The fall of humankind.
God made everything very good. Everything that humankind needed to enjoy the eternity with God had been made and was accessible to man. “Then God saw everything that He made, and indeed it was very good.” Genesis 1:31, NKJV. God informed the first human beings that an evil force exists; it is opposed to God’s ways of good and is bent on conquering. Therefore, Adam knew why God commanded him not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam understood the consequences of disobedience. He knew what God meant by saying, “you shall surely die.” God informed the first human pair about evil and its goals. Knowing about evil is not evil knowledge, and is not a violation of the law. In like manner, knowing about righteousness does not make one righteous. The knowledge of evil, which comes by a decision to experience it, is evil and is a violation of the law. When the time had come, humankind made a deliberate choice to experience evil, which brought grave consequences with it.
In due time, the evil force approached the humankind to tempt it, in Adam and Woman. Lucifer understood humanity more than we could know, so he did not contact the first human being in a human form, but as a serpent. What would have been the result had he come to them in human form, we do not know. Lucifer is the most intelligent created being, and he employed an approach that offered the highest probability of success. “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.” Genesis 3:1, NKJV. Lucifer, Satan, approached the woman first, not the man. Why? We could not know. However, Lucifer is the highest order of created intelligence, and he knows what will give him the best chance of deception. He is using the same tactics today. He wanted to engage the woman in a conversation, so he repeated God’s command but not in the same word-order. The woman responded with an attempt to correct Satan, and that is all he needed. Through a serpent, Satan told the woman that humankind would not “surely die” but will get smarter; they will know good and evil. Up to now, the first human pair knew good only.
Satan did not tell the woman that they will know more about the good and the evil. He knew how much Adam and Eve knew about evil; however, he wanted them to know evil and experience it. Did the woman realize that knowing about evil, is not the same as knowing evil, we do not know? God created human beings with the capability and desire to increase their knowledge. However, God wanted humankind to grow in the knowledge of the good, not the evil. Satan understood that, so he appealed to the human desire to know more. He infused the doubt whether human beings are in the image of God entirely. Did they become like God, as Satan stated? “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil…” Genesis 3:22, NKJV. The woman did eat the forbidden fruit and, thus, became a sinner. Therefore, Adam had to make an intelligent, deliberate decision. What ensued as a result?
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