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The following thought is somewhat conjecture on my part, but the conjecture seems more than plausible considering the age old question of "Why ?".  Our first human parents, Adam and his wife Ishshah, with their inquisitive and fully developed minds, undoubtedly had a prior curiosity and exploratory discussions about the forbidden tree.  We find them in the garden in close proximity to that Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Now enters Satan, the malignant spirit of evil and deceit, who has disguised himself as a common serpent.  This serpent is intertwined in the Tree of Knowledge that seemingly gives it the ability to talk, and communicate with wisdom.  This uncommon serpent, with his innuendos, begins to plant his malignant seed of rebellion, into the free thinking minds of Adam and his wife Ishshah, and thus begins the human saga with its calamities and curses for all of mankind. 

In spite of Godís instructions and warnings about the dangers of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Ishshah/Woman (to be renamed Eve after the rebellion), when hearing the serpent speaking from the Tree of Knowledge, was deceived within the lust of her own reasoning mind; You shall not die, You shall be like God, knowing the good and the evil:  And then she sampled of the fruit of the tree of confusion.  The Woman of Adam was the first human person to transgress God's command:  But witness that Adam, the head of the house, entered the clutches of sinís control, freely by his own will.  Adam, knowingly acting against the divine will of God, partook of the forbidden fruit.  Please notice that Adam was standing with His Woman/Ishshah, and was listening to the devil's enchantments with his own ears and with the eyes of his heart opened to receive deceit. 

The Woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.  So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he also ate it. (See Genesis 3 verse 6 . N.A.B.)

And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they hid themselves in fear from the Presence of Elohim.  A tremendous change has taken place in the nature of the Man and the Woman of Adam, for death has begun its fearful process, and God's Spirit of Life has departed from them.  When God confronts Adam, Adam, the spiritual head of the house, didnít take responsibility for the actions, and did not cover his wife after her own deadly deception. Adam further compounds his offense by first placing the blame on his Woman, and then upon God, for having given him the gift of his wife Ishshah/Woman.  With simple deduction, the now changed Adam, within his own confused self-righteous justification, was not repentant for his own gross act of treason, and certainly was not apologetic for his willful insurrection against the Father, and the Sustainer of the life of His creation. 

In the beginning of sin, desire and lust was conceived within the neuronal mind of Adam, inevitably infecting and affecting the whole of the essence of His being containing his soul and spirit of mind.  Adam's rebellion would eventuate into catastrophic consequences to Adam's body and his genetic offspring.  Adam and the WoMan/Eve wanted, what they were told they could not have and did not need.  The only true goodness was already present in the freedom they had in the expanse of Elohim's Love for them and in His Life Provisions present in the Tree of Life.   Contrast the gift of Life in God, with the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil that contained only the evil seed of self deception, that gave birth to death, and confined their corrupted remains to the dust of the earth.  Without the Spirit of Life, Adam and Eve were left naked in their own confused judgment of good and the evil.  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts He any man:  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.   Then when lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death. (James 1 verse 13 thru 15.) Adamís intellectual pride agreed with Satan, and now the autonomous will of sin, caused him to judge God, as being unjust, and a liar for keeping the secret of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil from him.

Adamís first  willful act of self serving sin, was the ultimate seditious offense against God, and in Man's naked shame and guilty conscience, the offence quickly proliferated into a second.  Adam trying to cover his naked tail, by whatever means possible, started with fig leaves.  Then, after God searches him out, Adam finds a scapegoat, and places the blame on someone other than upon himself.  Responsibility for any wrong doing, is lacking because of the lie of self justification, with the offender being preserved with the right to choose what is good or evil for self.

Remember; Adam by his own reasoning, made the final judgment or decision, that initiated the corruption of sin's desire with its on going force of action against his own spiritual heart and soul that eventuated in death to his body.  Ultimately, sinís conception, beginning with its appeal to self desire, proliferates in the mind of Adam, compelling him to not only reject God, but to blame God as the principle cause of his failure.  With the birth of sin in Adam's spiritual mind, faith with the love of God now disappears within his soul, and Sin begins to reason in his mind: Didnít God make himself an accomplice to the crime, by giving him (Adam) the WoMan/Eve?  Or, why did God place the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden in the first place?  Indeed, can God be trusted at all?  After all I know what is best for my self!   Without God's intervention, Man (that is mankind) will follow his own pernicious ways, justifying his wrongful actions with his own accusing judgments, which will lead to his own destruction and death. 

Then He (Elohim) asked, "Who told you that you were naked?  You have then eaten from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!  The man replied; "The WoMan whom You put here with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate of it".   The Lord God then asked the WoMan; "Why did you do such a thing?  The WoMan answered; "The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it." (Genesis 3 verse 11 thru 13 .(N.A.B.).

Stealthy Sin hates to be discovered, and hides in the lowest, darkest and weakest place of prideful, self-preservation, and acts repulsively in the light of the Word of God.  Because it is more convenient and more comfortable in self-mindedness, sinful man would rather choose the lie than to face the truth about themselves.  As noted before, the humility to admit guilt with true God-ward sorrow, not for the temporal loss, but toward the person offended, is an attribute that is absolutely missing in sinís dark covering of itself.  A malignancy, as in cancer, has a hardened cellular covering that opposes the natural immune responses in the body, and so it is with the spiritual malignancy of sin, as it hardens the heart and cowers in the darkest recessive pathways of the mind, trying to avoid the light of discovery and cure.  And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that does evil hates the Light, neither comes to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that does Truth comes to the Light that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3 verse 19 thru 21.(NKJV.)

When the mind of Adam and Eve, together, rejected the living God, both of them were changed within the their individual bodies and souls, and their mind's would make decisions based on what was best for the individual.  The Spirit of God's sustaining Life and immanent Presence, left them to their own corrupted natures to fend for themselves, and death was set in motion in that day.  Now, within the depth of themselves, Adam and Eve felt their once godly natures corrupted into a mutated earthly nature.  With their very own choice, Adam and WoMan/Eve voided the grace and favor of the Creator God of Love.  Even so, God in His mercy sacrificed an innocent lamb, and clothed Adam and Eve in the animal's skins, to help cover the nakedness of our first parent's shame and guilt.  And, unto Adam and also to his wife, did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. (Genesis 3 verse 21.)

The God of Covenant, by His own hand, shed the blood of an innocent lamb, to cloth the nakedness of Adam and Eve.  God has set in motion His promised Covenant of mercy for man, and man's eventual remedy for his conflict with evil and death: For the Lord God in addressing the source of all evil, Satan, had made a Covenant with His Word and said: "I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed (of evil) and her seed (that will be of righteousness).  It [He] shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise His heel".  (Genesis 3 verse 15.) Theologians will put forth a series of named specific Covenants attributed by God, but all of these supposed individual Covenants, would spring forth from God's first Covenant Promise given in the Garden, where, in God's time, the Seed of the WoMan would defeat Satan.  All of the supposed individual covenants are an extension of God's Everlasting Word of Covenant Promise that the genetic Seed of the WoMan would be victorious over the head of evil.  My Covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of My Lips. (Psalm 89 verse 34.) God's Everlasting Covenant with Man/Adam and WoMan/Eve, will be accomplished by the Last Adam, Jesus Christ, for He was born of the Seed of the WoMan that was conceived by the Word and Spirit of Life of the Eternal God.  God would provide His Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world, and those who would come to His Salvation offering, God would cloth their nakedness in the Righteousness of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ. (See Revelation 13 verse 8.)

If any person is faithful to God and God's Covenant with mankind, then in the very end that person will know and see the Love of God, Jesus Christ, for He is the promised Seed of the WoMan and the victorious Son of the first Adam/Man.  As the Incarnate Son of Man in the flesh, Jesus the Christ of God would overcome the evil one, and the source of sin and death, with His Perfect Love and total obedience to His Eternal Father.   Adam, the first Man and a created son of God, in his ignorance, became guilty of all of the violence and blood shed upon the earth, but in God's justice, the Last Adam of the race of Man, Jesus Christ, will atone for all the sins of death that were attributed to the first Adam. Whoso sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He Man/Adam(Genesis 9 verse 6.) The first Adam's choice initiated unbelief and treason against God, and brought death and destruction to his offspring: But the incarnate Last Adam's choice was belief in His Father God that led to the sacrificial Love He had for His Father and His fellow man.  Jesus Christ's Perfect Love and obedience to His Father God, quenched the wrath of sin with its condemnation of death, to liberate all those have faith in Christ Jesus, and whose souls are born of the Seed of the Word of God.

However, until the end of this present age, the violence of sin has also been set in motion.  With Adam's rejection of God's Love, now Lucifer the author of sin and death entrenched itself into the world, and death reigns with corruption in the first Adam, and all that Adam was originally put in charge of upon the earth.  From that moment on, and into the present, mankind, including all life forms, corrupt and decay into the rudimentary elements of matter.  The earthly Adam and Eve and their natural seed prodigy, will all return to the base elements of the earth, from which they were originally taken from. 

The elemental structures of earthly matter, have only the imprint of God's creative word structure, and they do not contain the intimate Genetic Imprint of the breath of His Word and Seed of Life, which brings forth Faith, Hope and Love from the new born children of His heart.  God can command the elements of His earth, to bring forth structured obedient life, but He can not command love from the heart of the free will of man.

Remembering again, "For dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return", and the elemental dust of this earth, has no soul that loves, and "The soul that sins shall die". We are not familiar with the original deceptive form of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, but nevertheless the generations of the tree are here today, springing forth from the dust of the earth, in human form.  The beginning family of man, became one with that tree of corruption of the heart, and from the former text and the text that follows, you can see the fruit of the human tree's offspring.  Ironically, the geneticist finds that seventeen per cent of Man's DNA is associated with plants and trees.

Therefore, with the original seeding incident of sin in the Garden to the present, the manifestations of the spiritual malignancy of sin, and the resulting autonomous judgmental reactions of all fathers, from the loins of our first father, Adam, continues into all generations of rebellious mankind.  Yes, it is true, we are all decaying chips off the old log!  Adam and Eve ate of that tree, and became one with it, and then judged God out of the imaginations of their heart, and separated themselves from the heart of the Father.  Adam chose expediency, and what he thought was instant god-Identification, rather than being a son of the Most High, and waiting on Godís patient wisdom, perfect love and understanding that He would share within His time.  Now, all of mankind has been infected with the will of Sin, and we have all taken on the nature of the spiritual infection, with its consequential judgments, resulting in the disease manifestations of Sin and Death.

And so, in the beginnings of iniquity, by his faithless actions, the first Adam rejected the only Living God, the Creator and sustainer of life.  Adam, by committing the highest of treason, through his own autonomous judgment and censure of God and knowing the penalty, consigned himself to death and quite naturally, all of his genetic seed within him.  Therefore, mankind, the seed of Adam the first Man, has genetically inherited death, and all of its genetic consequences and anomalies to the whole body and soul of man.  Unfortunately to this very day, mankind continues to eat of that tree of our own individual confused judgments of good and evil for self, leading to sinís propensity, towards moral corruption of the mind, heart, and genetic mutations of the body.

The Creator God gave Man the gift of free will, but quite regrettably, apart from the holy personage of God, with His Love and His wisdom, the gift was corrupted with the body.  Now, the natural man and his mind is alienated from his Creator, and the will of sin has taken him prisoner.  He does not know nor love God, and certainly does not understand the Holiness of the Creator.  The unregenerate mind and soul of man, has become enamored with his own darkness, and is enslaved to his own deceptions, conceived in sin and those of its author, Satan, who became the new lord of this earth. (See Luke 4 verse 5 thru 8.) It is Satanís will of death and destruction that presently reigns in this world, and not the Love of God.   For God made not death: neither hath He pleasure in the destruction of the living. For He created all things, that they might have their being: and the generations of the world were healthful; and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor the kingdom of death upon the earth: (For righteousness is immortal:) (See Wisdom of Solomon 1 verse 14 thru 15.) Righteousness is immortal, because righteousness is centered in the love of God, where there is no self centered corruption for the defiling works of sin and death.

Satan, sin, death, and darkness, spiritually they are synonymous, for they are contemptuous of God, His Word and Godís creation of man.  Satan, in desiring to discredit God, has laid claim to all of mankind through Adam succumbing to sin's deceits. With Adamís insurrection, the willful seed of Satan, with the darkness of sin and death, has been spiritually sown into the inner fabric of humanity, where sin's desires in unison with Satan, will seek to destroy even the genetics of the first Man Adam.  When God promised that the Seed of a Woman would crush the head of Satan, He was promising that the genetics of the first man Adam, would be maintained in the true genealogy of Man, and the genetics of Adam would be found in the Last Adam, the Incarnate Christ of God born of flesh.  God's Word is not a hybridization of the confused thoughts of fallen man under the lead of Satan, sin, death and darkness.

Elohim first established His Covenant Word in the Garden of Eden, and fulfilled His promise of the Seed of a WoMan that would conquer Satan, sin, death and the darkness of the grave: For since by Man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so (those) in Christ shall all be made alive.  (1st Corinthians 15 verse 21 thru 23.)  Christ Jesus is the Last Adam, born of the Will of His Father, and is The True Son of the Almighty God, begotten in the image and likeness of His Father.

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Robert Glenn Pratten