The And Benefits Of Human Sin

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Kamila Hilal Social Foundations I

Professor Rosof September 14th, 2014

Two Sides To Every Coin: Weighing the Consequences and Benefits of Human Sin

The Tower of Babel, the Fruit of the tree of Knowledge, and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden all share in common the stern consequences of human actions in the face of God. The significance of these biblical events are often associated with negative views of the punishments that were placed. The Tower of Babel is associated with God’s punishment of “scattering” humans across the earth thus separating a once unified people. The expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden for eating the Fruit of the tree of Knowledge is discerned as a negative outcome for man’s wickedness. Although there is significance in the punishments God places on humans in these chapters of Genesis, positive effects do emerge from these events as well. Among the repercussions of human’s sin emerge free will, the power of choice, and the ability for human beings to develop and evolve.

The building of the Tower of Babel and the consequences humankind suffered from doing so portrays the relationship between human beings and God. By building The Tower of Babel, "...a tower with its top in the heavens..." (Genesis 11:4), mankind believed that they could reach the realm of God himself, physically but more importantly, symbolically. By building
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