The man said ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree and I ate’. Then God said to the woman ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said ‘The serpent tricked me, and I ate.’ (Genesis 3.8-15)
The Hebrew words for Adam and Eve mean Man and Life. It’s the story of every man and every woman since human life began. We have free will, but with that goes responsibility for the choices we make.
The man blames the woman; the woman blames the serpent. The man even implies it’s actually God’s fault, for giving him the woman in the first place! We blame our instincts, our environment, our parents, and if all else fails we can always blame God. We are made in the image of God, but all too often abuse our freedom and ignore God’s laws, and then blame others when things go wrong.
This old biblical tale of the Fall is still absolutely relevant. It contains deep truths which are well worth pondering.