Genesis 3: Why is the scariest? Allow me to start at the beginning.
At the start of Genesis 3, Eve is standing at The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, from which Adam was not to eat. The serpent, a snake, was cunning and knew if the woman could make Adam eat the fruit of the tree, that he would suffer death some day. Disguised as a serpent, Satan would do anything to thwart God’s creations. The serpent lied to Eve, “Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4,5)
Eve did eat the fruit, and she brought it to her husband, Adam. Adam took one bite and both of their eyes were opened, realizing they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together and hid from God, because they were naked. “And He said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?” (Verse 11)
Adam blamed Eve, and she blamed the serpent. God, in His Holy Righteousness, then gave out the punishments. To the snake, God promised always trouble between its seed and Eve’s seed. For Eve, He promised pain in childbirth. To Adam, the scariest promise of all: “And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Verses 17-19)
Again: Why is Genesis 3 the scariest chapter in the Bible? This was humanity’s one chance to live a perfect, sinless, completely happy life in paradise. The moment Adam bit into the fruit, we lost paradise, and were forced to live a sinful life, at the end of which we suffer death. Every time I read this chapter, I hope, in vain, that Adam will not take a bite. Alas, he does, and this sin-filled world, full of murders, disease, and death, is the result.
That is not to say we cannot find happiness on our journey. I am living proof, that one may be saddled with a fatal disease and still find joy in this world which has fallen from grace. Plus, we have been given a Savior, Jesus Christ, who, if we believe on Him, will give us Heaven, and we will finally spend eternity in paradise.
Acts 16:31 – “And they said, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (KJV)
Luke 23:43 – “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise.” (KJV)