It was just a simple question.
The most crafty of all the creatures God made, the serpent, plants the evil seed in our thoughts and our flesh does the rest. He simply asked Eve when he saw her desiring forbidden fruit:
"“Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?
Wow. That's all He had to do. Make her question God's words. Once she did that, her desires took authority, her actions placed her on her own throne and pain, regret and death resulted. The taste, texture and rush of the fruit were quickly forgotten.
All the enemy has to do to us is question God's Word. Our own desires will then take over and history repeats itself, over and over again. Is it no wonder that our society, and dare I say the church has done the same. God's Word is so questioned, twisted and disregarded that we have dethroned God...and Adam stands by silently watching.
Then the serpent says:
“You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
He lies to us. He tempts us to think that God has bad intentions toward us and that WE can be God. Master our own destiny, have control and live a fake freedom. I don't know about you, but I believe I would prefer a world under Jesus' rule than the one we have experienced for the past 7,000 years or so.
Are you questioning God's word? Explaining away the clear reading of His words? Eve did. It didn't end well. Are the varied words of mere men and your own thoughts more secure than God's? Every belief needs faith, the question is, who are you trusting in most?
"So surrender the hunger to say you must know
Have the courage to say I believe
For the power of paradox opens your eyes
And blinds those who say they can see" -Michael Card
Thank you to Paula for helping me understand this truth. I treasure the humble, honest and faithful teachers (and doers) of the scriptures.