor. 15:45) to teach the PURE TRUTH of God and to be able to forgive all the sins of Mankind.

There is a time coming in the future when all who have not been given an understanding of God's Word and who have not had repentance offered to them, to be able to repent, be baptised, and receive God's Holy Spirit thereby becoming a Child of God!

Now is NOT the only day of salvation, in spite of what most have been taught.

Keep coming to the Seven Times Web Site and reading the TRUTH OF GOD. We struggle to teach what the Bible says, and not what we THINK it says.

We care about you so much. Please let us have the opportunity to serve you.

Your friend,

Ken

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