Eve sinned, even before the Fall in the Garden of Eden

I don't know what causes men in the church to minimize, discount, or otherwise give women a bum rap. In some ways, they're no different than the ilk of the Middle Eastern religions. Concerning Eve, they like to go after her for “adding” to God's word:

The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, (emphasis mine) or you will die.'” (Gen 3:2-3) NASU

God's original instruction to Adam said nothing about touching the forbidden fruit. So these preachers claim that Eve added to the Word of God by introducing the “no touch” clause. In other words, she sinned long before the so-called Original Sin was committed. Remember that our first parents communed with God. The Lord apparently “walked in the Garden” on a regular basis. (Gen. 3:8) Is it too much to assume that Adam and Eve had conversations with God to clarify the issue of the tree? It's ridiculous to assume that God never spoke to them except what is recorded in scripture.

The four Gospels are full of differences between one writer's account and another. If we're going to be fair, we need to accuse the apostles of “adding” to God's word. And there are other places in scripture where the same statements are different when repeated in other books. Paul quoted the Septuagint many times, but he sometimes paraphrased the scripture. So the assumption of Eve lying or being culpable is a rather weak one. But since the bible colleges teach it this way, it has become the “gospel truth.”

When God told Adam not to eat of the fruit, he used the nominative singular:

The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You (singular) may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you (singular) shall not eat, for in the day that you (singular) eat of it you (singular) shall surely die.” (Gen 2:16-17)

So God is speaking to one person—Adam. Then, when Eve is referencing this same commandment, she switches to the nominative plural, meaning that it was spoken to Adam and herself:

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, 'You (plural) shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you (plural) touch it, lest you (plural) die.'” (Gen 3:1-3)

Thus, Eve is admitting that God spoke to both of them. But bible “scholars” want to assume that God never spoke to Eve; that it was Adam who relayed the commandment to his wife.

If you want to get right down to the nitty-gritty, not touching that fruit was plain good advice. Strong's defines the word 'touch' as by implication to reach (figuratively to acquire); (be able to) come near, draw near, reach (up), touch.

Were not Adam and Eve going to have children? Of course they were! Can't you see her telling the kids, “See that tree over there? Don't eat that fruit. Don't touch it. Don't go near it.” Not everything that happened or was said in the Garden is recorded, and to slap Eve with the sin of adding to God's Word is patently ridiculous.

It's bad enough that Adam and Eve did what they did; let's not add to the guilt with our own bogus interpretations.