Genesis 3:4-11 (New International Reader's Version)
4 "You can be sure that you won't die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "God knows that when you eat the fruit of that tree, you will know things you have never known before. You will be able to tell the difference between good and evil. You will be like God."
6 The woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good to eat. It was also pleasing to look at. And it would make a person wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. And he ate it.
7 Then both of them knew things they had never known before. They realized they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made clothes for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking in the garden. It was the coolest time of the day. They hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
9 But the Lord God called out to the man. "Where are you?" he asked.
10 "I heard you in the garden," the man answered. "I was afraid. I was naked, so I hid."
11 The Lord God said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten the fruit of the tree I commanded you not to eat?"
22 The Lord God said, "The man has become like one of us. He can now tell the difference between good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and pick fruit from the tree of life and eat it. If he does, he will live forever."
23 So the Lord God drove the man out of the Garden of Eden to work the ground he had been made out of.
Romans 5:12 (New Living Translation)
12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
Romans 3:23 (New International Reader's Version)
23 Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God's glory.
How did we end up in this messed up world and this situation we find ourselves in? Why do we struggle with doing what is right, when it seems so much easier and pleasant to do what is wrong? Why is the evil in this world so prevalent and difficult to overcome?
God had wanted only the best for the jewel of His creation, and to secure a relationship with mankind and gain his love, He gave him free will; the ability to make decisions for himself. He gave mankind His best, creating him in "our own image", the very image of God. God placed man and woman in the garden, took care of every need, and spent initmate time with them.
In having free will and the ability to decide for himself, Satan tempted mankind with the oldest ploy in the book, the desire for pleasure, wisdom and power. As a result of the choice that Adam and Eve made, to disobey God and give in to their desire, mankind has been in a battle ever since. In that act of disobedience, mankind was seperated from the holiness of God.
Today, we continue in that disobedience. We choose our own way over the way of God, and because we are also easily tempted and seduced by pleasure, wisdom and power, we find ourselves seperated from the holiness and goodness of God.