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In the children’s Sunday school, we were told of a few things that wouldn’t have happened if Adam & Eve hadn’t sinned & we were happy (or sad) to hear those things. We also felt annoyed by Adam & Eve’s behavior that landed mankind into so many troubles. But that’s for a child’s brain. Right now, I employed my adult brain in the same exercise and I came up with something like the following.
If they didn’t sin, we would still have remained in the garden of Eden till today and we would’ve all been ‘produced’ right there in the garden. Note that the following command had already gone out before Adam & Eve sinned:
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
I also think it would’ve been by sexual reproduction. If not by sexual reproduction, why then were they created male & female? To be ‘male & female’ means to ‘possess male & female reproductive organs’. Remember that God is very rational. He wouldn’t create male & female reproductive organs & plan that we should reproduce asexually, except you’re saying that the testes & ovaries had other uses before man sinned.
We would’ve done all that replenishing & dominating the seas & air while we were still in that particular garden of Eden. The world’s population today is 7 billion. 7 billion people in a garden would’ve been lovely! 7 billion vegetarians/herbivorous mammals plucking fruits & revelling away in God’s presence! God didn’t ask them to feed on flesh. He only told them to feed on fruits & leaves. We would’ve simply been herbivorous (the Adventists & other obligatory vegetarians the world over are right!)
But if you believe that God needed to chase Adam & Eve out of the garden so that this ‘replenish & have dominion’ command could be fulfilled, then you’re saying man’s fall was poised to actualize God’s plan. & why should they & their offspring be punished forever by God for what helped actualize his plan?
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