the heaven's and the earth.
This was the first thing
the bible tells us. Out of
the formless darkness God made
this beautiful world we live in.
He made night and day.
He seperated sky and earth,
land and sea, and when the
world was formed God created
the living creatures on it.
Finally God made man and woman.
The first man was called Adam.
A name meaning man or earthman.
For God had created man out
of the earth. The woman was named
Eve. Meaning living.
Adam and Eve lived in a
beautiful garden where they had
everything they needed without
worrying or working. This
garden was called Eden. And they
lived there in perfect happiness.
And God talked directly to them.
Telling them everything they
needed to know. This garden was
also called Paradise.
God gave Adam one firm command:
there was one tree whose fruit
he must NOT taste. This was the
tree of the Knowledge
of good and evil. Now Adam and
Eve had never known anything bad
so they could not understand
the difference between good things
and evil things. God knew that
if Adam and Eve learned that
things would be bad, they and all
men and woman after them would
be subject to fears, anger, hatred
and sadness. Perfect happiness such as
theirs would never again be
known on earth.
One day when Eve was admiring
the beautiful fruit on the
forbidden tree, she met the serpent.
The creature we call a snake.
The serpent urged her to pick the
luscious fruit, but Eve knew that
God had said she and Adam
could have everything but this.
The serpent however persuaded her
that the fruit would make them
as wise as God Himself. That he
explained was the only reason God
did not want them to eat it.
Tempted by the serpents words
and the beauty of the fruit,
she picked it and she and
Adam tasted it. Immediately they knew they
had done wrong. Afraid and ashamed,
they hid among the trees.
God came into the garden that
evening and finding Adam and Eve
hiding, made them tell Him what
they had done. He sternly explained to
them what they now faced.
They must leave the beautiful
garden forever and go out into the
world where they must work long
and hard to make the land produce
enough to keep them alive. They
would have children, but both they
and their children would always
know their hardship and sadness.
And God's words proved
to be only too true.
No sooner than Adam and Eve's
first two son's grew up than
a terrible thing happened. Their
sons were named Cain and Abel.
Cain the elder was a Farmer and
Abel was a Shepherd. Adam and
Eve had not forgotten God, but
since they could no longer talk
to Him, each of the family offered gifts
to God of the things they produced
to show that they knew they
were still His children.
One day Cain and Abel fell into
a bitter and violent quarrel about
which of their offerings were most
pleasing to God. When it ended
Abel lay dead upon the
ground and the first dreadful
crime of man against
man had been committed.
God punished Cain severely, but
He did not kill him. He
protected Cain from death at the hand
of any man and Cain lived to
found a family of his own.
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