Today’s Scripture: And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Genesis 3:7

The question we must begin with is not, why does God allow evil, but rather, where did evil come from?

According to Genesis, the book of beginnings, God created the heavens and the Earth, and all things that dwell on the Earth. This beautiful, blue orb, with all its wonders and splendor, was spoken into existence. And God said it was good.

Adam and Eve lived in a garden called Eden. Imagine rivers and streams, waterfalls, colorful birds, and great beasts as gentle as lambs. There was plenty to eat, drink, and do. It was paradise — no pain, disease, death, or evil.

God put a particular tree in the middle of all the trees in the garden. Without this tree, called “The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil,” humans would be no more than robots. True love is only true if you choose to love and are not forced. God did not want to force us to love Him, or it would not be love. So, by giving Adam and Eve a choice, He was willing to allow them to make the wrong choice. It’s called free will. Just as they had free will, we have it today.

Well, wouldn’t you know it — they made the wrong choice. Adam and Eve gave into the temptation to eat of this tree, and so began the first of thousands of years of suffering. Sin was passed down from father to child, from generation to generation. Sin presently reigns supreme in this world and can be traced back to this moment in the garden.

So, if we are looking for someone to blame, we must first look at ourselves. And Satan should not be far behind in the blame game.

There were many consequences for sin: pain in childbirth, thorns, thistles, and weeds. Earning a living was made very difficult. But the worst result of sin was death.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.