In the garden of Eden, the first sin committed by man was disobeying God’s orders. When confronted by Him, both man and woman inadvertently revealed one of the biggest flaws we have as human beings: assigning blame.
While they both ate the fruit, the man blamed the woman, who then blamed the serpent. The truth is that nobody forced anybody to eat the fruit. They did it because they wanted to.
However, it is still important to remember that they were in truth influenced by the devil. The fall of Adam and Eve did not happen suddenly, but steadily, as the serpent invested its time to gain their trust.
“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” (James 1:13–15)
The devil is cunning and invests his time in studying a person’s actions, pinpointing their flaws and desires, and preparing the trap that will lead to their downfall. Regardless of our good intentions, it is our actions and reactions that give away what we secretly desire.
Surely Adam and Eve showed signs that they admired the tree that God told them not to touch. They wondered what was so special about it, and this allowed the devil to know exactly how to make them disobey God. He fed and enticed their desires; it was only a matter of time before they gathered enough courage to satisfy their urges. They fell because they were already inclined to sin but blamed it all on the serpent. They did not have the strength to resist.
The problem with temptation is that it always looks appealing and satisfying. When it is consumed it turns to sin, which has a horrible aftertaste. That is when the sinner begins pointing the finger at everyone but himself. They don’t understand that the devil only fed them more of what they already had in them.
That is why it is our responsibility to stand firm against any thought or desire that goes against God’s will. The devil will try to exploit those desires. If we allow them to grow stronger, they will be the cause of our downfall. If that happens, then the devil might have been the influence behind its growth, but we are the ones who allowed it to happen.
Thankfully, God gave us the Holy Spirit, who empowers us to overcome all temptation and influence that the devil may have. But it is up to us to use that power.