Originally Posted by Mel-o-rama
Originally Posted by Todd
I'm not convinced that they would be unknowingly sinning. Also, consider that in a non-fallen world, God may give more commandments as he deems appropriate for the circumstances, and they would thus know that sleeping with someone you are not married to is wrong, just like Adam and Eve knew it was wrong to eat the forbidden fruit.
In other words, they would have knowledge to discern good from evil?
If you tell your kid don't have sex before it's time (or marriage, whatever), he says ok, does he really know what it means to have or not have sex? Say he doesn't, until he get married, he really knows what sex is like then, and may have avoided some pain and suffering that he would've had had he been sleeping around. But would he really understand what it means to have that pain and suffering, since he hadn't done it? He kind of knows, maybe, and is probably happy he didn't have to go that route, but he doesn't really know
Just as if a teenager reads all about sex, all the porns, even masterbates (I know it may not be all that kosher in a religious thread, hey maybe in any thread, but I'm a down-to-earth kinda guy, and dead honest too), does he really know what it means to have sex, until he does it?
Adam and Eve did not
have a clue of what is evil (it did not exist in their eyes), and at that, did not know really what is good (in the sense that they had nothing to compare to). But they did have a command from God, Whom they loved, Who created them. They had a free will to obey or not to obey. They didn't obey. That's the extend of what the Scripture says. I'm uncomfortable to add or take away from it than what it says.
It's like if I say don't step into this box, it's a blackhole, you don't really know what a blackhole is (hey does any of us really), but if you step into it, you'd be sucked in, or it's like you've taken the matrix pill, you don't really know what you will know or see before you decide, but you do know you have a decision to make.