Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Eve Sinned Worse Than Adam

Eve sinned more grievously than Adam; Eve wanted to become like God against God's will but Adam did not want to do so against God's will. Eve sinned against God and her neighbor by sinning herself and suggesting that Adam sin. Adam's sin is less grievous because he agreed to sin, as St. Augustine puts it, due to some kind of "friendly good-will" which can make men "offend God" instead of making "an enemy of his friend," though Adam should not have done this.{1} God punished Eve more severely than Adam [Gen 3:16-19].

I wonder if Adam and Eve are saints. They did not sin against the Holy Ghost,{2} and it is hard to believe they did not repent and grow closer and closer to God for the rest of their extremely long lives; Adam lived another 930 years [Gen 5:5].

Notes and References
{1} Bishop St. Augustine the Great of Hippo, Doctor Gratiae, Gen. ad lit. 11:42.
{2} Bishop St. Augustine the Great of Hippo, Doctor Gratiae, City of God 14:11.

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