In this past Sunday’s God Questions series, we tackled the question: If God loves the world so much then why is there so much pain in this world? In talking about that, we mentioned that pain was introduced with the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Astute listeners have pointed out that in Genesis 3:16, God gives Eve (and all women after her) the bad news that He would increase her pain in childbirth. This implies that there was at least some pain in childbirth before the fall.
This is correct. When we said that pain came after the fall, we meant pain in the sense of pain, suffering, and grief. The central nervous system was designed by God to to help us react to our environment. If Adam had stubbed his toe on a rock in the garden before the first sin, I believe he would have felt pain, just as he would have after the fall.
Thanks to all of you who were listening and asked about that! 🙂