"Did God really say?" Four little words that gets us into trouble even today.
The purpose of deception is to undermine authority and the deceiver does a great job in asking a question. He didn't give a sermon on the virtues of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil nor did he spend alot of time persuading her to eat of the fruit. He just asked a question and let her internal enticing take over pretty much like we are told about in James 1:13-15.
Eve was a smart gal, she assessed the fruit. She seen it looked good, was nourishing and gave her the wisdom she felt she didn't have. We would probably have done the same. The only thing wrong with it was that it was "off limits" by God.
Eve had the "light of the world"available to her, the wisdom from God that existed before Dirt. Psalm 8 verse 26. But she substituted it for the knowledge of good and evil. Sometimes we don't have to dabble in the bad/evil to better understand the godly/good.
James 3:13-15 gives us further insight into the difference between godly and worldly wisdom. Its a good checklist of attitudes to help us distinguish between godly wisdom and worldly wisdom.
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