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Genesis 3:7

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[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 3:7a . .Then the eyes of both of them were opened[/B]

The language of that passage is a bit vague. It doesn't tell exactly when their eyes opened. Eve ate the fruit first; but her eyes weren't opened right away. Apparently it took a bit of time for the chemistry of the fruit to have an effect; so I think it's pretty safe to assume that Adam's eyes weren't opened right away either.

[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 3:7b . . and they perceived that they were naked;[/B]

Shazaam! Their newly acquired knowledge of good and evil kicked in with an instinctive sense of propriety. In other words: Adam and his wife found themselves slaves to a humanistic sense of right and wrong so powerful that even if Almighty God himself told them it was okay to remain disrobed; they would not have believed Him.

[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 3:7c . . and they sewed together fig leaves and made themselves loincloths.[/B]

I seriously doubt they had a needle and thread. The word for "sew" is [I]taphar[/I] (taw-far') which just simply means to fabricate clothing. If taphar were used to strictly mean needle and thread; then it would appear that Job stitched fabric directly to his own skin. (Job 16:15)

But why not bosom coverings? Why not derrière coverings too? Why only loin coverings? Well it's not too hard to figure out is it? The moment Adam tasted the forbidden fruit, they developed a guilt complex over sex and the human body that continues to this day; and I sincerely believe that complex is the very reason why so many people feel that the male libido is naughty and sinful.

Some say there were no agents in the fruit to cause the changes in human nature that occurred in the Adams. But I'm not so sure. According to an article in the Oct 8, 2011 issue of the Oregonian; new research reveals that some, if not all, the plants we eat actually change the behavior of human genes in ways never before imagined.

A new study led by Chen-Yu Zhang, of Nanjing University, found that fragments of plant genetic material survive digestion and wind up swimming in the bloodstreams of humans and cows. Those tiny strands of RNA that somehow make it through the toxic acids and enzymes in the gut come from rice and the plant family that includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. Zhang found that they can muffle or amplify human gene expression in various ways. The discovery could lead to ways of designing plants that act as medicine or even change our own genetic structure for the better (or the worse).

And it's well known what happens to kids when they move into adolescence. Hormonal chemicals kick in, and their childish innocence vanishes; right out the window. They lose interest in kid's toys and begin to take an interest in things more appropriate for their age; including a very noticeable interest in themselves, and in the opposite sex; and most especially in what others think about them. In other words: they become self-conscious; which Webster's defines as: uncomfortably aware of oneself as an object of the observation of others.

Those adolescent changes aren't miraculous changes-- they're totally natural, hormonally induced, organic changes. So if kids undergo a natural kind of change because of the chemicals generated by the glands in their own bodies, then there is good reason to believe that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil actually did contain something that caused Adam and his wife to morph and develop an instinctive sense of propriety; and that "sense" can't help but influence people's interpretation of Matt 5:28. In other words they want male libido to be naughty because their forbidden-tree instinct compels them to "feel" it's naughty.

At any rate, the pending dialogue, between God and Man in the next few verses, implies that God himself had no hand in making those two people change. On the page of scripture, their altered human nature is directly related to the fruit and to nothing else. So instead of stretching our imaginations to construct a complex spiritual explanation, I think it would be better to stick with the biological one and let it go at that.

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