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God had originally given Adam and Eve the preternatural gifts of immortality, freedom from suffering, superior knowledge, and inner harmony with Himself. The sabbath recalls Eden. Is 58:14 “You shall take delight in the Lord.” Ex 20:10 “You shall not do any work.” Ex 35:3 “You shall kindle no fire.” Our first parents in Eden lived that life every day. God had instructed Adam, Gn 2:16 “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
But Satan tempted Eve to reject God as her shepherd. Gn 3:5 “You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,ou will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Adam and Eve committed the deadly sin of pride by rejecting God as their shepherd and seeking to decide as God does what is good and what is evil. This was the original sin. As a result, God took back the preternatural gifts and left Adam and Eve with a fallen nature: darkened intellect, weakened will, and a lack of inner harmony with Himself.
Since Adam and Eve were the progenitors of all mankind, we their descendants inherit their fallen nature. We became Eph 2:3 “children of wrath.”
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