Why did Adam blame Eve?

Adam and Eve Refuse to Accept Responsibility

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Immediately after Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the Bible says their eyes were opened and they knew they were naked. Something catastrophic had happened. They were awkwardly aware of themselves and uncomfortable. More than just feeling self-conscious, they knew they had done something terribly wrong and violated a sacred trust.

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, 'Where are you?' So he said, 'I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.' And He said, 'Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?'” (Genesis 3:8-11)

God spoke to Adam. Adam was in charge. Adam was God's right-hand man, the one to whom He had given dominion, power and authority. Adam was responsible. Adam could have confessed his sin right then and there. The outcome may have likely been the same, but it would have been the mature thing to do. But notice how fear and self-condemnation so quickly twists one's way of thinking. “Then the man said, 'The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.'” (3:12) Adam blamed the woman and blamed God for giving him the woman. “It wasn't me! She made me do it!” Sounds like present-day children blaming a sibling after being caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

Similarly, in 1 Samuel 15, the prophet Samuel had given God's specific instructions to King Saul. Saul failed and did things according to his own agenda. When Samuel confronted King Saul, he first blamed the people, insisting that it was for a good reason, then, instead of simply being honest, he rationalized even more. He eventually confessed his sin, but again put the blame for his actions on the people, confessing that, indeed, he had disobeyed, but it was because he was afraid of them. This rebellion and stubbornness cost Saul the kingdom.

After Adam blamed his wife, God turned His attention to her. “What is this you have done?rdquo; The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (3:13) In other words, “The devil made me do it!” Eve was correct. She had been deceived, but didn't want to take full responsibility for her actions. Pointing fingers at others may delay consequences for a time, but there are still consequences. God still had to dispense appropriate punishments to all of the offenders. Shifting the blame never works.

Written by: Pete Miller