God has feelings too! Remember , we are made in His image! He is patient ; He can be angry; God is love;( and love is patient , kind) I think we hurt Him when we disobey Him, and use His Name UNWISELY, And when we put other things first.
iIt was DISOBEDIENCE that got us into trouble---not the ACT of eating! AND IT WAS NOT AN APPLE! Scripture does not specify what fruit. it just says FRUIT!
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More to learn from rather than punishment. If I touch a hot stove I get a very painful feeling. So I don't do that again and burn off my finger. I don't think it has anything to do with the apple but the way we are created. Self preservation.
We don't really need to pretend that these silly stories are worth any time at all spent contemplating them. Like the Garden of Eden or Noah and the Flood, or Moses and some burning bush, they're all just tales similar to the truly ancient stories primitive people told themselves, because we like good plot-lines.
"Feelings" to feel: Sadness, worried, Love, joy, laughter, regret, and list goes on. Just like a mother that when giving birth has much pain (some cases not all) but after comes joy. Just like some memories at the time of punishment because of a wrongdoing was painful but now you laughed at the things you might have done. Or even thank your parents for the discipline that they gave you that you are a person of good conduct and discipline. In other words we were giving feelings so we can love and enjoy everything that surrounds us. We would be like a machine that does not feel or express itself.
God created humans in His image (Genesis 1:26). And like God, sometimes we are happy, sometimes we are sad. (Genesis 6:5,6; Matthew 5:3-11). However, emotions are good. Feelings are to life as spices are to food. Without them life would be boring and bland.
God did not give us feelings to unish us. He wanted us to feel good things, like joy and love. He doesn't want us to experience the bad feelings, like pain and suffering. We have to recognize that God is not the cause of the bad emotions we face.
To teach us right and wrong. Obedience is the main object. Even if we left God out of the equation .. Obedience is involved in everything : Obey the law of the land: Kill..go to prison Robbery.. Go to jail Speed.. Get a ticket Eat too much.. Get obese & disease Adultry.. Get a divorce +disease Do not study.. Fail the class Get to work always late.. Get fired ITS ALL ABOUT OBEDIENCE OBEDIENCE PRODUCES GOOD RESULTS IN LIFE
What he instilled in us that may cause us to have feelings is called a "conscience". Not a punishment but a guide if we train it based on Bible principles. It can accuse us or excuse as an aid to making choices in life.
Evil came into the world thru satan afte A n E ate the firbidden fruit (probably NOT an apple). Negativity of every kind was part of that evil. Emotions are part of what make us human and pain and sadness were not what God meant for us. Those came with the sin humans chose to commit and still commit today.
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What did Adam and Eve feel before the Fall? Bliss? Joy? Let's see...a lifetime of eating, drinking, being naked and having sex whenever...how long before that life gets old? Oh, I know it sounds like heaven on earth, but think about it. How many years before it becomes routine and boring? We need the downs to appreciate the ups, so I thank God for the serpent! Or I would, if I believed that silliness.