Posted by: Nito | November 29, 2015

The Problem of Evil – Part 2 – Adam, What Were You Thinking?

Did you ever thought how was the devil so smart to know that by tempting Eve and Adam to sin he would immediately take over their power and authority on the earth?

Like, how did he know that? He must have heard that God told them: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28, KJV version). He knew they had a complete dominion over “ALL the earth” (see Genesis 1:26, emphasis mine), but how did he know that this dominion would fall into his hands if they would sin against God’s commands? Why wouldn’t it go to somebody or somewhere else, or just return to God who is the source of all authority and power?

God told Adam that he would surely die if he would eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:17 says, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (KJV version). To me the phrase “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” means “dude, if you eat it you gonna die!!!, disappear and be gone forever, like, breathe no more!!!”. Such a phrase does lead us to think that Adam and Eve should have physically died right then and there. However, because they didn’t, we now understand that they’ve died spiritually and became separate from God.

But could Adam and Eve have known that? Could they have assumed that what God meant with “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die,”  is that they would “only” immediately separate (i.e. die) from His spirit, but would continue to live physically in a fallen state? Why did they trust Satan (i.e. the serpent) when he exclaimed they will not die? He accused God of lying and implied that Father doesn’t really want what’s best for Adam and Eve: “And the serpent said unto the woman, 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” (Genesis 3:4-5, KJV version).

Satan effectively said, “God lied to you, you won’t physically die. On the contrary, the day you would eat the fruit, you would become like Him!” So, here comes an interesting question. How come Satan knew that Adam and Eve would not physically die, and what God said (i.e. “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die“) would not come to pass? Why did he assume that, after they’ve sinned, God would not kill them, they would not die, and he (Satan) would get all their power and authority? How come he didn’t assume that God would, for example, remove the first couple and create the second one?

The reason is simple. God is love (1 John 4:8) and Bible tells us that “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT version). Father is patient and kind and doesn’t want to kill His own children, “He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9, NLT version). God is a good God and the Old Testament harshness and carnage must be viewed from the right perspective.

When people think of the garden of Eden, they usually think how everything was incorruptible and there was no death. We know that Adam and Eve were created immortal beings, as otherwise God’s caution about them dying doesn’t make any sense. So, from the fact that Adam and Eve were supposed to live forever, and we were supposed to see them and hang out with them today, people assume that everything else: the cattle, the fish, the birds and plants were also created immortal—in other words, people assume there was no death on the earth.

But Hebrews 2:14 tells us, among other things, that devil has the power of death. It says, “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death” (NLT version). So, here is an interesting dilemma; did devil have the power of death before he tempted Eve, or did he receive that power from Adam and Eve? If Adam and Eve had the power of death why would God tell Adam “thou shalt surely die“? Because, if Adam had the power of death, he could have chosen not to die; like, be rebellious to the max! Therefore, Watson, the only right conclusion is that devil had the power of death right from the start. Death was intended for the mortal creations (i.e. plants, fish, birds and land animals) and Satan was the one administering it (outside of the garden of Eden).

That’s why he knew Adam and Eve won’t die, because he wouldn’t let them, at least not immediately. He figured out that if God told Adam “thou shalt surely die“, mankind would become mortals like everything else and would fall under his power of death. And whoever is stronger, and rules over others, he takes into possession everything they have. So, Adam and Eve’s authority to rule and reign over the earth went straight to Satan (when they became mortals). What a deal that was for Satan! He had the power of death and now with this authority over ALL the earth (from Adam and Eve) he became god of this world (see 2 Corinthians 4:4). But, let us remember, it’s not the Father who made him god—it’s His rebellious children who did that!

Satan had a hidden desire to be like the Father, for others to worship him (see Isaiah 14:12-14). When he told Eve, “in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5, KJV version), he was projecting his own desire, because in his heart he was thinking “I will be like the Most High” (see Isaiah 14:14). So, here he was, he had an unique opportunity to realize his dream and become god! If he could somehow get Adam and Eve’s to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would become mortals and would consequently come under his power of death. Then all they had will be his and he will become god of the earth. In no time, people will have to worship him and he will be like the Most High!

Eve (and Adam, but seems like Eve was doing most of the thinking!), on the other hand knew that Satan had the power of death, so she probably thought: “If Satan says we won’t die, then it must be true, as he would know—he is administering death to all the animals. If Satan is telling the truth then God must be lying. God is actually keeping us from reaching our full potential. Maybe our Father has good reasons for it, but I’m ready for more! Yum, this is tasty. See, husband, I’m still alive, take a bite and eat it too. We will surely be as gods!”

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Adam refused to eat the fruit? As the leader of that first family he needed to choose who does he trust more; God who created him and with whom he have conversed in the cool of a day, or his helpmate—the woman who was given to him by the same God. If he had chosen God, Satan would have not become god of the earth, and Adam would still have that title. God certainly expected Adam to refuse his wife’s suggestion to sin.  He told Adam, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it” (Genesis 3:17, NLT version).

Since you have listened,” God said. If Adam had not listened to his wife, if he took a leadership position and refused to eat the fruit, nothing would have happened to him. He would still rule and reign on this earth and maybe Eve would have been pardoned, as she didn’t really hear the commandment about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil directly from God, but from her husband. And there was a little bit of a “Chinese whispers” in regards to that commandment. God told Adam”thou shalt not eat of it” (see Genesis 2:16), but when Eve talked with Satan she said that God said, “Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it” (Genesis 3:3, KJV version). Obviously, somebody added to God’s words—He didn’t say anything about touching the fruit, only about eating it. Was this done by Adam to protect his wife? Maybe, as it seems that she genuinely believed in the commandment as she expressed it.

But, this was Satan’s chance to point to that obvious error, and he used it as a springboard to slander God and accuse Him of being a bad Father. Eve fell for it, and Adam didn’t make his stand. What was God supposed to do? Was he supposed to say, “Whoa! Wait a minute, I didn’t want Adam to blew this one up. Let’s forget about all of this and start all over again?” Not quite. Because His Word stands eternal, God could not annul what He have told Adam. Adam would still had to become a mortal and as such automatically fall under the power of death Satan had. With the same automatism Adam’s power and authority went to Satan, who was watching with glee how Eternal Father must punish His own immortal children because He must stay true to His own word.

Dear friend, can you see how truthful and faithful our Father is to His word? The Bible is full of the promises He gave to us. Do you think these promises are empty and without value now that you know your Father’s integrity? If He didn’t care about His word, He could have destroyed the whole universe and started from scratch—who would know? But, God chose instead to destroy the devil by the very people he (devil) has desired to worship him. Nevertheless, that’s a story for the part 3

What I would like to leave you with here is a conviction that Satan is always the bad guy and our Father is always the good guy. Just as Jesus said, Satan was “a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44, NLT version). Having the power of death Satan was a murderer from the beginning. Also, having death he doesn’t stand in truth, because the truth is that our Father gives us love (see 1 John 4:7-10) and life (see 1 John 5:11-12). Therefore, devil is a liar and a father of all lies.

Friend, give devil a boot and turn to your Father who loves you and is offering you a gift of the eternal life. If you want to receive it just simply say the following words and mean them:

Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Come into my heart, I make you my Lord and Savior.

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Responses

  1. […] The real problem of evil is expressed in the following sentence: “How does God effectively remove the objective evil (i.e. devil and his demonic powers) without simultaneously wiping out His own evil children?” But, let’s talk about that in part 2. […]

  2. […] part 2 we saw how Satan became god of this world by tricking Eve and Adam to sin. They became mortals and […]

  3. […] made man to rule over the earth, so when Adam and Eve fell, they’ve submitted to the devil and passed on the rulership over the earth to him. That’s why Bible says devil is “the god of this age” (2 Corinthians 4:4), but Jesus overcame […]


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