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Onaburekhalen Olufemi

In Gen 1: 26-31 God created man in his image and likeness and gave him dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth- Then in Genesis 2:15 -17 The Lord took Adam and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And God gave him a command saying “you may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat it you shall die”. The devil deceived Eve in Genesis 3: 1-6, she ate of the fruit of the tree and she also gave to her Husband and he did eat. And the eyes of both of them were opened and they knew they were naked. Later they heard the sound of the Lord walking in the garden and they hid themselves from the presence of the Lord. They disobeyed, and that was the beginning of trouble for mankind. That was how sin entered into the world.

The effects of the fall of man

Lost of Righteousness

Before the fall, there was a relationship between Adam and God. The description of how God was “walking” in the garden suggests that there was fellowship between God and Adam. [Genesis 3:8] After Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the forbidding fruit, their eyes were opened, they became aware of their nakedness and was ashamed and so they hide themselves when they heard the voice of the Lord. Moreso, because of their disobedience, man became guilty. 1 Corinthians 15;22.

God and Man became eternally separated.

Adam and Eve were sent out of the garden of Eden into the world. They lost that fellowship and intimacy they enjoyed in the garden. They suffered physical and spiritual death. They and their children started experiencing sickness, pain and physical death

The ground was cursed.

Genesis 3:17-19, God cursed the ground. God said “cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you’. The fall introduced evil into the world, the Earth would no longer easily yield food, so much suffering, people struggle to earn an income.

In conclusion, the world we live in today is not the very good world that God created in Genesis1;31, the disobedience of Adam brought several significant changes that has affected each and every one of us. Thank God for our redemption. We are free from sin. We have been declared not guilty. Haleluyah.

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