Many (I used to be able to say ‘most’ here) people have heard of the story of Adam and Eve and their eating of the apple.
“And Yehovah (the LORD) God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17 (ESV)
And shortly thereafter we see,
The serpent said to the woman, ” “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” “
Then Eve reaches out and touches and touches the fruit (traditionally an apple), doesn’t die, eats of it and then gives some to Adam (who was standing right there).
Was the first sin was eating the apple? Look a bit closer. God said, “don’t eat from that tree.” Eve quoted God as saying, “don’t eat or touch the tree.”
Wait! When did God say, “don’t touch the tree?” He didn’t! Someone added to God’s words!
“Does that really matter?” you may ask. After all, not touching the tree certainly fills the command of “not eating from the tree.”
I put forward that it does matter. In fact, adding to God’s word was the original sin!
It doesn’t matter who added to it. The Bible doesn’t say, though I tend to think that Adam added to it (as it seems to me that men are much more likely to add rules and regulations then women are).
“You shall not add to the word that I command you, not take from it, that you may keep the commandments of Yehovah (the LORD) your God that I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2 (ESV)
When we add to or subtract from God’s word, we change it, making it all the easier for Satan to challenge the command.
And Adam and Eve looked, touched, and ate.
In their eyes, the looking and touching was already in violation of the command, so eating was just one small step further.
And we still do the same today! I can think of several blatant examples of where the Church has changed God’s word and violated His command. Here is just one example.
God said, “Don’t eat pork.”
The church, when asked if God really meant what He said, responded, “Jesus said we could.”
The problem is that Yeshua (Jesus) never said any such thing, nor did God ever imply that His command would change. It has gone so far that command of God has been changed into the command of men, stating, “You shall eat pork to show that you are ‘free’ in God through Jesus.”
Does it matter? When Adam and Eve ate the apple, they died (though physically not immediately). So to, when the church ate pork, nothing seemed to happen. Yet something did.
The church no longer understands the difference between clean and unclean, nor that even any such difference exists! Nor does it understand what it means to be holy. Both of these things are tied, among other things, to us choosing to follow God’s dietary laws. (See Leviticus 11:44-47). And learning both these concepts is involved in our walk with God.
It is a magnificent picture of God’s grace that there has been no apparent repercussions thus far. And perhaps they may never be. But I still choose to follow His words. And isn’t it interesting that the original sin revolved around changing God’s dietary law, and that His dietary law is still an issue today!
Shalom, – Yosef