If it feels so right, how can it be wrong?

“I don’t see how feeling so right could be wrong???”

This comment was posted on the blog recently, but the question isn’t new. Eve—the mother of humanity—was bothered by this same question.

God had placed Eve and her husband, Adam, in a beautiful, lush paradise. He told them they could eat of every tree except for one. That shouldn’t be too difficult to manage, right?

Well . . .

Eve didn’t take God’s word for it. With a nudge from the crafty serpent, she decided to go with what felt and looked good:

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate (Genesis 3:6).

The consequences were devastating and far reaching—psychological, relational, physical, environmental, and spiritual. In fact, we’re still dealing with the consequences of their choice today:

Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men (Romans 5:12).

As my pastor pointed out this Sunday, the story in Genesis 3 isn’t just an archaic account of an event that happened way before our time—it’s like reading our own journal—and gives us insight into how sin works. Are you ready for sin’s secret?

Sin is seductive.

To quote my pastor, sin seduces us in this way:

  1. It begins by questioning God’s Word.
  2. It continues by doubting God’s goodness.
  3. It succeeds by appealing to the senses.

So, I need to ask you—are you being seduced?

The drama continues. Only this time, Eve isn’t the main character—you are. Sin is still seductive. The stakes are still high. The consequences are still devastating. The choice is yours. Will you listen to God’s voice?

About Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula no longer tries to catch guys' attention by swallowing live goldfish, arm wrestling, and jumping down flights of stairs. (She's married to a wonderful man now!) She spends her days caring for her son, Iren, and writing for Revive Our Hearts. She's the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom, and she and her family live in New York. You can catch all her writing on PaulaWrites.com.

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