YOUR Curmudgeon once again brings you the view from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of creationist wisdom. A new article at their website answers a question that has long been troubling many of you: Did Adam and Eve Have to Sleep Before the Fall?
What does this have to do with The Controversy between evolution and creationism? We don’t know, but if it comes from AIG, it’s from a rock-solid creationist source, so this information is certain to come in handy one day. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
The Bible doesn’t tell us much about the world before the Fall. But we can make a few inferences based on what God has given us.
So the LORD God caused a deep sleep  to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. (Genesis 2:21)
We are always impressed by the careful methodology of the creation scientists at AIG. They meticulously base their opinions on the data. Let’s read on:
The word used here means specifically a deep sleep (Hebrew: tardemah, Strong’s number 08639). This implies that normal sleep probably did exist, and this deep sleep is much more than normal sleep.
That’s not much to go on. How can the creation scientist come to any conclusions? We continue:
So, I suspect Adam and Eve did have some sort of regular sleep cycle. However, I wouldn’t be certain, as Adam and Eve could have been created merely with the capability to sleep initially.
The researcher’s approach is exceedingly prudent. That’s why we can trust AIG in all things. Here’s more:
They may not have needed it. Perhaps sleep, after the Fall, helps recoup a little of what was lost, since man no longer had access to the Tree of Life after sin (Genesis 3:22).
But we still don’t know! How can we resolve this most vexing problem? Moving along:
In particular, I suspect sleep was a part of the original creation as a reminder of what God did during Creation Week. God, at the end of His work of creation, rested. Later, Moses presented the Israelites with The Ten Commandments, and in Exodus 20:11, God points out that the basis for God resting was a pattern for man to follow. So, man was created to rest — even before the Fall. Also, since God created night during Creation Week, it would be logical that Adam and Eve would have needed rest and sleep before the Fall.
Those are deeply satisfying reasons. We’re getting to the end of this little essay:
Today, in our fallen world, proper amounts of sleep often refresh the mind and the body. While there’s no definitive proof Adam and Eve slept prior to the Fall, rest — in the form of sleep — seems to have been part of the original creation.
That is comforting information. One final line:
But take the time to examine the issue yourself.
Wise counsel indeed! Thank you, AIG.
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