Answer by John Mackay
Let’s check the original source. In Genesis 3:6-8 we read: “when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:6-8)
Now compare this with their original creation state in Genesis 2:25 where we read “they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
So why were they ashamed? Who was watching?
Actually they were ashamed to be naked because there were so many witnesses! God was one, angels were another, and even the devil would have been sniggering in the background.
On top of that they could view each other, newly deprived of God’s righteousness, and now condemned by a built-in God-witness against evil – their own consciences kicking in for the very first time. Paul reminds us in Romans 2:15 that God has placed this in every one of us. It is why even atheists today talk in terms of right and wrong. Even when a conscience is perverted, it is powerful and it keeps psychologists employed by the thousands trying to get people to ignore it. But in the beginning, the brand new God-standard conscience of Adam and Eve was the first to condemn what they had done, and it would have bought and incredibly convicting burden of guilt and shame.
After six to seven millennia we all suffer from various degrees of moral burnout, and our consciences are nowhere near as sensitive. Some by choice have their moral measuring stick covered with a thick self-imposed scar tissue. You can tell when someone’s conscious has been burned out because they can commit atrocities, and even do evil to themselves, with no shame or remorse whatsoever.
The current “gay pride” push by people for homosexual “marriage” without shame is an example. The desire to euthanize the frail aged or anyone too ill to recover, along with the rampant abortion rate, is another. The consciences of many western leaders have been burned out to the point of not being ashamed that they have condemned to death millions of babies, while claiming to care for ‘innocent’ children.
But Adam and Eve had not yet reached that stage, so when they sinned, they were self-condemned, and were ashamed to be seen by each other. Also they were scared of a righteous God who would return and spot their unrighteousness, so they clothed themselves with fig leaves, and knowing that this was ineffective, they hid themselves when they heard God walking in the Garden. (Genesis 3:8) On top of all that they were ashamed to be seen by anyone, even in the angelic realm.
ADAM & EVE: Who were Adam and Eve? Answer here
DEATH: Did God really kill animals to clothe Adam and Eve, or did He create new skins for this purpose? Answer here
EVE: If Eve was made from Adam’s rib, shouldn’t she be a clone of Adam with a Y chromosome? Answer here
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