Mother Eve Beguiled
The New Testament bears out the story of Genesis, of Mother Eve's
deception, and that Father Adam yielded to disobedience through her
influence. St.Paul declares that Adam was not deceived, and that he
therefore had the greater responsibility. The Scriptures everywhere
portray that it is through Adam's disobedience that the condemnation
passed upon his entire race. He was its responsible head. "By one man
sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all
The Bible account tells of Mother Eve's thirst for knowledge, and of
Satan's taking advantage of this, beguiling her into disobedience. We need
not suppose that the
serpent spoke audibly; rather, as we say, "Actions speak louder
than words." It is probable that the serpent spoke in this manner.
God had authorized our first parents to freely eat of all the fruits of
Paradise except of the species called "The Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil." It was forbidden for a time as a test of their
loyalty. The eating of the fruit of this tree, they were forewarned, would
bring upon them the curse--the Death Sentence. The serpent ate of various
fruits, and seemed especially fond of the forbidden
fruit. Observation proved that the fruit did not kill the serpent, and
the inference drawn by Mother Eve was that God had forbidden the use of
the very best tree in Eden. Her conclusion was that God had a selfish
motive in forbidding the use of that fruit; that He feared His creatures
would become as wise as Himself.
Mother Eve did not broach these suspicions to her husband. She would
eat, acquire the knowledge God was withholding, and then assist Adam to
Adam realized the seriousness of Eve's disobedience. He thought of the
long days before he had her companionship. Now, he would be lonely again.
In desperation Adam determined to join Eve in the Sin and its penalty.
Adam's death was a slow suicide! His dying lasted 930 years.
Temptation to Disobedience