The Price of Wrong Choices
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Genesis 2:16-17).
The fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was not to be eaten and the consequence of eating it was pretty high. We know from verses that follow that spiritual death came immediately. Adam and Eve were changed and their relationship with God changed. However, they did not die physically, at least not right away. That process took 930 years for Adam and we can assume it took several centuries for Eve as well since they had “other sons and daughters” (Genesis 5:4 AMP).
They Weren’t Convinced
It seems they were not well grounded in the Word that God had spoken to them and it caused a tremendous problem. The same thing can happen to us if we are not grounded in the Word of God. If we don’t know what the Word says, the devil can come in and destroy us. Without being really convinced that what God said was true, Adam and Eve made a huge mistake that we still deal with today.
Know What’s in the Bible
It is important that we know, understand and observe what the Bible says. If we do that we will notice that there is a detailed plan for our lives as well as our meals and our continued good health. Physical tests and trials may come our way but many times the problems we encounter are due to our personal choices. Unfortunately, Eve made a poor choice when the tempter spoke to her about eating the fruit from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. She had some instruction about that food but wasn’t convinced. Because of the thoughts and ideas that were put in her mind she made a choice that caused her to die. She was also a poor influence on Adam. Their spiritual death was sudden, but their physical death took a long, long time.
The account of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit is, obviously, an old story but it happens to many of us today. We are seduced by the marketing and gimmicks and advertising that is all around us. We don’t have enough solid nutritional information based on evidence to know that some foods that are available, inexpensive and/or come with recommendations are very harmful to us. The harm happens little by little, bit by bit and when it finally comes most of us cannot even imagine any connection with the food choices we make.
The best foods for our continued good health are outlined in God’s Word (Genesis 1, 3, 9) and the best research science has to offer agrees. The Bible is all we need but we also have experience to know what and how to choose.
Another kind of choice many people make is to eat the things they like to excess. I heard someone say they liked to “pig out” on things that taste good. This man liked to stuff himself with tasty foods. Excessive eating and drinking is called gluttony but that is such a derogatory word that this man thought it was better to say that he “pigged out” rather than to call himself a glutton. He laughed when he said it so that softened the truth. Did he think about what was good for him or did he just want to satisfy his cravings?
Proverbs 23:21a says, “For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty”. One reason they come to poverty is that they buy a lot of expensive food and they pay a lot of expensive doctors for services, tests and procedures.
In His book, God told us what He created for us to eat. Genesis 1:29 and 3:18-19 describes fruits, vegetables, beans and grains (to make bread). In Genesis 9:3 He allowed meat but immediately, in the next verses, He gives some specific instructions. He said not to eat certain meats (Nothing that died on its own, no scavengers) and certain parts of meats (the fat and the blood). Adam and Eve were perfect in every way and didn’t need those instructions, but they were to follow the original guidelines God gave them. The consequence of disobedience was that spiritually Adam and Eve died immediately and physically they slowly began to die. But we live in a different time. If we believe Jesus came to the earth and paid the full price for our sin, we are born again and the price has been paid for our transgressions. Should we make a mistake and eat something we should not eat, we will not die spiritually as Adam and Eve did. We will eventually die physically, as everyone does, because we live in a world marred with sin, but we need not be sick.
Even though our body is magnificently designed it is still physical. It is affected by our choices and poor ones can begin to destroy our body and cause it to die sooner than necessary. There is no way we can reach our 900th birthday like many of the people in the Old Testament did, but Genesis 9:3 indicates that we can live for one hundred twenty years. Unfortunately, people have been getting sicker earlier and earlier in their lives. Children now deal with diseases that were at one time only seen in the elderly. Those who are approaching a three-digit age should not be sick either. Dying physically does not require sickness.
Most people say they eat well and know about food. If that is so, then why are we so sick, fatigued and dying sick at an early age? Why are so many people afflicted with allergies, headaches, joint pain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and excess weight? Those are important questions and worth considering. Why would anyone want to be sick?
Adam and Eve taught us a lesson when they disobeyed God’s Word about eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It didn’t work out well at all. The instructions given to them (and to us) are given for a reason. They are for our health and well-being so that we can live a wonderful life and have the ability to do all that we were created to do.
God commanded the Man, “You can eat from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil. Don’t eat from it. The moment you eat from that tree, you’re dead” (Genesis 2:16-17 The Message
The Last Word
When things are designed, those who engineer the designs also make recommendations about the operation of their creation. We were designed in a specific way. We need fuel for energy and fuel to sustain the mechanisms within our body that keeps us healthy. Ignoring the instructions given about anything can cause it to malfunction or to simply not work at all. This is also true of us. We were designed a certain way and given information about the best way to fuel our bodies and keep them healthy. It is out choice whether we follow the advice of our Creator or disregard it.
Whatever choice is made, there will be a consequence.