What Adele’s Shocking New Bible Clip Teaches About Sin

At first glance, the new music video for Adele’s recent song “Oh My God” seems consistent with its name: irreverent or sacrilegious. What else could lyrics like “I’m a grown woman and I do what I want” prescribe? A closer look, however, reveals themes and truths that are actually quite biblical and illustrate what happens in the pursuit of misplaced desires.

The video, which Adele fans say includes plenty of nods to her divorce, begins fresh and simple, a shot of a single apple neatly placed on a wooden chair. It’s one of many biblical references, including the Garden of Eden, Heaven and Hell, and Good and Evil, which perhaps explains why the entire montage is black and white.

It is the fall of humanity in the garden that is most thematically pronounced – illustrated by the fruits, flowers and a serpent – and ties everything else together. And whether the artist intended it, one particular line sets the biblical theme and trajectory of the entire song: “I’m still out of control since the fall.”

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