The best sin? That probably sounds a little strange, but keep reading and you’ll see my thought pattern.
I was writing a lesson on Adam and Eve and something clicked in my brain that I hadn’t thought of before, nor had I heard anyone else mention it.
Because think about this. The Bible talks a lot about disobedience because the Bible is made up of disobedient people, right? (Because we’re all disobedient.)
Think of the people and events in God’s Word. We have adultery, polygamy, incest, power plays, murder … just a lot of horrific, gruesome stuff.
Adam and Eve were told they could eat of any tree in the Garden of Eden except for The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
But charming Satan came along, did some tricky con work and talked Eve out of believing what God said.
And she ate the fruit … and sin entered the world.
How old does a child have to be before she understands that when the person in authority (usually Dad or Mom) tells her not to eat something she needs to listen to them. Mom says no cookies before dinner. She takes the cookie; she is disobeying … sinning.
We, as parents and teachers, are not in a position where we have to explain all those other sins listed above: adultery, polygamy, incest, power plays, murder …
To explain the moment sin came into the world, we simply need to say: Eve wasn’t supposed to eat the fruit, but she disobeyed God and ate it anyhow. Any kid can understand that concept. They’ve been there. They’ve done that. They get it.
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate (Genesis 3:4)
So best sin? Well, no sin is best or even good. But eating something we’re not supposed to eat is something anyone can understand.
Even a little kid.