The Fall of Man – Part 5 – In the Garden – Original Sin
The Bible states that the woman saw that the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was good for food, it was pleasant to the eyes, and it made one wise. She then ate of the fruit and gave some to her husband. (Genesis 3:6)
Genesis chapter three verse six reveals the lusts that the devil uses to tempt mankind. The woman saw that the fruit was pleasant to the eyes, (lust of the eyes). She saw that it was good for food, (lust of the flesh). She also desired the fruit to be wise, (pride of life).
Every sin that man does is caused by one of these three temptations: lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and pride of life. (I John 2:16-17)
We would be wise to run from these three temptations as fast and as far as we can. People are too easily caught in the web of sin. Many good men and women have ruined their lives by succumbing to seemingly harmless acts.
A Short Story
A man goes to the grocery store to get milk for his wife. He sees a pretty check out girl. (This is not a sin, as long as he doesn’t lust after her.) He gets in line and when he checks out he flirts with her. (This is sin, lust of the won’t run home and tell his wife he flirted with the local store clerk.) She flirts back. He thinks, ‘Boy, I can’t believe she flirted with me.’ (pride of life)
He finds himself going to the store more often and getting into her checkout line. One day he accidentally brushes against her. She brushes back. Soon he is caught in an illicit affair. (Lust of the flesh)
His wife soon discovers his infidelity, and they divorce. Sin has ruined his marriage. What we sow we reap.
Many will laugh at the we see the ravages of sin the newspaper, on television, and in our own circle of friends. The time to defeat sin is when temptation first raises its ugly head.
Back to Original Sin
It is also interesting to note that Adam was with Eve and did not stop her. Remember that God said, “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt die.”
God gave Adam the commandment before Eve was created. Adam was not deceived. He was responsible for the sin. “For in Adam all die…” (I Corinthians 15:22)
Eve was deceived. (II Corinthians 11:3) ” the woman being deceived was in transgression.” (I Timothy 2:14)
The above verses demonstrate the difference between sin and transgression. Transgression comes from deception; sin is a willful act.
It is evident from scripture that death indeed was brought by Adam’s sin. How callous Adam was to watch Eve eat the fruit after God warned him.
As Christians we cannot sit by and watch the world perish, as Adam watched Eve eat the fruit. We must share the love of Jesus and share the hope of eternal life that rests with Christ alone.
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