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  •  There's Work and There's Work (2+ / 0-)
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    zett, ramara

    I've seen "till and tend" in other translations too.  The NIV just happens to be the closest to hand by my computer.

    I had only time to post a quick hit-n-run comment before I had to run out.  I'm back now and have a little more time for thought.

    My suspicion is that the labor Adam performed in Eden was not exactly effortless; I think it was challenging enough that he could take satisfaction from it.  The difference, as I read it, is that before the expulsion from Eden, Adam and Eve worked to take care of the beautiful gift God had given them.  Afterwards, they worked to survive, to keep the wolf from the door.

    There's a strain of thought going back to the Medieval period and probably further, that All Nature was cursed by Adam's Sin and that therefore Nature is inherently corrupt and wicked.  I think this unspoken assumption underlies a lot of the knee-jerk reaction some conservative Christians have against Environmentalism.

    But there is a small faction of Evangelicals, who go back to the Gen. 2:15 passage I quoted and see that we descendants of Adam have a responsibility to take care of the Creation which God has given us.  A small faction, to be sure, but is pleases me to see it.

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    by quarkstomper on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 05:05:52 PM PDT

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