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Where was Adam when Eve was tempted by the snake?

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Thank you for asking your question about Adam and Eve. I am pleased that you are interested in what the Bible says. 

When we read the narrative of the fall, found in Genesis 3, our initial interpretation is that Eve is alone with the snake. However, there appears to be a key verse: ...she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate (Genesis 3:6) [emphasis added]. Therefore, it would seem from the text that Adam was indeed with Eve. 

What is clear from the passage following this account is that God clearly places responsibility for this act on both Adam and Eve. Both of them have sinned, disobeying God's command, and both are punished. 

Questions may arise at this point, such as 'why didn't Adam stop Eve?' Hindsight allows us to reflect on the various possibilities, but I believe it can be summarised in the point that Adam, too, was deceived by the snake. We may reflect on all sorts of possible actions by Adam, but the fact remains that he still sinned. 

In the New Testament, Romans 5:12 calls it Adam's sin: When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 

Although I am glad that you are interested in the Bible and have specific questions about it, the Bible is much more than just a group of individual stories. Rather, the whole of the Bible points us toward Jesus.

The fall in Genesis 3 shows us clearly that humans have failed to meet up to the standard God requires. In fact, all of us have failed that same standard:

“None is righteous, no, not one;
     no one understands;
    no one seeks for God.

 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
    no one does good,
    not even one.” (Romans 3:11-12)

We have all sinned and the Bible is quite clear about it.

For the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23)

But God loves us and wants to bring us back into a relationship with Him.

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16)

There is good news found in the full version of Romans 6:26:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This wonderful gift of eternal life comes with many other blessings.

In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:5)

In summary, the bible shows us that Adam was present when Eve was being tempted by the snake, and responsibility has been placed on both of them for their sin. We have all sinned, and I encourage you to turn to Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you; call out to him today!

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