David Milner wrote:
7F00,0000,0000> Still in all, not only man, but all creation was corrupted in the fall. > The ground brought forth thorns and weeds, etc. Man's choice to sin had > wider complications than he ever dreamed, and far wider than just his own > personal corruption. > Interestingly, Isaiah points out that when man is redeemed (Ultimately) > and at peace with God, Nature is at peace with itself. (Swords to > plowshares, lamb lying down with the lion, etc. Maybe that is a place to > start. Just a thought.It is a fine point to argue, and I really do not want this to be an argument, but I have included the NIV text below. Does it sound like God is cursing the earth, or just reporting what the consequences of Adam's sin is? Joe R Genesis 3:14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." 16 To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you." 17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, `You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. 18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."