The Fall of Mankind

In the beginning of time as we know it, Adam and Eve, the first humans in this time period, were created good (Gen. 1:24-31). They were given a beautiful and all-sufficient environment in which to live and work (Gen. 2:8-15). They had no shame or regrets, for there was nothing for them to be ashamed of (Gen. 2:23–25). Their life was one of joy and peace. They could freely be in relationship with one another and with God. God had created them for this. But, a true and genuine relationship is unattainable if it is a relationship established and maintained by force and domination. A pure and true relationship requires that two or more individuals choose to be with, and love one another of their own free will. God created Adam and Eve with a capacity to choose whether or not to be in relationship with Him. Mankind was given, and continues to have a free will. However, for them to have this capacity, they had to be given a choice to accept or reject Him, despite the fact that He had created them and had only been generous and loving to them. Since God is good and has no evil within Himself, He could not create evil or tempt anyone with evil. He could only provide an option for the good to be rejected (Luke 18:19, James 1:13). God had given Adam instructions on how to live. Adam was to work, take care of and tend all the trees in his new home, the garden (Gen. 2:15). Adam could eat of every tree except one (Gen. 2:16-17). This tree called the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”, was the place where freedom of choice could be exercised. There was no evil within this tree, or its fruit. It was the place where Adam and Eve could exercise their free will to rebel against their Creator. It was where they could reject life by disobeying God’s instruction, and embrace death (Gen. 2:17). One day Adam and Eve did choose death, rejected life, and rebelled against God (Gen. 3:1-7). Many refer to this event as the “fall” because when they chose to disobey God’s command, they “fell” from their pure state of existence into one of rebellion and sin. God would however, make a way for humanity to be right with Him again (Gen. 3:1-24). The story of the Bible is the revelation to humanity of The Way God has provided to be right with Him again. It explains HOW to have a CONTINUED relationship with Him, and escape the penalty and power of sin in this life and the life to come.

Adam and Eve had been given a wonderful environment. They were at peace with God and every need they had was met. God had been nothing but good to them. What could cause them to choose to forfeit this life God had created for them? What could cause them to rebel against their Creator? There was only one way the Devil could get Adam and Eve to do such a thing. He had to deceive them. Deception is what keeps the minds of men and woman from accepting The Truth, and living by that Truth. The Devil first questioned Eve about what God had said (Gen. 3:1). Then he went on to say that God had lied to them about the tree (Gen. 3:4). He told her that if she eats from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, then she will be like God and have a knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:5). Everything the Devil said was a lie or a distortion of the truth. Eve would not just know of “good and evil” like God, but she would have an experiential knowledge of evil. And that is something God does not have, because He is good and is totally separate from all evil.

Adam was present with Eve, listening as the Devil questioned God’s instruction and proclaim to her that God had lied to them (Gen. 3:6). The Devil’s lies deceived Eve and persuaded Adam to choose not to believe what God had said about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (1 Tim. 2:14). Notice that their problem was not in a lack of information necessary to make the right choice. God had communicated clearly what would happen if they disobeyed Him (Gen 2:17). But, the Devil knew if they didn’t believe the information God had given them, they would, in turn, act accordingly and disregard His declaration. Planting lies within their minds would be his tactic to corrupt their dependence on their Creator. It seems the Devil knew human behavior is regulated by what we Believe. And because of this, he was successful in getting one of God’s highest creations to rebel against Him. It was unbelief that led Adam to willfully choose to disobey the command of God and commit the first act of sin in the human race. Mankind from then on was corrupted, and would have a propensity to sin against God (Rom. 5:12). Because our nature was corrupted, God could no longer have the same type of relationship with Adam and Eve that He had created them for. Adam and Eve were no longer pure and good. They would no longer have their focus on God and His goodness, but instead be focused on themselves and what their corrupted nature would desire. Sin and spiritual death now separated them from having the closeness they had always enjoyed with their creator God. They were forced to leave Eden and had to then provide for themselves (Gen. 3:23-24). But this separation was actually the mercy of God. They could not be granted eternal life unless they were delivered from the evil and sin that was now a part of who they were (Gen. 3:22).