1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"
2 The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;
3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'"
4 The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die!
5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. (Gen 3, NASB)
A few minutes ago I was driving back from Walmart with my daughter in the back seat. She just turned 5 years old. We were talking a little about the Bible. Adam and Eve came up because we began talking about sin (as much as one can with a 5 year-old little girl :) ). It was a pretty cliche discussion -you know... "sin is disobeying God" and things like that. I wasn't about to jump into the issue of original sin. Anyway, she asked "why did they do that?", referring to Adam and Eve. I have heard lots of answers to this very question. And, at the root of all of it, sin does really stem from one thing... as a friend of mine said, "its us trying to be God". But for this particular episode, this critical episode, it just dawned on me how detailed the picture Scripture gives us really is. Sure, perhaps we don't know all of the motives of Eve or Adam, but we see one thing in particular.
It is unbelief. God spoke, Satan cast doubt, man bit. There are many scenarios for unbelief to rear its ugly head. We usually think of unbelief in regards to God's mercy, but I believe the most common unbelief is when we 'can what we know about God for something that suits us better. It is like what Paul says in Romans 1, about how we exchanged the truth of God for a lie. It is not as though God was ever unclear, but we exchange what God said for something more palatable to us. For Eve, Satan cast doubt on what God said. Look over the small discourse above in Genesis 3. See how Satan and Eve reason together. Suddenly, that which was declared forbidden is an emblem of self-obtained independence and wisdom. Eve looked upon the fruit and basically convinced herself that eating it would be good -despite what she knew to be true. The fruit looked good, and heck... making oneself wise is a noble desire, right? Being like God? Wow, doesn't get much better than that. Now, what were God's exact words again? Oh... umm... something... oh well...
So it is still with us all. We can all remember vividly spurning any idea of God's retribution for our sin. It seemed much more appealing to simply ignore these verities and go on what we felt was right. After all, we were good people. :) We loved this delusion so much that whenever it came under attack, we covered and protected it as gold. Our sin isn't that bad... and we certainly make up for it with all of the good we do. :p
I am reminded of this, not because we are immune to it as Christians (though some would like to they we are), but because it is one of the first things the Spirit does in bringing us to Christ. Our God is gracious to destroy this delusion. We see it corrode before our very eyes. For some it is gone in an instant, for others it weathers over time. Regardless, when it is gone, we see we are naked. It is at this time that our Father brings to us the Covering that is forever -the blood and righteousness of His Son.