Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not 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.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. Genesis 3:1-7 NRSV
This is the first human sin. Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden and she and Adam ate the fruit. Everyone knows this, right? Does everyone know that this sin is still being committed today?
Satan and the world are individualistic. They tell us to commit that sin because it will make us happy and that’s what God wants. He won’t send anyone to Hell. You’re still a good person. Everyone is different, so live your life the way you want to. The Bible is too radical to follow everything it says. That’s an unrealistic expectation. But it will feel good. It’s fun.
Those things are lies and they are exactly what Satan wants us to believe.
Satan convinced Eve that it’s ok to sin if it makes her happy. If we are happy, God is happy. Right? No, Isaiah 59:2 says that, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Our selfishness separates from God. Sin actually means “separation from God.” I really think this is the number one lie told to us by the enemy, because we continue to believe it.
The Bible is the authoritative word of God with radical commands and controversial truths in today’s world. It doesn’t say that we should each do what feels right for us. No, it says in Colossians 2:8, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” When I hear this verse I think of what Satan did to Eve. He took her captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy by telling her that the fruit will not harm her when it didn’t only harm her, but her husband and all of mankind forever. The world wants us to think that we can sin when it feels right for us…and we can. But, we will pay the consequences of those actions.
My friend, Katie, said something really wise the other night: God doesn’t harm you. You harm yourself when you don’t love Him.
Sinning doesn’t mean we don’t love God, it just means that we have fallen for the lie Satan is telling us. After all, sin never looks ugly. It looks like everything we’ve ever wanted or desired. It looks like cookies in a cookie jar before dinner. Or in Eve’s case, forbidden fruit that will bring knowledge of good and evil.
Maybe it’s time to let go of a habitual sin or re-evaluate the way you live your life for you. Getting God out of the co-pilot’s seat is the way I have made transitions in my own life. When He asks us to give Him our sins, it is not to harm us, but to open our eyes to the amazing gifts He has in store for us.
“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:1-5