Who Are You Going To Believe?Genesis 3:3-5 NIV
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The first lie ever recorded was when the serpent told Eve that God did not have good intentions in giving her a rule to follow. God was trying to keep the innocent two humans from harm and the serpent knew that. So he lied to them about God’s reason for giving them a rule to follow. He called God’s character into question then claimed that God had lied to them about what would happen in they disobeyed. Adam and Eve found out the hard way that God was trying to protect them and the serpent was trying to trick them into being destroyed. The poison of that fruit has been a part of human DNA ever since.
Most of the time there seems to be this perception that God is against fun, pleasure, and freedom. If you consider the fact that these things were His inventions to begin with that isn’t even logical. Take food, for example. We don’t need a gazillion and fifty taste buds to tell us whether or not food is safe to eat. Those are so we can thoroughly enjoy a fine meal with all of the subtleties of flavor that a fine chef can produce on one plate. Reproduction could have been a far more efficient system but God made initiating the process so pleasurable we don’t mind practicing. And you don’t get more freedom than someone giving you total free will, even the freedom to make bad choices.
We are continually bombarded from within and without by these ridiculous notions that God is against fun, pleasure, and freedom. The effect of that original forbidden fruit and the lie that preceded it getting into our systems runs very deep. People tend to have a great deal of resistance to God because of these false impressions.
Jesus came to reveal the truth about God and to restore us to Him, if we will accept an open invitation. The truth is that God loves us and wants only the best for us. Everything that is good came from Him to begin with. Being in His presence is pure joy.
Any time God has given people guidelines, laws, or commands it was for their own good. That can be hard to accept if it is keeping us from something we really, really want to do that God said was wrong. But that doesn’t make it any less true. If you take any sinful behavior to it’s logical conclusion it is always harmful. God loves us and wants to keep us from harm.
Who are you going to believe?