My current Bible study is taking me through the book of Genesis. Currently in the third chapter (speed demon that I am!) I am interested in what would motivate Eve–resident of a perfect environment, married to the most hansome man in the world(!)–to throw it all away for a piece of fruit offered to her by a reptile. So far I find three reasons given to us by scripture in Genesis 3:6.
1. Eve believed the tree would meet a physical desire. She saw that the tree was “good for food” (Genesis). The more she focused on that fruit, the more the vast variety of fruits and vegetables around her faded into the background. That fruit was going to satisfy a growing craving. Surely God would understand! To borrow the words from a popular song, “How can it be so wrong when it feels so right?”
2. Eve noticed that the forbidden fruit was pleasing aesthetically. This was important to her. It was not some ugly, dried up fruit. (We can safely rule out prunes as the culprit!) It was beautiful! Nobody could tell her that it was wrong, because she was standing right there by it and it looked good.
3. Eve believed the serpent’s line that the fruit was educational. This was all about self improvement! This line of reasoning is used to justify alot of things. (eg. I just read it for the articles!)
In essence, the reasons Eve sinned are the same reasons we sin today. It feels good, it looks good, and it will make me better. Or, as I John 2:16 puts it, “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.”