immortal spirit being. Also, look at this part of the punishment, "upon thy belly shaltthou go, and dust shalt thou eat...." When we see Satan in the book of Job, this is whatwe find:
And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answeredthe LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from
walking up and down in it.
1:7. Satan is walking up and down in the earth, not crawling upon his bellyas the cursed serpent.
Adam and Eve were created immortal beings.
Although God told Adam and Eve they would die if they ate the forbidden fruit, thisdoes not imply that they were made immortal. In fact, we know they were not immortalbecause immortal beings cannot die. Furthermore, in 1 Timothy, chapter 6 we read thatGod alone has immortality.
Adam and Eve were created perfect.
This is neither stated nor implied. Adam and Eve were just two ordinary people. If theywere perfect, they wouldn't have screwed things up so badly.
God gave Adam a soul.
Read it for yourself:
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, andbreathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man
became a living soul.
2:7. Adambecame a soul, he was not given a soul. You do not have a soul, you are a soul.
God gave Adam and Eve a free will.
Although Adam and Eve had a limited ability to make choices, this does not mean theyhad free will. Even animals and computers make choices, but this is not the same ashaving a free will. Nowhere in the Bible are we told that man has a free will.
The Garden of Eden was a perfect place.
I fail to see what is so great about two naked people living in a garden. Without shelter,without technology, and with nothing much to do but tend a garden and name someanimals hardly sounds like paradise to me. Although God called his creation "good",good does not necessarily mean perfect.
There was only one forbidden tree in the garden.
There were two:
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, toknow good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the
tree of life,
and eat, and live for ever.
(3:14) Apparently, the tree of life was also forbidden.
God warned Adam and Eve about hell.
Here is what God said,
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof
thou shalt surely die.
(2:17) Not only isthere no warning of hell here, there is not one verse in the entire Old Testament which