A Question I Was Asked:

Was Adam and Eve's Shame of Nakedness All About Sex?

You have an article on nakedness of Noah, but what of Adam and Eve? In Gen 2:25 they were unashamed, yet in Gen 3:10 they became naked but ashamed. Was the taking and eating of the fruit connected with a sexual act? Were there similarities with Noah's nakedmess?

UK Apologetics Reply:

No this was a far different matter to Noah's nakedness which occurred much later. The big difference here concerns what happened between the two verses you refer to. The Fall of Man took place! Let us look at it:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"

"You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (Genesis 3:1-7, NIV).

The taking of the forbidden 'tree of the knowledge of good and evil' meant that - thereafter - they (that is, the first couple and their progeny) would now judge (decide for themselves) between good and evil, becoming entirely separated from the divine instruction which was freely available but which which, of course, they rejected. This is truly the beginnings of 'the scientific method' which men and women have followed ever since. That is, one decides what is true or false purely by experimentation and by evaluating a thing's effects upon people.

The couple had previously been naked completely innocently (only being in the company of God and the angels) but now human curiosity took over; should one really be naked? Of course at that stage there was no problem but, following the Fall, nakedness would become problematic, leading to temptation, especially as the human family increased. The interesting thing is how guilt immediately entered the fallen mind, and we all still suffer from it. It is as though God said, 'okay, you do things your way but I will still allow guilt and conscience to have an affect upon human minds.' But for these two things, how evil would human society have become? One may ponder. Yet guilt, as well as being a warning, has been a two-edged sword; sometimes men and women suffer needlessly from guilt when there is no need, especially after forgiveness has been sought, possibly for some regrettable act, maybe in one's youth. When God forgives us, He does not like to see us wallowing in guilt.

The taking and eating of the forbidden fruit, however, has nothing to do with the sexual act between a man and his wife which is entirely good, healthy and appropriate leading to the blessing of children.

Of course, like many a crooked used car salesman, Satan did not explain the full deal to the first couple; the enormous suffering which would now come on the human creation by their path of experimentation, the pain, the suffering, agony and despair, the regular pattern of death, their future exposure to things like wild animals, tsunamis, earthquakes, droughts and other weather disasters, plus pestilence and wars. God would have protected from these things. No, Satan only told the first couple of what appealed to their vanity, 'you can be as wise as God just through the path of human experimentation, trial and error, plus: you decide for yourselves what is good or evil.' It is, of course, a lie, especially when Eternal Life in the company of God ('the tree of life') was also on offer. Truthfully, Satan craftily pointed the first human couple to the path of death.

Robin A. Brace. April 22nd, 2014.