Good and evil and the serpant

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Good and evil and the serpant

Postby steve » Sun May 18, 2014 9:53 pm

In chassidic thought the serpent has a spiritual meaning.
If Adam and Eve were perfect why did G-d allow the serpent to entice them ? ( Nothing happens unless G-D allows it to happen)
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Re: Good and evil and the serpant

Postby rivka » Tue May 20, 2014 7:59 pm

Who says they were perfect? They were human, and while humans may seek perfection, we can never attain it.

There is also a statement from the Gemara that "Everything is in the hands of Heaven except for the fear of Heaven." God does not prevent us from using our own free will.
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Re: Good and evil and the serpant

Postby steve » Sat May 24, 2014 10:17 am

I read some commentary on Torah. org that said Adam and Eve were perfect.

I didn't think they were perfect either.

It seems eating the apple was the first time Adam and Eve used their freewill.

If G-d wanted Adam and Eve to use their freewill, the only way to do so was to eat from the tree.
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Re: Good and evil and the serpant

Postby Hart60 » Sat May 24, 2014 8:38 pm

steve wrote: If G-d wanted Adam and Eve to use their freewill, the only way to do so was to eat from the tree.

They could have still exercised their free will by not eating from the Tree ( I wonder what the outcome of that scenario would have been), God also gave us the gift of curiosity,I wonder if this was also at play or was it simply pure defiance of on Adam and Eves part.
Just some random thoughts.

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