Who sinned first, Adam or Eve ?

Eve sinned first in the Garden of Eden, but sin entered the world through Adam ( Romans 5:12).
Read also (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-7).
Read also (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-7).

We see from the text that God told Adam he could eat from any tree in the garden except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Afterwards, God made Eve out of Adam’s side. Though the text does not say that Adam specifically told Eve what God had said, we can conclude that he did. Eve knew not to eat of the fruit (Gen. 3:2).

Adam was with Eve
Some Christians assert that Adam sinned first because he did not prevent Eve from eating the fruit since he was “with her” (Genesis 3:6). But, when we ask what that phrase “with her” means, we cannot logically determine that it means he was standing right next to her and was fully aware what was going on. The text simply says that he was there with her. But, what does it mean? Does it mean he was with her in the garden far away? Does it mean that he was 50 feet away? Without knowing, we cannot say that he was standing next to her during this dialogue Eve had with the devil. So, it cannot be maintained that Adam actually committed the first sin by permitting Eve to eat of the fruit.
As Eve was tempted by the devil, Adam was tempted by Eve.
Sin entered the world through Adam
We know that sin entered the world through Adam because Paul says so in Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.” But if Eve sinned first, how was it that sin entered the world through him and not her? The answer lies in the doctrine of federal headship which says that the male represents the descendants, not the female.



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