Hi there, my 6 year old daughter has asked me a question that I can’t answer with certainty. It’s also got me asking further questions.
What if Eve had eaten the fruit but Adam hadn’t? Would sin have entered creation anyway?
Or, as I suspect, would Adam have acted like a type of kinsman redeemer for Eve? The reason I wonder this has to do with the order of their actions in Genesis 3:
Genesis 3:6-9 New International Version (NIV)
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
- Eve ate
- Adam ate
- Then both their eyes were opened.
If Adam hadn’t eaten, would neither of their eyes have been opened to their sin?
How would Eve’s actions have been atoned for?
Would she need to be atoned for at all?
I’d be really interested to hear people’s thoughts on this.