The original sin, watered down into two words the tree. Most of us know that the original sin was that Eve, who was deceived by a serpent ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. We can read this in Genesis 3:1-7:
1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
This was the first sin, the fall of man, the point at which we became unworthy to live with God side by side as they did in the garden. See before this point mankind had no understanding, literally no knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve relied on God for that knowledge, and because of that had a deep intimate relationship with Him. Then along came a serpent who deceived Eve into thinking that she too could be like God. She saw that the tree was “desirable to make one wise”. “If I eat of this tree, I will be like God, the serpent told me, I will be wise and I wont have to rely on God anymore.”
The tree thats where this all started, and thats where it all ended when mankind nailed Christ too it. Our sin has always been the same, you can break it down all you want to: lust, jealousy, or pride it all branches from the same thing. Our arrogance, to think that we don’t need God. That with just a little knowledge, a little wisdom, we can do it on our own. Read More »