“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?’” (Genesis 3:1).
Eve ate the fruit.
Yes, Adam was there with her, and he should have stepped in to keep her from making such a move, but he didn’t. And she ate it. In 1 Timothy 2:14, Paul wrote that she was deceived.
Think about that. How was it that she could have been fooled? She saw God on a regular basis. She was made in His image. She had everything going for her, but Satan worked on her and tricked her into eating the forbidden fruit.
Here are the steps of digression that resulted in calamity upon humanity for millennia.
1. He told a bold lie
The lie was not a small one or subtle. It was a direct contradiction to what God said! “You will NOT surely die” (Genesis 3:4) The stage was set and Satan made his pitch.
Adolf Hitler famously said, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” He was right about that, and his theory stated that it would be believed because no one could imagine someone distorting truth so terribly. Satan’s lie was a big one–a direct contradiction to what God said. “You will NOT die.”
2. He caused her to question God’s motives
“He knows your eyes will be opened and you’ll be just like Him, knowing good and evil”
This statement implied a terrible idea: God does not have your best interests in mind. He doesn’t want you to be great like Him! Because of this, Eve began to question the reason for the commandment. She began to wonder if God were actually jealous and full of contempt for them.
3. He caused her to think she was missing out on something good for her.
He implied that God did not want her to be like Him and because of that, He was restricting access to something that would be beneficial to them. Marketers have come to learn that people are more likely to act to keep from losing something than they are to gain something. Satan simply made it seem like Eve was losing something she deserved and she was hooked.
Once in this position, all Satan had to do was wait for Eve to think through the new data. She became confused, and suddenly God’s word did not hold as much importance to her. How could she trust His word if He was holding her back from what would be good for her?
Confused and struggling, not wanting to miss her chance for “self-improvement”, Satan had her right where he wanted her. She started thinking with worldly logic instead of considering the spiritual. After being confused by the spiritual, all that was left was what she could see with her own eyes.
- It was food.
- It looked tasty.
- It would make her more like God.
What’s to lose? How could it hurt?
Satan is a master at manipulating humans. While it is sad that Eve fell for the lie, Satan is no less effective today. We can see his tactics though, and this Bible passage is a great place to begin learning to overcome them.