It is so easy to work outside God’s will. Eve tried it first and the results were so good that Adam believed the results would be the same for him.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made (Genesis 3:1a KJV)
John’s Revelation tells us who this serpent was: … that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: (Revelation 12:9 KJV), but mankind has been aware of his existence.
He begins by twisting God’s word. God said: … 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 KJV)
Satan misquoted, just slightly: And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Genesis 3:1b KJV)
Eve, in her response, went beyond God’s words: And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. (Genesis 3:2-3 KJV)
In her misquote, Eve added “neither shall ye touch it” – which would have been a good reminder to keep away from the forbidden tree, but God said “thou shalt not eat of it.”
Eve misquoted, again, “lest ye die” when God said “thou shalt surely die.”
We’re still doing that. We’re adding a bit here or there, adjusting the admonitions, rejecting commandments, telling others what we say God said, when His word is laid out before us.
If I were to tell anyone how to live their life in order to achieve perfection, trust me – it would not work! Hasn’t worked for me, how could I possibly make it work for someone else? The Bible doesn’t tell us how to achieve perfection here, but it does tell us that God is perfect and we can achieve eternity with Him. That’s the goal to achieve.
Spend time with the Bible in order to know that you’ve searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11b KJV)