The Forbidden Fruit

“This apple is so delicious,” Avril exclaimed. “It’s sweet and tart at the same time. Now, I know why Eve couldn’t resist eating one.”

“Why do you assume that it was an apple she ate?” Donny asked. “Why couldn’t it have been a plum or a mango or some other fruit?”

“I don’t know. In all the images and movies I have seen of Adam and Eve, it was always an apple so, I assumed…”

“When it comes to the Word of God, don’t assume anything. It doesn’t say what type of fruit it was. All it said was that they were not to eat it. They had other trees in the garden which also had fruit which they were allowed to eat.”

“But, it’s possible that it could have been an apple, isn’t it?”

“I suppose it’s possible but the text simply says, the ‘fruit of the tree.'”

“Well, what ever the fruit was, it looked good and that’s why Eve ate it.”

“The text says, ‘when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasing to the eyes and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave to her husband with her, and he ate’. It really doesn’t matter what kind of fruit it was, the fact is that they were not supposed to eat it. And when they did, their eyes were opened and that’s when they realized that they were naked.”

“Do you think you would have tempted to eat the fruit like Eve was?”

“No, I don’t think so. If eating it would result in something bad happening to me, then, I would definitely pass.”

“But, what if Eve didn’t believe that anything bad would happen? Do you think that if she really did, she would have eaten the fruit?”

“Like Adam, she knew that while they had permission to eat from the other trees, they were forbidden to eat from that particular tree yet, she chose to disobey God and eat its fruit. And, Adam, chose to listen to her and ate as well. There are consequences when we choose to believe the devil’s lies over God’s Truth.”

“Well, it’s not for me to judge Adam and Eve. I don’t know if I wouldn’t have done the same thing. It’s possible that I would have done what she did. She wanted to be like wise like God. What’s wrong with that?”

“Nothing, I guess, but wisdom doesn’t come from being disobedient. If she wanted wisdom, she could have asked God for it. Wisdom comes from Him not His creation. It would have been wiser to obey God than to follow her own desires.”

“I guess you’re right. Death and sin wouldn’t have come into the world if they hadn’t disobeyed God.”

“Don’t be so fixated on the type of fruit it might have been. That isn’t important. The lesson we should learn from this is that when faced with temptation, we can either resist it or give into it. We can either obey God or our desires. Adam and Eve chose not to obey God which led to consequences they hadn’t imagined such as sacrificing innocent animals, leaves falling from the trees and their son Cain killing his brother, Abel and all the other sad results of their actions which happened in their life-time and long after. Nothing–no relationship, possession, lifestyle, job is worth jeopardizing our relationship with God and our salvation.”

“I was once involved with an older man whom I was crazy about. He was very attractive and charming. We had a wonderful relationship but he wasn’t religious. I found out that he grew up in a Christian home but became an Atheist while attending university. He resented that I was religious and gave me an ultimatum. It was either him or my God. I couldn’t have both. I chose God, of course and walked away. I haven’t looked back since.”

“You made the right decision. If Eve had walked away, things would have turned out very differently. When faced with temptation it is always best to walk away from it.”

“I wasn’t tempted to stay in the relationship. It was easy for me to walk away even though I loved him. I loved God more.”

“And in listening to his wife, Adam showed that he loved her more than he loved God. And Eve loved the idea of becoming wise.”

“Yes. I’m still curious, though, to know what the forbidden fruit was, if it wasn’t an apple.”

He sighed.

Source: Bible Gateway;

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