After the Fall, God is said to have made thistles and thorns appear for our punishment for sin as a curse on the Earth. He also declared that we would eat our bread “by the sweat of our brow”. If God wished to punish us like this, why do we now have all kinds of modern conveniences so that we do not all have to do this? Should we not rather suffer the punishment God has meeted out rather than try to get around it? Should we not, for example, all work the land “by the sweat of our brow” rather than going to the store to get food so that it makes our lives more convenient? Should we not even use modern farming techniques that make farming easier since we are to get our bread “by the sweat of our brow” and, not only this, but “all the days of” our lives? I mean, it would seem that God wants us to spend a considerable amount of our time laboring and toiling/suffering in the labor because of our sin. If we shouldn’t all have to do this, then, why not?
Also, God said that He would greatly increase a mother’s pangs in childbirth. Would it be a sin, then, for a mother to take any medication that would dull this pain? Should she not rather suffer it in its fullest intensity as punishment for her sin? If not, then why not?
Furthermore, is any modern convenience even outside of farming and childbirth and other things specifically mentioned in curses to be shunned in favor of our just (given by God) suffering in labor for our sins? If not, why not? Take machines, for example, that can now do the often (though not always) difficult work that humans used to have to do. Should we not use them because we are not living out the suffering that God desires us to live out as just punishment for our sins?
It would seem that God wants us to spend most of our lives in toil/suffering for our sins and fr less time in enjoyment as many of us very often do today. It would seem that He wants us to do this as punishment for our sin.
Some might argue that He was only speaking to Adam and Even, though others may counter that Adam and Eve also stand in for man and woman generally down through the ages.
If modern conveniences have been designed with the purpose of giving us more time to enjoy life and less time to have to labor or even labor with difficulty, then should we not have them at all, since God seems to want us to labor away our lives?
Any help understanding all this would be much appreciated. I would especially be interested in what those in support of modern conveniences such as those in farming and childbirth would have to say about these things.