“You will certainly not die, the serpent said to the woman. For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5
God had made a beautiful garden somewhere on the earth. Then He had made man and woman, Adam and Eve, and placed them in that garden. Only one negative rule was given and that was to not touch a certain tree.
Satan comes along and tells the woman that if she eats of that tree she will be like God knowing good and evil. He also stated that she would not die. She believed him and ate of it, bringing sin into the world.
The words of Satan were partial truth. They did not physically die immediately, but they did die spiritually immediately, and later died physically. They also learned what good and evil was. They knew that they had done something wrong immediately.
Thousands of years later, Satan is still using that same argument with people. Throughout the Bible God’s Word says that sin will bring about death. Yet, the world says “look at me, I am sinning, and I am not dead.” People do not believe that there is a judgment for sin.
Many also feel that they need to understand what sin is. How can you know it is bad unless you try it? It might not be as bad as you think.
Some believers study sinful habits and teachings to “understand” them better. They want to know good and evil more. Yet, Jesus said that you are to be innocent about evil. Paul said not to even mention what the sinners do in private.
Knowing evil opens the door to temptation. Satan is standing there waiting for you to look at some evil practice to tell you that doing it will make you more like God and you will not die.
As a believer you are to flee all sin. Do not have your eyes opened to sin. Keep your eyes on Jesus and follow Him, and Him alone.
All sin brings about separation from God, who is Life. It brings about death. Do not take a part in it. Follow Jesus.
I pray today that God will help you to flee all sin; that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that God will protect you from all temptation; and that you will see the lies of this world being said.