Genesis 3: Temptation Is Ultimately Based on an Impossible Promise
This is again a very popular story, but you all know that the serpent came to Eve to tempt her. More specifically, in Genesis 3:5, we find out how he tried to appeal to her.
Gen 3:5 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.
Obviously, he wanted her to think that they would be on the level of God just because they would know about good and evil. I think that part of the equation is missing.
Even though Adam and Eve had not sinned until they ate of the fruit, they never possessed all of the characteristics of God. They were still humans, and even though humans were created in God’s image, we do not possess all of His characteristics. For example, humans were never omnipresent.
In one sense, when they did eat fruit, they did acquire a characteristic that God does possess. Before this, they did not understand the problem with or consequences of sin. God always did, and so I guess that in some sense, they did “gain” that knowledge.
However, even that one piece of knowledge that could possibly be shared between God and humanity is somewhat suspect.
Humans view sin through our own fallen perspective. We do not have entire group of characteristics and attributes of God as when he views our sins. Here’s a pretty good list of a bunch of those characteristics from Theopedia. Without the same characteristics, we do not understand things the way that God does. He sees a much bigger picture than we do
How could you logically anticipate that even with the knowledge that evil does exist we would all of a sudden become like God and act the same way?
This is just an illustration of how powerful deception can be. Even though in reality it was impossible for Eve to become God, she was regrettably swayed by a difficult argument.
This is particularly a warning to me. There are many ways that we can be tempted, and many of them definitely sound attractive. However, in the long run, these lies are often built on the premise that is impossible. Really, when you think about the base of it all, the basic message behind temptation is that you will be better off by doing something wrong, and we all know that sin is ultimately destructive.
Just like Eve didn’t and realistically couldn’t become God when she ate that fruit, our temptations will ultimately lead to dead ends as well. We need to be vigilant.