Stan Rutkowski

Something good was about to happen, then Adam and Eve believed an interesting teaser: 10 percent truth and 90 percent lie.

Genesis 3:1-5 records this human history sin of the greatest magnitude. It was the beginning of all human heartache, misery, torture, blood, sweat and tears. This passage also explains our current culture’s fascination with drugs, alcohol, lust, unlawful sex and every other sinful thing that mankind has imagined.

Here is what happened: The devil appears as a snake. Actually he was quite appealing. The Bible explains that the devil was more subtle than any other creature. Adam and Eve were totally innocent creatures.

At this point temptation had never happened before. Everything was perfect. It is utopia in the Garden of Eden. It was the way God had planned for mankind to live.

Notice what the devil does: Satan aroused desire. Eve had never even considered that tree of good and evil, except it was a “no-no.” Do you wonder: “Why does God make us behave? Why are their boundaries and 10 commandments?”

God created mankind in his own image. We were given the ability to choose, so that our love could be demonstrated toward him.

Satan did the following, which explains why the 10 percent truth and 90 percent lie is the model for the trouble the world is in. Satan aroused desire. Before Satan came along there was no desire. After all, Adam and Eve had it made in paradise. Satan planted desire.

Then he implanted suggestions. “God must be doing this because he doesn’t want you to have all good things,” suggested the devil. Eve looked at the forbidden fruit. I can imagine her thinking, “It does look good. I wonder why I can’t have that? Is God trying to hold back good things from me?” Satan now supports his suggestion with a lie.

Once suggestion and imagination were left in the mind, it was all over for mankind. Guys, it wasn’t all woman’s fault. I doubt she threw Adam down on the ground with a hammerlock and force fed him the fruit from the forbidden tree.

Now consider the results. James 1:16: “Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin when it is finished brings forth death.” The trap that really caught humanity was one of an implanted suggestion. A 10 percent truth was presented and 90 percent lie easily followed.

Adam and Eve were now caught in the trap of “If it feels good, then do it. If I want it I should have it. I think I’ll try this stuff, and live on the edge. After all, it is my life.” When all of that is said and done, destruction and death loom heavy over our destiny.

Let me suggest another possibility. What if we were to believe what Jesus taught in Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Imagine: “… and all these things shall be added to you.” Life eternal, a happy marriage, a life that is not just an existence and a future that is grand and glorious.

Yes, it is true. This life has lots of heartaches, trials and troubles. It is not always good. On the other hand, it is not always bad. Promises have been made of a home in heaven. Hope for the future. That is his plan for us. Choose Christ. He is always yours best option.

Stan Rutkowski is pastor at Living Waters Church in Salida.

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