It All Began in the Garden of Eden

(Reading time: 1.3 minutes. All scripture quotations are from the NIV 1984 Bible.)

“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it” (Gen 3:6).

Why did Eve eat the forbidden fruit? Because she thought it would be good for her. Self-centeredness was the issue – concern for her own well-being.

Self-centeredness motivated the first act of disobedience. In my opinion, it was the original sin and is the basis for all other sin. We sin because we believe it somehow will benefit us, make us feel better about ourselves or accomplish something we want.

Self-centeredness is self-focus. It makes us more concerned about our own thoughts, feelings and desires than those of other people. It causes us to defend ourselves, protect ourselves and justify ourselves.

So, what’s the solution? Humility. It causes us to consider ourselves relatively unimportant compared to others. Humility is essential to agape love, because we must first humble ourselves before we can serve others effectively. In humility, we step down from our pedestals of importance; in agape, we lift others up.

Jesus said, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 18:4). We need to be aware of our innate self-centeredness and allow God to help us develop true humility.

Humility is not one desirable attribute among many; instead, it’s the foundation of godly character.

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4 comments on “It All Began in the Garden of Eden

Lonitra on November 26, 2011 5:49 pm

I don’t know who you wrote this for but you helped a brother out.

Shirley Fox on May 18, 2017 2:02 pm

Good to see this and contemplate the significance of these opposing attributes. Nailed it again, sir.

Herbert Orr on May 19, 2017 10:51 am

“Eve’s main problem was that she listened and obeyed the serpent rather than what God said. SHE EVEN QUOTED TO THE SERPENT WHAT GOD’S RULE WAS! (So, she was self-centered such that her “self” took over and obeyed what the serpent said. She obeyed what John said we must avoid: 1st John 2 v 16. (lust= to great desire to fulfill the appetites.) #1 lust of the flesh: She said the fruit looked good for food. #2 lust of the eye: She said it looks pleasant: (make one feel pleasant when it is eaten.) #3 Pride of life: (Pride is knowing and doing apart from God’s way.) So, her self-centeredness helped her to perform the pride of life. In Genesis 3 v 13: Eve admitted that the serpent deceived her.

Now, for us: We will be tempted like James said in chapter 1 vs 13-16. Lust with enticement = (satan’s part) when obeyed ends in sin. v 16 He says: Don’t be deceived: (like Eve) but accept God’s gifts v 17: Every good and perfect gift is from God, the Father of lights. We accept God’s gift in salvation. His callings of service: 1st Corinthians chapter 12 and the fruits of the Spirit: Galatians 5 v 22 especially the Spirits: “love. joy and peace.

Herbert Orr on August 9, 2019 6:22 pm

Eve was deceived. She knew God’s instruction about the tree. Satan caused her to lust after the fruit. 1st John 2 v 16 is what happened to her. Lust is excess appetites. Her lust of flesh: The fruit looks good, lust of the eyes if she ate it it would be pleasurable. Pride= with our self-centeredness it is to disobey God’s instructions like Eve did. As you wrote: humility is the answer. Humility will cause one to disregard our self-centeredness. It is like a pitcher of cool, refreshing water poured out to those in a banquet. Water is a picture of the Holy Spirit: John 7 v 39. So, if you let the Holy Spirit guide you there is no room for your self-centeredness to act!

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