Originally posted by twhitehead
What did Adam gain after eating the fruit? Did his decedents(us) gain it too? Is it still sinful to have whatever it was?
Why do you dismiss maturity as being the sinful property gained?
Adam gained nothing! and lost almost everything, thus he believed the Satanic lie, that he would be better off independent from God, that God was withholding something good from him. Yes it may be argued that now he was a morally 'free', agent, but now the great universal issue was raised, that being, Gods prerogative as the creator to determine standards of 'good', and 'bad'.
Probably the most devastating thing that he lost was his relationship with God, thus god made recompense for this, by assigning certain humans the the task of reconciling mankind back to him, thus you have the emergence of prophets, all from the lineage of Hebrews and various walks of life which led ultimately to the Christ himself.
i do not know where this belief of knowledge reaching maturity originates from, i have merely shown how this is not scriptural for the reasons given.
I have a famous book by Alexander Hislop, the two Babylons, which is quite interesting at shedding light on pagan elements within Christendom, which naturally he condemns. his interpretation of scripture is not wholly accurate, but it makes for interesting reading. i will try to find it, for there are so many books here all piled on top of oneanother, even on the book shelfs, and post what he states about the apple.