The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree

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The Book of Genesis begins with the depiction of the Fall, the ramifications of which are echoed throughout the Bible, such as in the case of the impiety of Noah’s son, Ham. To fully understand the connection of the Fall to Ham, it is necessary to examine the Fall, the nature of sin, how it is passed through the generations, and the effects of it in the life Ham. Thus, in this paper, I will argue how the sin of Adam and Eve is transmitted to the entire human race, as a sin of nature, since it becomes a habit of mankind. This habit of abusing freedom echoes its ramifications of disorder such as disobedience against God, disorder between Creator and created, disordered passions, and destruction of the roles within a family, as is seen in the impiety of Ham.
In Chapter Three of the Book of Genesis occurs the Fall of Adam and Eve. Adam is the first man made by God; he has reign over the creatures, is in charge of serving the garden, has the power to name creatures on behalf of God, and is married to Eve. In sum, Adam is “the universal bridegroom. He’s married to all of humanity…[Adam is the] firstborn son, king, priest, prophet, and bridegroom.” But Adam destroys his roles when he and Eve believe the snake’s message that, “You can’t trust God as your loving Father. His rules aren’t for your good. He just doesn’t want you to experience the kind of life he enjoys.” Eve saw the beauty and desirability of the apple, so “she took of its fruit and ate; and also she gave some to her husband, and he ate.” Thus, Adam and Even broke God’s command not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, showing their disobedience and disrespect towards God. Naturally, their action had consequences and God punishes them by bringing pain into the act of childbearing, husbands ruling over wives, men working for food, and death. In the Fall, we see Adam neglecting his role to till and keep the garden, since the serpent is inside talking to Eve. We also see Eve doubting and feeling inferior to God, because she eats of the apple in an effort to gain His knowledge. Due to the fact Adam takes of the apple and obeys his wife, rather than God, it is clear he values his wife more than God, which is disordered. After the Fall, they have knowledge of their nakedness and God commits the first animal sacrifice as He clothes them. This knowledge and shame shows that Adam and Even cannot control their thoughts, lust has entered their relationship; thus, they are tempted to view each other as objects, and Eve becomes that by which Adam has kids, rather than “bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.” Therefore, the effects of their sin are seen.
To fully understand what exactly Adam and Eve did by sinning, it is important to understand what sin is. Sin is the disordered and intentional choice to disregard God, in an effort to be like Him. As the Catechism says, sin is “humanity’s rejection of God and opposition to him.” The consequences of sin were already...

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