Did you know...
that the first people on earth were Adam and Eve?
This story is about the Garden of Eden.
After the Creation, God planted a garden in Eden. It was filled with all sorts of beautiful things, and trees of all kind that produced delicious fruits. God had formed a man from the dust of the ground, breathed life into him, and the man became a living person named Adam.
God placed Adam into the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it, but God gave him a warning: "You may freely eat any fruit from any tree, except fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat of its fruit, you will surely die."
God brought every beast of the field and every bird of the air for Adam to see what he would call them, and this became the creature's name.
God saw that it was not good for the man to be alone, he had no companion, so He caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep. As he slept, God took one of Adam's ribs and made a woman from the rib and brought her to him. The man exclaimed, "She is part of my own flesh and bone! She will be called woman, because she was taken out of a man."
The man and his wife lived in the Garden of Eden. They were very happy and had all that they needed. They were both naked, but they did not feel any shame.
Well, in the Garden of Eden there lived a serpent. He was very cunning. The serpent called out to the woman and asked if God had said that they must not eat any of the fruit in the garden. "Of course we may eat it", the woman replied. "It's only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat from. God says we must not eat it or even touch it or we will die."
"You won't die," hissed the serpent. "God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it. You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil."
The woman was convinced. The fruit from the forbidden tree looked delicious, and it would make her wise, so she ate some of the fruit. She gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate some too.
At that moment, their eyes were opened. They suddenly felt ashamed at their nakedness. They strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves.
Toward the evening, they heard God walking in the garden, so they hid themselves. God called to Adam, "Where are you?"
Adam answered, "I heard you Lord, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked."
God asked, "Who told you you were naked? Have you eaten the fruit I commanded you not to eat?"
"Yes" Adam admitted. He told God that the woman had brought him the fruit. The woman told God that the serpent had tempted her into eating it.
God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you will be punished. You will be cursed to crawl in the dust on your belly for as long as you live."
Adam named his wife Eve. She would become the mother of every living person. God made clothes out of animal skins for Adam and his wife to wear. God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us now, knowing all things. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and pick fruit from the tree of life and eat it. If he does, he would live forever.”
So God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden to work the ground man had been made out of. God then placed cherubim on the east side of the Garden of Eden. He also placed a flaming sword there that flashed back and forth. The cherubim and the sword guarded the way to the tree of life.
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