A Human Tragedy (Genesis 3:6)
Evil holds the human race in its grip. The story of the Garden of Eden and the fall of Adam and Eve is really the story of every human being. Eve stared at the fruit: we do too. We look at that which is evil; we let it stir our imagination and take hold of our attention. If at the first glance we were to look away, it would hold no more attraction for us. Then Eve saw that it looked beautiful. Evil usually comes dressed in an enticing package: it never looks ugly. Thus the fruit seemed on the surface to be attractive. It also looked as if it was tasty. Since it looked to be good for food, she convinced herself not only that she needed it and that it would do her good. So she ate some, she got her husband to have some as well.
Somehow our responsibility seems less when others are involved. They share something of our load of guilt. But when we get others to take part, we do not only add evil to evil: we multiply it! There is solidarity in sin. Yet each one is guilty. Only God can forgive your sins. Come and let him pardon and cleanse you and give you a new start.
Bro David Yelulani (Banket, Zimbabwe)