Eve’s perspective on her situation was much like today’s postmodern view:
The fruit was beautiful—“beautiful thoughts, words…” Anyone can claim anything is beautiful (e.g. abortion, perverted sex, euthanasia, false words about God).
Would make one wise—we get to be like God and decide what is right and true!
Tasted good—it’s fun—if it feels good, do it!
She ate the poison and disaster resulted. Meanwhile, Satan laughed up his sleeve and thus commenced the battle for the human heart down through the ages. Have we learned? Have we forgotten the lessons of the ancient past? Do we even believe that this happened?
From the Facebook post of a friend:
The darkness says, “What is truth? Just do what I say. You’ll never really know what is true. And why should it matter, as long as you’re pleasing yourself?”
The Holy One says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
It’s an old story
but it is being replayed every day in millions of hearts.
God: You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.
I want you to live a life in conformity with My character and My holiness.
Serpent to Eve: Did God REALLY say….???
The Bible isn’t meant to be taken literally. You can just decide which parts are true for you.
Eve: God said that if we eat from this tree, we will surely die.
Serpent: You will NOT surely die.
God’s commands are irrelevant for today. Anyway, you only live once!
Serpent: If you eat this fruit, you’ll be just as wise as God!
Nothing is off limits for us enlightened ones. You “rule-keepers” are still in the dark ages.
Eve: The fruit looks beautiful and delicious.
Indulge! You deserve it! If it feels good, do it!
The trap springs! Gone is the life of simple joy and obedience, love and harmony.
How many are lured by these lies today?
It’s a new year, and I’m starting to read through a new Bible. (This one is the “God’s Word” translation. I enjoy reading different versions because it lends freshness. It will be given to one of my grandchildren later with all my notes and markings.)
Each time I re-read this precious Book, I ask the Author to teach me something I hadn’t seen before, or that I had forgotten. And He does! Here’s what I saw this morning in the first chapters of Genesis:
Did you realize that of the very first three people who lived on the earth, each of them were given special instructions by God about something they should not do, each chose to do it anyway, each was visited by God for reprimand and punishment (banishment)—but was not killed.
I think this chart helps me see it better:
What an amazing God we have—full of love, wisdom, justice and mercy!