2 • Mankind’s Fall into Sin
Have you ever wondered where death, sickness and suffering come from? When God finished making the heavens and the earth and everything in it, He saw that ‘it was very good’ (Genesis 1:31). When God created the world there was no death, sickness or sin (bad thoughts, deeds and words) in it. God made the first two people on earth. He created them man and female (Genesis 1:27). They were called Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:20). Eve was also called the mother of all living human beings (Genesis 3:20). When God made the human race, He made them in His own image (Genesis 1:27). God made man from the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7). Adam and Eve had open communication with God; they were innocent and united with God. God gave them the authority to rule over the land and the sea as well as all the animals and sea creatures He had made (Genesis 1:28).
God is holy, pure and just, and there is no darkness, wrong or malicious motivation in Him (1 John 1:5). God is good (Psalm 145:9). He created the world not out of His need (Acts 17:25), but for His own purposes and glory (Psalm 19:1; Romans 11:36). In the beginning God made human beings with a free will and put them in the Garden in Eden (Genesis 2:8). God’s people believe that this garden was in the vicinity of present-day Iraq. Because God is a God of love (1 John 4:8), He gave Adam and Eve the choice of loving and obeying Him or not loving and disobeying Him. Adam and Eve were neither automatons nor robots. God gave Adam and Eve a free will in order to test their love for Him (Genesis 2:16, 17).
God made a tree in the middle of the Garden in Eden. He named the tree the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:9) and told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of it. God warned Adam that if they ate of it, they would surely die (Genesis 2:17). Tragically Adam and Eve ate the fruit from this tree, a deed instigated by the devil (the fallen angel, Lucifer). The devil and the fallen angels had rebelled against God before this event and God had chased them out of His heaven because of their pride and sin (Revelation 12:7-9; Ezekiel 28:13-17). The Bible does not tell us exactly when this event happened. All we know is that it happened after creation and before the fall of mankind. The devil deceived Eve and told her she would be like God, knowing good and evil, if she ate the fruit of the tree (Genesis 3:4, 5). Eve ate the forbidden fruit and so did Adam. They believed the devil rather than God; they disobeyed God, they sinned. Because of this, God cursed the devil, the earth, and Adam and Eve. They became aware that they were guilty, sinful and naked before God. They realised that they now had to die because of their sin.
God pronounced that from then on mankind would both physically die and be spiritually separated from Him (spiritual death). All of creation was affected by their sin, even the land animals, the sea creatures and birds (Genesis 3:17-19). That is the reason why things decay and die and why there is sickness and suffering in the world. Since that tragic day, every human is born sinful (Psalm 51:5). In Adam, we have all died (1 Corinthians 15:22). That means, because the first man, Adam, was the father of the human race and the representative of mankind, the whole human race became subjected to death, sickness, sin and suffering (Romans 5:12, 16; Romans 8:20, 21). You and I would probably have chosen to eat of that tree as well if we had been the first people on earth.
Reality to consider: All humans are strangers to God because of their sinful nature. None has the close union and fellowship Adam and Eve had with God in the beginning – all are separated from God’s wonderful nature. We are born sinful, dead spiritually, and our ongoing sin, in essence, cuts us off from life with God.
Read: Genesis 1:27-31; Genesis 2:7,8; Genesis 3:20; 1 John 1:5; Psalm 145:9; Acts 17:25; Psalm 19:1; Romans 11:36; 1 John 4:18; Genesis 2:16,17; Genesis 2:9; Genesis 2:17; Revelation 12:7-9; Ezekiel 28:13-17; Genesis 3:4,5; Genesis 3:17-19; Psalm 51:5; 1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 5:12-16; Romans 8:20,21.