This article was last updated on the 20th of February, 2015 by Patrick Carpen
Category: Bible Personalities
Adam in the bible refers mostly to the first man created by God. Adam was the only man who God created with His own hands, and the only man to whom life was given by God himself breathing into his nostrils.
God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden to enjoy a life of eternity. He later created a companion and helper, the woman “Eve” for him since God said “it is not right for man to be alone”.
God gave Adam command over all creation, and the privilege of naming all the animals and plants in creation; but Adam was given just one commandment: thou shalt not eat the fruit of the tree in the midst of the Garden; for in the day that you eat thereof, you shall surely die.
Adam enjoyed life with his wife Eve in the Garden of Eden for an unspecified period of time, until the day when the devil, entering a serpent, deceived Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. The snake said to Eve “you shall not die, but become as gods”.
Eve yielded to the temptation of the devil, and also convinced her husband, Adam to do the same.
“She gave of the fruit to Adam; and he did eat”.
This direct disobedience of God’s only commandment at that time brought sin and death to all creatures on the face of the earth. Further God led Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and put two angels with flaming swords to turn away anyone who came near.
Because of Adam and Eve’s sin, God “cursed the earth for their sake” so that “by the sweat of the brow shall man eat”.
However, God would later relent and provide means for man to be “blessed” with joy and happiness and a “good life“.
After leaving the Garden of Eden, Adam “knew his wife” and they brought forth many sons and daughters which led to the population of the earth as we know it today.
Related: A controversial question: could Jesus have been a reincarnation of Adam?