Before the Fall - Adam and Eve Unashamed in the Garden

Adam and Even Enjoy Complete Freedom and Innocence in the Garden of Eden

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How long Adam and Eve enjoyed their relationship in the garden before the fall is unknown. It may have lasted years, but perhaps, only days. For a period of time, it was truly heaven on earth. “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” (Genesis 2:25) They were unashamed because they were pure before God, and knew only that which was good, and had neither thought or experienced anything that was evil.

Sadly, after this brief time of innocence, every time nakedness is referred to in the Bible, it is always associated with shame and dishonor. The beauty and purity that existed when God first put Adam and Eve together has, for the most part, been spoiled by the adversary.

But for a time, the first couple was wholesome, uninhibited, comfortable, not self-conscious, but happy and free to enjoy the life God had given them. This should be the goal in a Christian marriage -- to have such love for God and each other, and such unity, that daily life can be peaceful yet exciting, busy but satisfying, rich and full of surprises and blessings. Sure, there are challenges, trying times, weariness and fatigue sometimes. But instead of daily anxiety, daily reassurance. For Adam and Eve, each new day was another day full of wonder and amazement.

Adam and Eve were unlimited, free to learn about all the things in the garden, including the animals, the sun, moon and stars, and each other. The world was fresh and uncontaminated and they had an uninterrupted connection with God. Their bodies were healthy and unflawed, their minds alert, inquisitive and eager. Again, this can describe the characteristics of a Christian marriage, as two people dream and plan together, truthfully and openly communicating their thoughts and feelings to each other. And their intimate times can be cherished times of love and enjoyment.

God promises a new heaven and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22 and 2 Peter 3:13) “in which righteousness dwells,” and “the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.” The shame experienced in this present life will be nonexistent, and God's people will again stand and walk before Him with no sense of guilt or condemnation. Galatians 5:1 states, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Today, because of Jesus Christ's sacrifice that paid the price for all sins, believers are liberated from the guilt of sinfulness and have no reason to feel ashamed. God loves and accepts His people. “God is not ashamed to be called their God.”
(Hebrews 11:16)

Written by: Pete Miller