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Did Adam go to Hell?

Did Adam go to Hell?

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Did Adam go to hell? Was the forbidden fruit a fair test? Did Adam have a soul? Take a look at some common misconceptions about the story of Adam and Eve
Did Adam go to hell? Was the forbidden fruit a fair test? Did Adam have a soul? Take a look at some common misconceptions about the story of Adam and Eve

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Did Adam Go to Hell?
The Biblical story of creation and Adam and Eve is one of the most widely knownstories in the world. It's also a story which has about as many interpretations as it doesreaders. Whether you take the story literally or metaphorically, there are so many detailsleft out that you can freely read into it almost any ultimate meaning and purpose. Forexample, I've heard one interpretation which reads it as a kind of "Romeo and Juliet",where Adam knew his wife did something wrong, and he ate the fruit himself knowing itwould kill him, as an act of love. I've also heard many teachers speculating on whatAdam and Eve should have done. Eve should have told her husband, "Honey, somethingis wrong, we have a talking snake, and it's telling me to disobey God", then Adamshould have crushed the intruder with his foot. We could also speculate on what wouldhave happened if they had not sinned. Would everything have been perfect? Would westill be living naked in a garden? Wouldn't the possibility for the fall still have beenpossible for future generations, leaving that danger forever to dangle in front of thehuman race? It's also fun to imagine what Adam and Eve did while they weren'tdisobeying God. What did they talk about? What language did they speak? Did theyhave any pets? Did they plan to build a house? And of course, what did they look like?We've all seen those horrible Medieval paintings where Eve looks horribly fat, andAdam looks like a 60 year old caveman. I would like to think they were young andattractive.Now, there is nothing wrong with using your imagination to fill in the gaps. It's normalto want to know more than the story tells us. My only complaint is that much of whatI've heard taught about the story, isn't even in the story. Here is what I'm asking you todo. Open your Bible to Genesis, and read chapters two and three. Now read thefollowing statements and decide if they are true or false based on the text alone. This isan open book test.
Satan was present in the Garden in the form of a serpent. Adam and Eve were created immortal beings. Adam and Eve were created perfect.God gave Adam a soul.God gave Adam and Eve a free will.
 
The Garden of Eden was a perfect place.There was only one forbidden tree in the garden.God warned Adam and Eve about hell.God said if they ate the fruit they would die spiritually.When Eve ate the fruit, Adam was somewhere else in the garden. Adam and Eve should have known that what they were doing was wrong.God didn't accept Eve's excuse.God cursed the man and the woman.God didn't tell Adam and Eve where they would go after death.Cain was the first one to shed blood.
Ready to check your answers? All of the above statements are
false,
based on the text.Let's take a look:
Satan was present in the Garden in the form of a serpent.
This is probably the most common misconception about the story. The story tells us thatthere was a talking snake, not the devil or Satan. Nowhere is it implied that the serpent isSatan, or that the serpent is possessed by Satan. In fact, Satan doesn't even appear in theBible until the book of 1 Chronicles. You may be thinking that in Revelation, the devil iscalled "that old serpent", but this proves nothing. Just because Satan is called a serpentin Revelation doesn't not mean that every time a serpent is mentioned that it refers toSatan. For example in Numbers 21:8 we read,
 And the LORD said unto Moses, Makethee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
Here we have a serpent which bringshealing to the people. Another example is that both Jesus and Satan are called lions.Satan is a roaring loin looking for someone to devour, while Jesus is called the Lion ofJudah. They are obviously not the same lion. Are you still not convinced? Look at 3:1 -
 Now the serpent was more subtil than any
beast of the field 
which the LORD God hadmade.
The serpent is described as just one of the beasts which the Lord had made. Thishardly sounds like the description of a fallen angel. And the penalty for the serpent isfound in verse 14
Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, andabove every beast of the field;
upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat 
allthe days of thy life.
"All the days of thy life" implies that this is an animal, not some
 
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

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