paradise lost - The Bad Fruit of Knowledge In each person...

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In each person is a choice and a chance. Through small decisions we define our character by choosing between right and wrong. However, each of these decisions are influenced by outside sources. We are creatures that were created to be conditioned. This has been the case since the beginning of mankind. In the Bible, the book of Genesis tells of the first humans to be subjected to a choice. Adam and Eve were provided with everything they needed to survive, but as the humans that God assembled, they were innately curious to learn and become something more. This prompted them to disobey the Lord and taste of the Tree of Knowledge. The Bible reads: “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.” (Genesis 3:6) In this moment, sin entered into religious literature and into the mentality of mankind. The pure beings that God created in his image disobeyed and altered the course of each generation to follow them. Many argue that this moment was “the fall of man;” sin became an inborn attribute that each person must struggle against to gain approval in the eyes of their Creator. Others believe that this was mankind’s “fortunate fall” because we could now understand good and evil and become more like God. While both sides can be argued, the story is truly explaining simple human nature. Adam and Eve were following the desire to learn that God instilled in them. They were conditioned to listen and follow orders and had very
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2009 for the course ENG 205 taught by Professor Abbott during the Spring '08 term at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

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