By: Ely Lagajino
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6: 23 (KJV)
After God conducts the wedding ceremony in the garden, Adam immediately orients Eve about the rules in the paradise of Eden as part of his Cupid’s bow.
One early morning, perhaps while Adam and Eve are harvesting peanuts for breakfast, Eve suddenly wanders near the forbidden tree. She stops in front while questioning aloud to herself, “Why does God forbid us to eat the fruits of the tree of knowledge of good and evil?”
Surprisingly, she hears a beautiful mellow voice questioning her. “Did God say do not eat these beautiful fruits?”
Suddenly Eve sees a fascinating creature coiled in one of the branches; she instantly believes that the serpent can read her thoughts and must be very wise. She is clueless that Satan uses the snake as his speaker gadget.
Eve answers, “God allows us to eat the fruit of the trees in the garden except for this good and evil fruit. God said, ‘You must not eat the fruit of it or even touch it for you will die.'”
The serpent answers Eve, “You shall not surely die, for God knows that the moment you eat this fruit, you will become a genius, you can invent gadgets like computers and cellphones, it will widen your knowledge, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:2-4)
The snake immediately plucks the fruit and touches Eve’s hand with a two in one promo; you see, no harm and death happened to you by handling the fruit; it will not even harm you by eating. Eve eats the fruit and picks another for take-out to share with her husband.
When Satan tempts, it’s like fake news; he tells only half-truths. He says that Eve will not surely die by eating the fruit. Well, right, she did not die instantly, but the serpent doesn’t tell her that eating the fruit means disobeying God which is sin that creates a barrier between God and man. This sin causes Adam and Eve along with the entire human race to experience pain, suffering and death.
Patriarchs and Prophets p.12