WE MAKE THE CHOICE

BY DEBORAH GARCIA

Many have heard the phrase, "the devil made me do it!" made famous by comedian Flip Wilson. However, if we look back at the first human encounter with the devil, we will see that though this phrase may have come from the encounter with Adam and Eve, that idea was not exactly going to be the responsible factor in the story.

We see that God gave the command to Adam, the first man, who was created in the image of God, to eat of all the trees of the garden except one. He could enjoy himself with all the fruit that was there as long as he left the tree of the knowledge of good and evil alone. At the time, he was in innocence, much like a new born child, sharing the good times with the Lord in the cool of the evening and being satisfied. As his new mind began its task of being responsible for the Garden, he found no need for the tree that would take away innocence from him. He continued in the command of God.

Then Eve was formed out of the rib of Adam's side, to be his companion and helper. Her job description was clearly defined. Because her position would enjoy a great deal of preinstalled emotions that could make her a weaker vessel, she was to be under the love, security and care of her husband. They were called ADAM by God.
But everyone has an enemy, and this was the first one. The serpent was the most subtle of all of the animals in the garden.

Gen 3.2
And the woman answered him, saying of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat;
3.3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we