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Blind Spots (part 2)

We need others to help us see what is in our blind spots.  We can’t always see the "snake in the grass" (satan) or deal with the "enemy within" (our flesh) by ourselves.

That is why so many have wondered why Adam didn’t help Eve.  After all, the text says that Adam was "with her" (Gen.3.6b) and yet he did nothing.

Why do you think he was silent when Eve needed him most?

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posted February 11, 2008 at 11:00 am

Was Adam fearful of “choosing” between God and his wife? Was he afraid to take a side? Fear did not exist yet – so what was Adam’s hang up?
I also can’t figure this out – did God CREATE us with blindspots? Why didn’t God give Eve the protection she needed from her blindspots? God only gave Adam direction on what tree to avoid. What was God trying to get Adam to do? And why didn’t God make it clearer?

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posted February 11, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Do you think that maybe Adam secretly desired to eat of that tree? It seems to be human nature that we always seem to desire that which cannot have…

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posted February 16, 2008 at 11:43 am

Amanda,You offer some good thoughts on why Adam remaine silent…thanks. As to whether or not God created us with blind spots…at some level it’s a metaphor that doesn’t help us with questions like that. I think God did give them what they needed…his word, his presence and each other.
BigD…I agree with you on the human nature thing…that’s often times how it works.
Thanks for the comments.

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posted February 17, 2008 at 3:18 pm

–Why do you think he was silent when Eve needed him most?–
I offer a guess that Eve repeated the words of the serpent back to Adam in a very convincing way. I also guess that there may be a break in time between verse 5 and 6. It may be possible that the serpent was speaking with Eve when she was alone, and not even near the tree because she said “in the middle of the garden” instead of “that one.” Then in verse 6 she was looking at the tree, so it could be later and the serpent may not even be with her.

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posted February 18, 2008 at 11:58 pm

“Why do you think he was silent when Eve needed him most?”
Perhaps, because he wanted to partake of the fruit too. Silence is often approval. Adam does not seem to have been punished for not preventing Eve from exercising her freedom to make a choice, but instead for heeding her offer to partake of the fruit. They both made a choice to follow their eyes, decieved by the smooth serpent, the beautiful tree, and temptation to be god-like. It is easier to sin when others are doing it. We can claim blindness and blame another, such as Eve blaming the serpent and Adam blaming Eve. Our sin and our blindness never seem solitary acts, and affect those around us and those that come after, such as our children. Thankfully, we can now make the choice to accept the covering of God’s forgiveness and bridge that seperation that Adam and Eve first created.

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