How did Adam respond to the LORD God when asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” (Genesis 3:11) Did he ‘fess up to blowing the only commandment God gave him? Did he fall on his face in grieving contrition before his Creator? Did he beg for forgiveness and repent of his prideful disobedience?
None of the above. Instead, he tried passing the buck to his wife, and implied that it was all God’s fault because he gave the woman to him. After all, Adam must have thought, Doesn’t God know the end from the beginning? He knew the woman would drag me down!
Thing is, Adam also knew that God doesn’t tempt(James 1:13), so implying that God tempted him, besides being a huge cop out, was a lie. Adam virtually dug his own grave.
I’m not saying the outcome for Adam and Eve would have necessarily improved, had they confessed their sin and repented. That wouldn’t have changed the fact that they came to know good and evil. Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. (Genesis 3:22-23) Even so, God honors our faithful contrition, repentance, and holy living. So, what if …?
Is all this useless conjecture? Maybe. What do you think?