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What Did God Mean Say When He Told Adam And Eve To "Replenish" The Earth?

Posted by Bible Knowledge Online Revelation Theology and Bible Study on May 27, 2011 at 9:15 PM

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[yvonne]
Thank you for posting. I certainly agree with you on much of the symbolism of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. What has be baffled about Genesis is that part of it seems literal and part seems symbolic. I also believe that it is not both. I do believe that God created everything but do not believe that it was all created 6,000 years ago. Problem is that if we spiritualize everything in creation we spiritualize all the animals and many other things. There is to much there for it not to be spiritual in it's meaning in my opinion. Let me know what you think. GB
Reply yvonne
8:34 PM on July 5, 2011 
I think it is 6 literal days.
As for the tree of knowledge of good and evil; I think this is symbolic. I think it has to do with self righteousness. The fruit was good. It didn't strike Eve as bad in any way. But this is because it pleased her carnal nature and so we can say that she used her own flesh...her own self ...to determine good and evil. In this way she took it into herself and became her own judge or god.
She didn't defer to God. God in turn gave her over to herself and she and Adam then knew evil. But really it's because they got ahead of themselves and didn't wait on God's timing to tell them what was wrong. So rather than glorifying in God's protection they had to feel shame, as the result of taking judgment into themselves.