The story of Creation : The Fall of Man. IV

Now, the serpent was the creature most crafty among all the wild animals that God had made. When the man and woman were among the fruit trees, he crept up to the woman, taking her by surprise, and asked her, ” Did God really tell you that you mustn’t eat the fruit of any tree in the garden?”

The woman , unaware of the serpents deceiving nature replied, “We are allowed to eat the fruit of any tree in the garden. But God did say, ‘ You must not eat the fruit from the tree that I’ve planted in the garden. You must not even touch it, or you will certainly die.”

” Oh dear woman, you would certainly not die, and to think, why would God allow such a tree to exist in the first place?”

He grinned villainously as he saw the confused expression etched across her face as she pondered over the serpents’ words.

“God knows that if you eat from the tree of life, your eyes will be opened and you will become like God , and know what is good and evil.”

The serpent crawled across the jungle grounds and vanished among the dense foliage, leaving the woman to herself after planting the seed of temptation in her .

She looked over towards the verdant garden, every drop of dew on the leaves of the sweet smelling fauna and every drop of water from the fresh streams that meandered through it, was shining and shimmering like a million diamonds.

In the middle of this unrealistically beautiful creation of the Lord, sat a grand tree that towered over every other tree, spreading it’s magnificent canopy over the entire garden.

Behold! The Tree of Life!

When the woman saw that the fruits that the tree yielded was good for food and looked pleasing to the eye, her desire to be as wise as the Lord God himself , grew intensely. She took one of the fruits and bit into it, then gave some to her husband who was standing right next to her.

Then at once , their eyes were opened and they knew they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. And they heard footsteps of the Lord God walking in the garden for he enjoyed the cool of the evening, and the man and his wife hid themselves among the trees of the garden and did not wish to be seen by the Lord God. But the Lord God called out to the man and said, ” Where are you?” His voice bellowed through the garden, rustling the leaves .

The Man answered, ” I heard the sound of your presence in the garden, and I felt afraid for I was naked , and I hid myself.” The Lord God asked, ” Who told you that you were naked ? Have you eaten fruit of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

The man said, ” The woman whom you put here for me , she gave me the fruit of the tree , and I ate.” The Lord was quite angry. He said to the woman, ” What is this that you have done? ” And the woman answered, ” It was the serpent who deceived me, and I ate.”

The Lord God’s face bore the look of utter disappointment and pure fury. His anger drove all the creatures of the Earth and the seas into their homes , he then said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the Earth; all the days of your life you shall move on your belly and eat dust.

I will put enmity between you and the woman, between her offsprings and yours. He shall crush your head and you shall bite his heel.”

To the woman he said,

“I will multiply your pain while giving birth to your child; in pain you shall bring forth children.

Your desire will be towards your husband and he shall rule over you.”

And to Adam he said ,

” Because you have listened to your wife and have eaten the fruit from the tree of which I commanded you ,

‘ you shall not eat of it’ ,

cursed is the ground because of you ; in pain shall you eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles shall grow for you ; and you shall eat the plants of the field.

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for you were taken out of it;

For dust you are and to dust you shall return.

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