One of my friends on Facebook asked a question on his feed one day: “Why did Adam do it?” He didn’t answer the question but simply referred to Paul’s comments on the incident in 1 Timothy 2:13-14:
13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.
The bible says that Adam is the father of us all. We all share his genome. It also says that it was his disobedience that brought death into the world (Romans 5). It was because of this that Jesus had to come to bring life instead through His death on the cross.
Another friend of mine (who is not on Facebook) said that he spent 3 days doubting his faith after thinking about what I am about to say in this post so you have been warned!
So here is the scene: God has made Adam out of dust, created Eve from one of Adam’s ribs and thereby enhanced paradise for Adam in the “flesh of my flesh” unity they enjoyed freely for who knows how long after that. If you get my drift.
Then along comes the serpent, the devil, a fallen angel in Paradise. He takes Eve in all her doubly refined purity and innocence, deceives her and she eats. Adam stands quietly by and lets it all happen. According to Paul he was anything but innocent in this encounter. He knew exactly what he was letting Eve do and what he was going to do himself.
So why on earth would he want to spoil what he had by deliberately doing the only thing he was asked not to do?
Maybe I should ask the question another way. Why do men deliberately disobey God?
This is the mystery of iniquity.