"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."
Woman tried to comprehend all that he had said. The tree seemed to draw her to itself.
Hesitantly, she took hold of one and smelled it. It smells good. It must be delicious like
Serpent has said.
Twisting the fruit off its limb, she examined it. Knowing good and evil! Be as gods!
She glanced back at Serpent, who smiled encouragingly back at her.
She took a deep breath and bit into the fruit. Closing her eyes, she experienced the most
satisfying flavor of anything she had ever eaten. It was wonderful!
"Are you dead?"
Momentarily confused by the question, she just looked at Serpent. Then as
understanding came, she smiled.
"I am very much alive, Serpent. And this is the best fruit I have ever eaten. Surely, God
would not withhold such goodness from us for ever?"
"Surely. Perhaps you should share it with Adam."
"Yes," she agreed. "We must hurry back to Adam and let him savor this fruit!"
Many years later, Adam would recall the tragic day when sin entered his life. "I had
returned from my own explorations and arrived home the same time they arrived. My wife
had some fruit in her hand as she approached me. I recognized it immediately.
"When she offered it to me, I knew it was wrong. I would be in direct disobedience to
God. He had warned us. Yet I chose to enjoy a moment of sinful pleasure. I was without
excuse. She did not trick me or fool me, but simply told me that she had eaten of the fruit
and no harm had come to her. God must somehow be wrong!
"But I knew better. I knew that such disobedience would bring death. That something
drastic would come between God and us. Just the same, I saw that the fruit was beautiful,
that it promised knowledge that I did not possess and, besides all else, I was hungry.
"To my shame and everlasting regret, I felt it but a small thing to disobey God. I guess I
thought He would not really mind. I was wrong!"
He bit into the fruit and a moment later it fell to the ground with but one bite taken.
Even as the fruit's taste was still in Adam's mouth he felt as if a shadow had passed
before his eyes. He looked at Woman and noted, with a jolt, her nakedness. An evil
thought eased its way into his mind, then the eyes and finally manifested itself in a wicked
smile. Before, he had always loved and accepted Woman in innocent desire, but now that
desire was polluted. A new awareness of her nudity flooded his mind bringing with it
unholy images, thoughts, and feelings.
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