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January 13, 2007

Ever thought about food pre-fall? What was it like? Why did God create it? Did Adam and Eve need it? Was it just for pleasure? There wasn’t death so it couldn’t have been a matter of avoiding starvation. Thoughts?

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  1. Tre permalink
    January 13, 2007 2:39 am

    My only thought is to remember an observation my youth pastor made when I was still in jr. high: Jesus ate after he rose from the grave. Sure, it was fish, so it counts as vegetarian, but still… His interpretation was that this means we’ll be able to eat in heaven. (Doesn’t quite answer your question, just runs parallel to it…)

  2. January 13, 2007 10:09 am

    I’m thinking vegitation/fruit, yes needed for sustanance of life. Though the garden was perfect, the body still needed fuel to run. Plus, there is something innate about eating that is essential to the human experience-like music and work (Adam worked in the garden).

  3. January 13, 2007 4:24 pm

    Greg. You took my answer. Now I have no reason to leave a comment.

    I forgive you though. 😀

  4. January 13, 2007 6:58 pm

    I have often thought that if I was God it probably wouldn’t have crossed my mind to give my creations enjoyment in their sustenance. You know, like in the old sci-fi books—pop a food pill and keep right on going. Why would you do anything more?

    The fact that food can be savored and enjoyed is a truly wonderful gift—much like the way he allows us to take enjoyment from certain combinations of air-pulsations we like to call music. Why? And, why should we be drawn to certain combinations of molecules that are horrendously bad for us?

    But when you think about it, it really is a deep question. Without the enjoyment of food there would be no gluttony—what would be the point? So God creates something, hard-wires us to enjoy it, and then makes the indulgence of that enjoyment a good thing? Hmmmm, sounds kinda similar to sex… why give us enjoyment in it and take it beyond its base purpose of procreation? Just another chance to sin!

    Think about it—how much less sin would there be in the world if there was no happiness to be had from food and sex alone? But God does not have the sole purpose in mind of keeping us from sin—His purposes are much bigger than that. God is apparently in the business of giving us tight-ropes to walk. Alcohol, sex, food, all our appetites… opportunities for us to learn proper enjoyment while exercising self-restraint and staying this side of excess. Freedom is only a challenge if there is something that seems desirable on the far side of the self-control line.

    I guess I could blame God for giving me so many opportunities for sin—but I sure wouldn’t trade the challenges of coping with those desires for a world that didn’t include the potential for healthy enjoyment of satiating my appetites.

  5. Slothboy permalink
    January 15, 2007 9:54 am

    I never assumed Adam and Eve didn’t need to eat, just that their needs would be provided for them in the Garden. God didn’t remake humans after the fall, therefore you have to assume that the way we are made is the way that Adam and Eve were made, needing food to survive.

    And since there was no sin, (and also no cigarettes or chocolate) there was nothing they COULD eat that would harm them.(well, except for that one pesky fruit.) Also since there was no sin there was no reason that sex shouldn’t be pleasurable. What better way to convince them to “be fruitful and multiply” than making the act of… uh… multiplication… enjoyable?

    It was the knowledge of good and evil that was granted Adam and Eve upon eating the fruit. Their punishment was that they would now have to take care of themselves and also go to eternal death if they did not follow God.

    Oh, and also childbirth would be painful now so God must have changed something about Eve’s “business,” but I hesitate to speculate.

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