by Randy Chambers, 2015-03-22
Genesis 3:2-5, NIV: “...God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden…or you will die.’” “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened...”
In the Garden of Eden, God had planted the life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now God had clearly instructed Adam, “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” But Adam and Eve shut their ears to God’s instruction. As Eve reached out to take of the forbidden she basically declared God to be a liar. She “exchanged the truth of God for a lie;” and listened to a voice that told her what she wanted to hear (see Romans 1:18-32, and 2 Timothy 4:3-4). A similar choice has been passed down through the ages and remains a choice for us today. With regard to the truths of this world, there is a tree filled with all kinds of fruit. But to take from this tree is to accept its truths above the truth of God. There are many views on how to get to Heaven; views on what truth is, what is good; and even on how we all got here in the first place. It seems the serpent still tries to muddy the Word of God. But the Word of God is always true. If we don’t understand His Word we do not need to look to science or human reasoning for help--God will reveal to us what He will and when He will--we simply must trust Him to do so.