Example research essay topic: Choices Between Good And Evil In The Bible – 995 words

Throughout the Bible there are many examples of
which humans must make a choice between good and
evil. If the Fall had never occurred humankind
would never have the responsibility to make their
own choices. The consequences of the Fall provide
humanity with the knowledge and characteristics
that make them human. While the knowledge may not
always result in the right choices, it at least
provides people with humanity. Without the freedom
to make their own choices people are more like
soulless beings. Knowledge is a key human
characteristic that often leads to other humanlike
qualities, such as modesty, fear, blame, and
jealousy.

The Fall provides people with those
humanlike qualities. Adam is brought into the
world when the Lord God formed man of the dust of
the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the
breath of life; and man became a living soul
(Lawall 52). However, it is arguable that Adam
actually has a soul at this point because he is
unable to think for himself. He must wait for God
to give him instructions on the way he acts rather
than making his own choices. A true soulful being
would have the ability and the knowledge to react
and do things of their own accord. Not until the
Fall are Adam and Eve able to behave with real
humanlike qualities.

Before the Fall Adam and Eve
act as if they do not have a care in the world and
live to care for the earth and its animals. In
fact, they have no judgments about anything and
seem to live for relaxation. They were both naked,
the man and his wife, and were not ashamed,
(Lawall 53). Being unashamed of ones nudity is a
very unhumanlike quality. Not until the Fall
occurs can Adam and Eve gain the modesty that will
force them to feel embarrassed when they are
naked. Modesty is an important human
characteristic that would not exist if it was not
for the Fall.

Curiosity is actually a trait that
becomes apparent even before the Fall. However, it
takes a while for Adam and Eves curiosity to be
aroused and when they first find out that every
tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou
shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou
eatest therof thou shall surely die (Lawall 53).
Most people would immediately be curious, and many
would doubt the depth of Gods threats. Yet Adam
and Eve continue to go on with their normal day to
day lives until the serpent points out how odd it
is that God would want to keep such a special tree
from his creations. Since the Fall has not yet
occurred Adam and Eve require an outside source to
give them the curiosity needed to eat the apple.
Just like God can easily convince them what to do
so can the serpent. When the serpent opens Eves
eyes to the tree of knowledge she makes the
humanlike decision to sample it. This foreshadows
that she is going to soon be behaving like a
soul-filled human.

And when the woman saw that the
tree was good for foodand a tree to be desired to
make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and
did eatalso unto her husband, and he did eat
(Lawall 53). Eve only sees that the tree is good
for food when the serpent points it out, before
that she takes Gods word that the tree is
something that she must stay away from. The
serpent points out, for God doth know that in the
day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be
opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and
evil (Lawall 53). If the Fall had already occurred
Eve would have wondered about the tree of
knowledge instantaneously. She and Adam would have
wondered about it because it is the forbidden
fruit. One of the most important traits that
humanity gains from the consequences of the Fall
is knowledge.

The way that Adam and Eve act
changes dramatically from before and after the
Fall. Before the Fall they wander around the
Garden of Eden in ignorant bliss, but afterward
they have knowledge, and with knowledge many
things follow. Behold, the man is become one as
one of us, to know good and evil (Lawall 54). Adam
and Eve gain knowledge of good and evil and many
more human characteristics. The modesty that was
written about above now becomes apparent when the
eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that
they were naked (Lawall 53). This is one of the
first events following the Fall.

The Fall provides
them with the knowledge that it is best to cover
themselves (and leave a little to the
imagination). After they realize that they are
naked they heard the voice of the Lord God walking
in the garden of the cool of the day: and Adam and
his wife hid themselves from the presence of the
Lord God amongst the trees of the garden (Lawall
53). God is immediately suspicious because Adam
and Eve are not supposed to hide from God and are
always expected to be honest. However, when God
questions their actions Adam replies, I heard thy
voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I
was naked; and I hid myself (Lawall 53). Now that
Adam and Eve have become modest they will not even
allow God to see them naked. After Adam and Eve
realize that they are naked they quickly gather
together fig leaves to make clothes for
themselves.

The Fall provides them with the
knowledge of their nakedness. Adam and Eve are
quick to shift the blame away from themselves
regarding the Fall. If the Fall had never occurred
they would never have had to shift any blame
because they would never have done anything that
was wrong. However, the serpent feeds Eve the idea
of tasting from the tree of knowledge..

Research essay sample on Choices Between Good And Evil In The Bible