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Fall Of Man

Adam did not remain in the sinless state in which God had created him, nor did he uphold the Covenant of Works which God had made with him. Sadly, Adam chose to disobey, to sin against God. He did this by freely choosing to eat from the forbidden tree, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Satan, using a serpent as a means, approached Eve in the following manner:

1. Satan placed God's command in a negative light. He asked Eve, "Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" (Genesis 3:lb). God had actually stated that Adam and Eve could eat from all the trees, from the thousands of trees in the Garden of Eden, except one. Eve corrected Satan and told him, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die" (Genesis 3:2-3).

 

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

- Genesis 3:l-5

 

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