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Why did God expel Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden? — J.A.
This verse is often misinterpreted, as are many verses in Genesis. People think that God drove Adam and Eve out because he was angry, no longer valuing them.
In certain non-Orthodox theology, the sin of Adam and Eve makes them absolutely wicked and perverse. In these twisted interpretations, God kicks out the sinners because they sicken him. God forbid! Nothing could be further from the truth.
The image of God remains in mankind after the fall. After the fall God still loves mankind.
As we’ve mentioned before, we do not inherit the guilt of Adam but the “fallen state,” that is aging, sickness, death and a tendency toward sin.
When God expels Adam and Eve from the garden it is in order to help mankind. If God had allowed them to remain in the garden they would have soon eaten of that other tree in the garden, “Tree of Life.”
If they had eaten its fruit the fallen state would have become permanent. We would have become like the living dead.
The scripture said, “Lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.” Gen. 3:22.
We are created to live forever, but God could not allow us to live in the fallen state forever. Thankfully, God in his infinite wisdom decided to expel us.
He knew that soon the son would become incarnate to save us from “the fall.” Specifically, in Christ’s baptism we are saved from the fall.
Soon after we find eternal life when we partake of the “Tree of Life” that blossomed again on Golgotha. The Tree of Life is the cross. Let us take up our Cross and follow Him, and live forever.
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