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Interesting Discussion Last Night

We had an interesting discussion of Genesis 2-3 last night during our Bible study. Some believe (the Seventh Day Adventists for one, I think) that man was not originally immortal and depended on the "Tree of Life" to remain alive. There is strong biblical support for that idea and Moody's Bible Commentary seems to agree. Of course, once Adam and Eve ate from the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil," they could no longer remain in the garden and have access to the Tree of Life . Their newfound knowledge of good and evil was a threat  and God could not allow them to remain there and possibly eat of the Tree of Life (Gen. 3:22-24). The stage was set for for the need for a Savior (Gen. 3:15).

In thinking about the things said that led up to the fall of mankind, it is important to stop and think about Satan -- how he operated then and how he continues to operate in the very same manner today. He lies. He is a master of lying (John 8:44). He hates people and will do whatever he can to see our ruin. This is evident in his treatment of people throughout scripture. He does his best to deceive. He calls God a liar and appeals to the darker side of people. He told Eve that God lied to them and they would not die if they ate from the tree. He also told her that they would become like God, knowing both good and evil -- he knew such things would be appealing to her (Gen. 3:4-5).

Once they both ate of the fruit, they realized they were naked and covered themselves up. You see, sin entered the world and brought fear and shame with it. Religion was born, as people saw a need to 'cover' themselves before God in some vain attempt to hide the truth about themselves and their actions. God never wanted that; He always desired a relationship with us. It is now possible, but only through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). Thank God He has provided a way for us!

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