The fall of man Essay

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the fall of man



“Paradise Lost”
for Prof. Lange Clarkson University
Fall 1999

The “fall of man” as seen described in the first book of the Holy Bible, Genesis, is
portrayed as a sinister act. The fact that Eve fell into temptation seems to be the
foundation on which everyone bases his or her misplaced chance at paradise. What many
people fail to see is that much good came from the “fall of man”, and should be thanking
Eve for choosing to fall into sin. Without Eve we would not have the concept of free
will, “good” would have never existed without “bad”, people would not have adapted and
would have been satisfied with their original surroundings, and we would act automatically
without any thought. Man would be and just be.


“’You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and
you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’” When the serpent tempts Eve, she is given
the chance to choose to eat from the tree of knowledge. She chooses to eat and share her
fruit with Adam. When they eat of the tree, their eyes are opened and they both realize
that they are without clothes. This is the point at which man recognizes the concept of
free will. Now that Adam and Eve know the difference between “good” and “bad,” they have
the responsibility of making choices. As opposed to the choices being made for them by
their creator, God, before they ate of the tree of knowledge. We now have the power to
choose what we want and not the way fate, or God, directs.


Many people can also argue that “good” cannot exist without “bad.” There would have never
been a difference unless Eve ate of the tree. We would be like children. We would sin and
not know. You can look at it like two extremes, black or white. The color white is made up
of all colors and can only be a color if colors existed. Same with the color black, black
is the absence of all colors but can only be described that way if there were colors.

We can only be described as “good” if there were “bad” in the world and strayed from it.

Besides gaining free will and “good “or “bad,” we were able to explore the globe and
settle. If Adam and Eve would have never eaten the apple, they would be satisfied with
their surroundings. The fact that God banished them from the Garden of Eden forced Adam
and Eve to propagate, and forced offspring to explore and settle the globe. This is where
all the great explorers come into play. Christopher Columbus had the opportunity to
discover a part of the world, just as Ferdinand Magellan had the good fortune of
circumnavigating the globe for the Catholic Church. As a result of travel, we were able
to grow physically and mentally. Like in The Odyssey, Odysseus has to travel to several
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