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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 01-02-2009
Category: Bible related
Adam and the Apple

It is quite common for people to think that the forbidden fruit that Adam and Eve ate, was an apple. There is no indication in the Bible what kind of fruit it was. What we do know is that they were allowed to eat all the fruit in the garden of Eden. We can imagine that it must have been quite a feast. Why did God forbid them to eat from that one tree? It was a test of obedience. God, as Creator, had a plan for man. That plan involved an eternal kingdom on planet earth. God would be the King, and people His subjects.

But God was not going to allow rebels and criminals there, because then the peace and order would be disturbed. So God’s brilliant plan was to allow each person to quality or disqualify himself for that kingdom. God made man with a free will, so that every man could choose to obey or reject God. That choice would determine if he/she would become part of the eternal Utopia. It is obvious that obedience to the King’s Word would be paramount to maintain peace and order. Thus the Word of God would be central to His kingdom. He has given His written Word, the Bible, to reveal His kingdom plans, because man doesn’t have knowledge of the future and the invisible world. The Bible was written in such a way that it is universal and timeless. A person living in 500 AD could understand it as well as one living in 2000AD.

God demonstrated to us through the example of Adam the importance of obedience to His book. When Adam and Eve disobeyed they lost relationship with God and each other, as well as their perfect habitat and purposeful work. Adam failed the test. He had to fail, otherwise the eternal kingdom would have commenced. But God’s brilliant plan was that each person born on this planet would be tested before allowed into the eternal kingdom. If untested people entered, they might reject God’s lordship while in heaven. So each person who would live on earth had to be given the opportunity to exercise his free will, even if it meant rejecting God as King.

If Adam lived in the garden, with no other choice than to do what God told him, how could he be held accountable for his life? Without freedom their can be no accountability. If however he had freedom to make his own decisions, then it would be a different story. It is like telling a person it is dangerous to cross a certain gorge at night. He decides to do it anyway and breaks his leg. Who is responsible? He was warned, yet acted on his own free will. The same thing happened to Adam. He was given the instruction and warning: do not eat, or you will die. He ate. Only he was to blame, though he tried to blame God and Eve.

We must hasten to answer the objection that ‘all the evil in the world is God’s doing, because He allowed Adam to disobey Him and eat the fruit from the forbidden tree.’ Adam decided for himself to disobey the word of God. The same situation has been repeating itself through the ages: man decides to do what is wrong, regardless of God’s warnings. Then he/she blames God for the consequences. It is true that God allowed the devil to rebel and satan is the one that entices man to disobey God. But God came to earth as Jesus Christ to give anyone a Way back to Him.

The lesson of Adam and the apple is as follows: God tests people to gather citizens for His eternal kingdom. The test is, ‘will you obey God’s words (today they are written in the Bible)? All of us face this test almost daily and it is only with the help of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ power working in us that we can overcome this evil temptation to disobey God (God = His Word). Humanity today is divided into two groups: those who love and obey God, and those who refuse to obey. This is the major lesson of Adam and the Apple (not the computer!).

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27