[quote="ADouglass, post:1, topic:230922"]
So, from what I've read in the Bible, there are no statements in the Bible that say that Adam and Eve couldn't have had children in a state of terrestrial paradise. But I can see how somepeople might come to that conclusion. One must admit, however, that this is an invalid inference. See Genesis 3:16 "To the woman he said: "I wil intensify the pangs of your childbearing: in pain shall you bring forth children. Yet your urge shall be for your husband, and he shall be your master.""
If anything, I am led to think that had Adam and Eve not sinned by partaking of the forbidden fruit, then Eve would have brought forth children without pain during labor.
Any thoughts? I haven't read every piece of Catholic dogma yet, so my conclusion might just be so obvious that it doesn't come up that often. I was brought up in a church that taught that Adam and Eve couldn't have children until being cast out of terrestrial paradise.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition teaches that the state of original sin is transmitted through procreation by Adam to all mankind. It is also taught that Adam had received original holiness and justice not for himself alone but for all human nature. Therefore Adam first had to freely choose to remain in God's friendship or to prefer himself over God and thus scorn his Creator.
God's blessing to be fertile and multiply was given in advance so that no matter what Adam freely chose to do, he would know his responsibility as the the founder of the entire human species.
Basic Catholic teaching regarding Adam and Eve
is found in the
Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, ISBN: 1-57455-109-4
The good news of Jesus Christ follows in Paragraph 422, etc.
One can put the word paragraph and its number in the Catechism's search bar in link
Entering topics is also very useful since the Catechism does expand on the basics and implications. . Do check out the references in the margins and in the Index.
When one enters a paragraph number, like "paragraph 355", and then clicks on the opening line, CCC Search Result - Paragraph # 355 the following is under the paragraph:
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