by Joe Alain

Effects of the Fall
Joe Alain
Genesis 3:7-15

Introduction: Prior to Genesis 3, the Garden of Eden was Paradise on earth! But that state of innocence and beauty came crashing down in chapter 3. The downfall began with a fatal choice to disobey God's word, the same way every tragic fall still occurs. Whether it was an apple, a peach or a pear really makes no difference. The choice to deliberately disobey God and ''do'' what God said was off limits, was the fatal error. Man decided he knew best and would be his own god.

And there were tragic consequences that came about as a result of Adam and Eve's sin. While sin can be forgiven because of the work of Christ on the cross, sin always brings negative consequences. Sin promises us the world just as it did to Adam and Eve, but it's a world based on lies, it's a world without God. There were at least four (4) effects of the fall.

1. Loss of Innocence (3:7a)

''Then the eyes of both were opened and they knew that they were naked.'' Adam and Eve's perception changed. What had been theoretical, evil in paradise, is no longer theoretical, it is real! For the first time they have their eyes wide opened, but they and us will wish every day that they had remained shut. They have lost something that that they didn't consider, it was the loss of their innocence. Their disobedience has plunged them into a world where sin will be a daily reality and struggle. They could no longer look upon one another or walk about in their natural nakedness without feeling some sense of embarrassment or shame. They are truly the first ''Naked and Afraid.''

And with the loss of innocence comes the introduction of all kinds of new and distressing possibilities. Now with sin introduced into the human experience, there is the possibility of doubt and suspicion, of not trusting others - even God! There is now the possibility of deceiving and being deceived, there is now the real possibility of conflict, inner conflict with yourself an ...

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