|Q: Why did Adam and Eve disobey God?
|A: Dear Dan,
|Thanks for such a thoughtful question. Although we can’t explain every thought that Adam and Eve may have had, their disobedience was ultimately a trust issue. They didn’t fully trust God. This is the very same reason why we disobey God.
When Adam and Eve were created, they had full and complete trust in God. At the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the first work of the serpent was to cause Eve to doubt God’s goodness. When Eve said they couldn’t eat the fruit of the tree because they would die, the serpent argued “You won’t die! God only told you that to scare you. The truth is that when you do what God told you not to, you will become like God. You will enter into a higher state of existence. You will find true purpose and happiness” (see Genesis 3:4-5).
The Bible says it was “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit ?and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, ?and he ate” (Genesis 3:6). Notice that it was not until Eve “saw” things the way the devil saw them that she sinned.
Think of it this way. God said the tree was bad. The devil said the tree was good. Eve believed what the devil said instead of what God said. She stopped trusting in God, and started trusting in the devil. Another word for “trust” is “faith”. When we stop trusting what God tells us, when we lose faith in Him, then we stop obeying Him. This is why the Bible tells us that “Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Romans 3:23).
This is the very same argument the devil uses on us today. He tells us we will be happy when we disobey. We will have FUN when we disobey. And for a while we might. At first Eve thought the fruit was so great she took some to Adam. But we know what happened in the end. Sometimes we think we know better than our parents, our teachers, or God. We think we can disobey and it won’t matter. We will have more fun. But in the end, we will only have sorrow and pain.
Faith in God means trusting Him no matter what; trusting what He says in the Bible, even though we might not fully understand it. As long as our trust is in Him, we will obey Him. But as soon as our trust in Him is broken, we will have no reason to obey Him. We will obey the one we trust instead. Eve put her trust in the serpent, and disobeyed God, and as a result brought sin and all its sorrows upon the world. Dan, I pray that you will choose to put your trust in God!
Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!
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