Why do kids want to do bad stuff? Why is it so much fun to do the opposite of what your parents tell you? Why is ‘wicked’ good? And it’s not just kids. Somehow there is a real attractiveness about disobeying the rules!
In Genesis 3 v 5, the serpent tells the woman that in taking of the fruit, she would not die, but be like God in knowing good and evil. Good, she knew plenty about. She had no idea about evil. Her only experience up to now was of good.
God obviously knew plenty about good, but what did God know about evil? Too much actually. Another part of the bible tells the story about how one third of his angels had turned against him, and gone bad. That was where the rot had started. That must have been so painful for God. What God knew about evil, was that it caused pain, anguish, spoil, destruction.
But it wasn’t quite that perspective that the serpent wanted the woman to be aware of. That was the big temptation – to see the fun side of evil, not the damage of its consequences.
There is a poem going around Facebook.People think that our society would be so much better if us religious fogies didn’t keep banging on about God and doing good. They certainly know a lot about evil, but let’s pray that they might know and have a better perception of the consequences of evil too.