In my Theology classes we have been working through the concepts of original sin and actual sin, using Genesis 3 as the focus for our study. Of course, this chapter shares the fall of humans into sin -- a dark and disturbing story in human history.
What is interesting about this account is that while sin came into the world, the playbook of Satan was revealed in the conversation between the serpent and Eve. Here are some of the "plays" used by Satan to lead humans astray:
- Do it -- you will be like God!
- Outright lies
- Half truths ("Your eyes will be opened." Boy were they ever, but not in the way Eve expected!)
- "Did God really say?"
- Questioning God's goodness
- God did not tell you the whole story
So take heart Christians! God as conquered Satan! After all, He has given us his playbook. The mysteries have been revealed, and they cannot stand against the Word of God!