All it takes sometimes is one question and everything that God has said and done just seems to fade into the background. One bad thing happens and we begin questioning God’s goodness. One person fails us and we lose our faith in community.
Even in a perfect environment, a sneaky serpent shows up, and all of a sudden we see things differently. No one knows how long Adam and Eve were caring for the garden that God planted just for them. It may have been years; it may have been a day or two. Everything was going well when a stranger slithered into town inside a snake.
The serpent approached the woman of the house and asked a simple question. “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree in the garden'”? Notice that the devil in snake’s clothing turns God’s positive command into a negative. God had said, “You may freely eat of every tree in the garden.” Except one.
I wonder how many different kinds of fruit and nut trees there were in the garden. You can eat as much as you want of anything you want; except of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It would be like eating from a buffet of all the best foods in the world but having one thing that you are allergic to that will kill you if you eat it. So, you will do anything to avoid that one thing, right?
All it takes is just one question. You can see how good it looks; you can see how good it would make you feel; you can see all the great benefits that you would receive if you passed up everything else and just ate that one thing.
We can explain our tendencies to go for that one thing that will kill us because of our sin nature. Eve didn’t have a sin nature; and she still went for it. What is it about that one thing that is forbidden? All it takes is just one question.