Christine Collier, author of My New Life Now Curriculum for people seeking freedom from addictions talks about her call to ministry.
The first recorded study in God’s word created a problem that exposed sin. The serpent, who started the discussion about God, was now firmly entrenched in the lives of Adam and Eve. He sat by in smug satisfaction as shame swept over the rulers of earth when they realized they were naked. He watched in fascination as the bearers of God’s image covered themselves in fig leaves. Then they heard God walking in the garden and dove into a grove of trees for cover.
“Where are you?” God called.
The presence of God was too strong to resist. Adam, Eve and the serpent emerged from hiding.
“I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid,” said Adam.
The grass skirts the rulers of earth were wearing told God what they had done, but he did not deride their disobedience. He asked probing questions. “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
Adam ignored the first question and attempted to defend his actions by blaming God. “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” Adam was not ready to accept responsibility for his actions, so God turned his attention to the woman. “What is this you have done?”
“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” The woman blamed the serpent for deceiving her, but she was wrong. The serpent lied to Eve, but he did not deceive her. Eve’s desire deceived her.
James explained why we sin and where deception comes from. “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed [deluded]. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” Eating from the tree of knowledge contrary to God’s command was not “the sin”, it was a symptom of sin.
Eve’s sin had its roots in an evil desire that most would say is a good desire. She wanted to be wise. There is nothing wrong with being wise, unless you want to be wise like God. God had already imparted wisdom when he told them the consequences of eating from the tree of knowledge. They knew the truth, because God had told them the truth. They sinned when they choose to believe the worst of God, the only way to justify sinning against him.
We know Eve’s heart was far from God because she was adding to God’s word. It is easy to believe the worst of someone you do not love. Sin conceived when Adam and Eve judged God to be a liar who withheld good things from them. Adam agreed with her. They both ate fruit from the tree of knowledge. If the one commanding your life is bad, you will feel justified in breaking his commands and encouraging others to do the same.
 Genesis 3:9
 Genesis 3:10
 Genesis 3:11
 Genesis 3:12
 Genesis 3:13
 Genesis 3:13
 G1185 δελεάζω deleazō del-eh-ad’-zo From the baes of G1388; to entrap, that is, (figuratively) delude: – allure, beguile, entice.
 James 1:14-15
 Genesis 3:6
As I follow God through my Chronological Bible, I hear him speak to man for the first time.
“…You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
If the timeline is correct, woman has not been created yet. We don’t have every detail of what transpired “in the beginning”, but I believe God gave us what we needed to know. We needed to know that Adam was free. He had a choice.
I remember teaching material when I first entered Christianity showing a man standing at a crossroads. One road led to God. The other led to drugs, alcohol etc. I thought the choice was God or wild living that led to an early grave. The choice God gave humanity is life or knowledge.
Of all the good things God created, he only named one “good” thing that he did not want Adam to possess: the ability to know good and evil without God’s guidance and influence. God did not have to tell Adam and Eve they were naked. After they ate of the tree of knowledge they knew they were naked. When they knew they were naked without God telling them, God knew they had eaten of the forbidden tree without Adam and Eve confessing what they had done.
We also needed to know that where there is freedom there are consequences. God wasn’t trying to keep Adam ignorant. He was trying to keep Adam alive. Law, the knowledge of right (good) and wrong (evil), is holy, righteous and good. But if anyone knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, they sin. The wages of sin is death.
Here are some more reasons God warned Adam about the tree of knowledge: “For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” Knowledge makes us proud. Love is not proud. If we possessed all knowledge but do not have love we gain nothing. Without love you will destroy yourself and everyone around you with your knowledge.
I believe God put the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden because God is good. He will not withhold any good thing from us. Everything God created is good, but everything is not good for us. Knowledge is good but it is also powerful enough to destroy us. God warned Adam that he would die if he ate from the tree of knowledge. When Adam ignored God’s warning, he had no one to blame but himself for the pain that followed.
Within seconds God transformed misery into happiness. Sewage no longer covered the earth now lush with plants. Flying creatures soared through the air. Great whales frolic in the sea now coming alive with a variety of swimming creatures.
Everything God has done is “good”, but he is not finished. Again God spoke before he acted. “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
On day six, God created a unique living creature – Adam. Adam looked like God in form. Therefore, I can conclude that God has one head with two eyes, two ears and a mouth, a torso, two arms, two legs, ten toes and ten fingers.
God had a purpose for creating man in his image – dominion. Adam was created to have dominion over the fish, birds, land animals, and plants. God planted a garden where Adam would live and work fulfilling God’s purpose to subjugate the earth, but something was missing. Adam was the only one of his kind.
God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Surely God knew exactly what Adam needed. But I doubt Adam knew what he needed. Instead of forcing woman upon the man, God formed a variety of animals and presented them to Adam. Adam named each of the creatures, but apparently rejected all of them as a suitable helper. To find a suitable helper, Adam must sacrifice a part of himself, specifically a rib taken from his side.
From the rib of Adam, woman is also created in the image of God. Our body parts distinguish us as either male or female, but all of us, God, Adam and woman have one head with two eyes, two ears and a mouth, a torso, two arms, two legs, ten toes and ten fingers.
Adam accepted the woman who came from his flesh and called her Eve, but God called the male and female he created “Adam”. Even though woman was created to help Adam, God sees them as equal. They are both Adam. Adam also announced that woman is his equal when he said, “this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.”
God considered Adam being the only one of his kind inadequate. None of the creatures walking or creeping across the land, swimming in the sea, and flying through the air could understand what it is like to bear the image of God. The solution to the problem was woman. She was not created to be a servant of man as he rules over God’s creation. She was created so Adam would not be alone. From this point in humanities history forward every male and female entered the earth through a woman.
God affirmed that man and woman are equal in his eyes when he said to both of them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Both man and woman are charged with dominion over God’s creation. God saw everything that he had made and it was “very good”.
While my first images of God were judgment upon rebellion and the darkness and misery that followed, everything that happened afterward is good. He responded to evil with good. He created good things. When he created man and woman it was very good. He entrusted his good things to humanity. When he saw something that was not good, like man being alone, he acted to make it good. The God I follow is full of goodness.
On days two through five of creation I observe God working in a methodical manner, one thing at a time. He first spoke his desire. Having stated what he desired, he then took action to make it a reality. He also named what he made, formed or created.
God separated the waters that covered the earth with an expanse that he made and called heaven. He commanded the waters below Heaven to gather into one place so the land could be seen. He named the dry land earth and the waters seas. Next on his agenda were grass, plants, and fruit trees to nourish life before there were any living creatures in need of food. Within the plants and trees are seeds, which made them a perpetual source of sustenance. On the fourth day God made a different form of light than the light (happiness) he called into existence on day one. He made the sun, moon and stars guaranteeing there would always be a source of light even in the darkness of night. Something new happened on the fifth day. The first living creatures are created to fill the seas and the heaven. To the living creatures God spoke a blessing. “Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.”
In the first five days of creation I read five times that God paused to observe what he had done, and he “saw that it was good.” The Apostle Peter admonished the recipients of his second letter to remember “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” One year to God is less than two minutes. Therefore, as we perceive time it took God five days to transform a shapeless void of darkness and misery into something “good”. But to God less than a second had elapsed.
Regardless of what we think about this planet and the creatures that inhabit this planet, in God’s heart, opinion, thoughts it is all GOOD. God’s response to darkness and misery was to do good, and he is not finished. On day six, he will do something “very good.”
I can conclude that I am following a God who judges his creation when they rebel against his divine order, and then produces happiness by cutting down the misery and evil they build. He is able to transform a catastrophe into something good in less than a minute. His power is so great and he moves so fast, if he had not slowed time to our ability to perceive it we would be incapable of understanding him.
 Genesis 1:22, KJV
 Genesis 1:4,10, 12, 18, 21