WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND?
ried out, when he blessed them and said : "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it." (Genesis 1 :28, Da) The purpose of their marriage was to bring children into the earth, children as perfect as themselves . With these they were to fill the entire earth, for that was the purpose of God's creating it : "He is the God-who formed the earth and made it-he established it -he did not create it a chaos, he formed it for a dwellingplace ." (Isaiah 45 :18, AT) In order to make all the earth a suitable place for perfect mankind to inhabit, it was necessary for them to obey God's command and subdue the earth outside of the paradise of pleasure and make the whole surface of the earth a garden of Eden . Then obedient mankind would dwell here forever . 12 . Do not take the word of some religious clergyman for it, but search the inspired written Record for yourself . See that God made no promise to Adam and Eve that if they continued obedient during all the period of their test God would end their existence on this earth and would take them to heaven. "The first man is out of the earth and made of dust ." Man's natural and everlasting place of habitation is the earth, subdued into a paradise of pleasure . "The heavens are the heavens of Jehovah ; but the earth hath he given to the children of men." (1 Corinthians 15 :47, NW; Psalm 115 :16, AS) Sexual intercourse between Adam and Eve would have been in obedience . Their sin 12. What shows whether Adam and Eve were to be taken to heaven If they proved obedient?