Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Thoughts on the Fall of Man

The serpent said to the woman, "Did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden." Eve's reply was "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die"

Genesis 3 records the fall of man. We all know the story, right? The serpent tempts Eve to eat of the fruit from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and she gives some to Adam and down they go. A couple of things stood out to me. One was Eve's reply to the serpent.

I searched and searched through Genesis and couldn't find anywhere where God told Adam and Eve they couldn't touch the fruit. Why did she say that? Then it occured to me that many people often twist the word of God around to mean what they want it to mean. Cults do it all the time, and even some well-meaning Christians, and some not so well-meaning Christians. We need to be extrememly careful when dealing with God's word. Twisting it, adding to it, interpreting it out of context can all lead down a very dangerous road. In my opinion, when you do this, it is the beggining of your own fall.

Hear the words in Rev 22: 18-19
"I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book."

I think God is serious about His Word, don't you?

Tune in tomorrow for the a before and after look of the Fall.

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