One of life’s biggest questions is: If there is a good God, why is there so much suffering and death? An inadequate answer to this question has shipwrecked many people’s faith. Today we’re going to take a look at that, along with choices, temptation, sin and consequences. Plus there are some cool colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for our children. This is another big one, so (deep breath) here we go…
DID GOD REALLY SAY?
God made everything perfect… a beautiful garden filled with amazing animals. A young couple very much in love, appointed as the king and the queen of the earth, told to go and have fun and start a family. There was only ONE RULE.
There was a tree. It was a test. They failed… and we’re still paying for it.
God did not make Adam and Eve as robots, but allowed them to make their own choices, just as He does with us today. It was to test their obedience and allegiance to their Creator. ‘See all those beautiful trees? Go for it. See that ONE tree there? Don’t even think about it.’ So God gives the instruction then steps back and is silent, to see if they will obey. But He was watching. Like He watches us today. I’ve been surprised just how many verses in Scripture I’ve found on that, but that’s a topic for another time. Will they love Him enough to obey Him? Will we? We all know what happened. They BLEW IT! They decided on DIY religion and rejected God. They wanted to do it their own way and be their own gods. But if they hadn’t, I definitely would have, and you know that you would have, too. It was not a question of God’s goodness, but rather of human evil. And now all of their descendants (me and you included) are S.I.N. positive. We are all born with that rebellious ‘I-want-to-do-it-my-own-way-not-God’s-way’ gene. Humans all over the world are now in full blown rebellion to their Maker, ‘rebels who refuse to lay down our arms’. We see the results all around us every day. Eve was tripped up by just one seemingly innocent question by the serpent-shapeshifter-fallen angel… Did God really say? And it’s a question that the Evil One is STILL using with great success today. So let’s have a closer look at it…
- First, he was subtle. Evil does not come loudly knocking on the door and announcing itself, ‘Hello, I’m here! Want to do something that is going to be really bad for you and will destroy your life and your relationship with God?’ No. It is extremely subtle. Seductive. It looks attractive. It invites by slow degrees. It never talks about consequences. Just one little bite. It won’t hurt you. Go on, everybody else is doing it. It may even seem to be something that ‘feels so good’, ‘feels sooo right’. But the end result is disobedience to God. And death. Rob, kill and destroy. That is the trademark of the Evil One. The fallen angel-shapeshifter ultimately wants to destroy all of us, and to destroy our relationship with God, and with each other. That is always the agenda of evil.
- The Evil One set Eve up by drawing her attention to the forbidden object (while ignoring all she already has) and cast doubt on what God had said. ‘Did God really say…?’
- Next, he cast doubt on God’s Word and God’s character, insinuating that Eve couldn’t trust Him, by flat out denying what God had said. ‘Ye shall not surely die…’
- But Satan was lying. This powerful fallen angel is the great deceiver and ‘the father of lies‘. He is the enemy of God, and hates ALL of God’s creation. Especially humans, God’s favoured ones. We are the pinnacle of God’s creation and made in God’s own image. Some scholars even suggest that he may have seen Adam as a rival. They were both ‘direct creations’ of God. With his extreme pride, he has his own agenda ‘to be as god’. And Scripture tells us that one day believers will judge the angels (both good and bad angels), so it’s entirely possible. (Note: some people think that the evil one is the brother of Jesus Christ. This is FALSE. Although he is far more powerful than humans, he is a created being. Jesus Christ is the Creator.)
- Next, he slipped in his own lie and mixed it with a little bit of truth, another trick he still uses effectively today – everyone knows that 99% truth and 1% lie is very dangerous. Would you drink a glass of water that had ‘only one drop’ of poison in it? Satan insinuated to Eve that God was being unfair by holding out on her, deliberately drawing her focus away from all the wonderful things God had given them. And, what’s more, he told her that if she ate it, ‘ye shall be as gods’. This is another big lure, still being held out to mankind today.
- Temptation complete. Now it was Eve’s choice. So what happened…?
- First, Eve listened to the lie. She wanted to make up her own mind rather than just obey God. Then she disregarded what God had said, turning away from the truth, and chose to believe the lie. This is extremely dangerous. Isn’t that exactly what we do, too? Any time we turn away from truth, we turn towards error. Being her own ‘god’ sounded pretty cool. She looked at the tree… she saw that it was good… pleasant to the eyes… something to be desired. Not for something bad, but to make one wise. That sounded reasonable, right?… So she took… and not only disobeyed God, but then turned around and ‘gave also unto her husband’. She invited Adam into her sin and encouraged him to disobey God, too. Ouch.
- Adam and Eve discovered, like all of us, and generally the hard way, that God IS trustworthy; that Satan had lied to them (just as he continues to lie to us); and that sin ALWAYS has consequences.
- The result was immediate. Adam and Eve realised what they had done. They realised they were ‘naked’ and some scholars speculate that may not just refer to clothes. Could Adam and Eve have been clothed with light | like the | Lord Jesus Christ? Could they have even lived in more than the four dimensions that we know today? Whatever it was, they knew that they had lost it… along with their innocence. They now knew the difference between good and evil all right, but this was NOT what the evil one had promised. This was not life, but death. Sin is always a choice between life and death. They realised that the snake had lied to them. They were created perfect and immortal, designed to live forever in Paradise. And God never intended for them (or us) to experience things like evil, pain, suffering, or death. While the fallen-angel-shapeshifter slipped away, gleefully congratulating himself in the success of his deception, they were left to feel guilty and ashamed. They tried to cover up what they had done. Then they hid from God. Sin ALWAYS destroys our relationship with God.
- God knew exactly what they’d done. God came seeking them, just as He still comes seeking us. You cannot hide from a God who loves you; a God who created you, and sees deep into your heart, and knows every tiny thought.
- Instead of taking responsibility for their actions and being grieved over their sin, acknowledging that they had disobeyed God and asking Him for His forgiveness, when confronted, Adam and Eve blamed each other, the snake, and then finally, God Himself. Ou-ch.
- God pronounced judgement and a curse, just as He had warned. They realised that God meant exactly what He had said. Prior to ‘The Fall’, there were no thorns, no pain, no sickness or death… in humans or animals. The evil that would invade their paradise would be the result of human evil and their choice… not from a lack of God’s goodness. Choices always have consequences. Their world was now going to be full of thorns and weeds. The ground was cursed, and it was going to be hard work to produce food. Adam and Eve lost their immortality and were evicted from their garden paradise. Pain, sickness, and ultimately physical death would follow (spiritual death had already begun).
- The serpent-shapeshifter, the ultimate ‘snake-oil salesman,’ promised them 3 things they already had, causing them to lose-lose and end up with pain, death, suffering and thorns for their trouble. They were promised immortality, ‘hidden knowledge’ that he implied God had been holding out on her, and that they would be ‘as gods.’ They already had immortality. Death only came after they disobeyed God, and mankind has been trying to get that back ever since, apart from God. They were promised knowledge. They walked with the Creator in the garden every day and could have asked Him anything they wanted. They were told they would be ‘as gods’. They were made in the very image of God. The pinnacle of God’s ‘very good’ creation.
- The shapeshifter-fallen-angel-evil-one remains our mortal enemy to this day, until he is finally vanquished by the Lord Jesus Himself, as detailed in the book of Revelation. God will create a new heavens and earth, doing away with the curse forever.
- God had to protect them from eating from another tree, the Tree of Life, and living forever in their ‘fallen’ state without any possibility of redemption, while He set about bringing about His great plan of redemption that He knew would be needed before He had even created them.
- DIY religion was never going to cut it and be able to cover their sin. God Himself provided a covering for their sin. An innocent animal was killed to cover their sin as well as give them clothes. God was teaching them that ONLY by innocent blood would sin be covered. He is the only one who is truly innocent. It was a predicament that only God Himself could rescue them (and us) from. It was a prophecy, anticipating the time in history when God Himself would become human in the form of Jesus Christ, and pay the penalty of death for their sins and ours. This is the story of the universe. Mankind’s rebellion against a Holy God. And God’s great plan of redemption. Today, He offers us ALL of us the FREE gift of repentance and forgiveness through the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the judge announcing the penalty of death and then stepping down from the bench to pay the penalty Himself. It costs us nothing. But it cost Him everything. It cost Him His Son.
- (Note: Jesus became human and died to save humans. NOT fallen angels. Or fallen angels masquerading as ‘aliens.’)
- So how should Adam and Eve have done it? How should we do it when we face our own testings and temptations? How did the Lord Jesus, as ‘the Second Adam’, endure temptation and make the right choices… Godly choices? He never played with temptation. He never bargained with it. But He hit each temptation head-on, taking every thought captive and resolutely choosing God’s way every time, by saying, “IT… IS… WRITTEN…”
Genesis 3 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, has God said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, You shall not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where are you? And he said, I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree, that I commanded you that you should not eat? And the man said, The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in sorrow you shall bring forth children; and your desire shall be to [control] your husband, and he shall rule over you. And unto Adam he said, Because you have hearkened unto the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree that I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return unto the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you are, and unto dust shall you return. And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
NOTE: Eve was deceived. Adam was not. But he loved her so much that he willingly chose to share her fate, thus ensuring her redemption.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Romans 5:12, 17 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned… For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 8:18-22 For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who has subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
1 John 1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 4:9-10 In this the love of God was shown toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…
- ‘Sin always looks attractive. It never reveals its true nature. It never tells people that it’s the way to hell. The only way to detect temptation is to walk with God’s wisdom. Those who walk with Wisdom, obeying the Word of God, will not easily be tricked.’ –Dr Chuck Missler
- ‘Temptation always includes hopeful promises; otherwise, people wouldn’t take the devil’s bait. It always sounds good. Sounds easy. It’s going to be sweet. No, it’s going to be bitter. Sin will always disappoint. Sin is always contagious. It touches more lives than you can imagine. Sin ultimately is the most expensive thing in the world.’ –Chuck Missler
- ‘If Adam and Eve had been able to look through time and see the rolling avalanche of destruction and suffering caused by that little rock kicked over the mountain, they’d have certainly never touched the fruit of the tree. They would have run and hid their faces in the folds of God’s robe. They had no concept of evil—no understanding. They only had knowledge of God’s goodness, and they allowed themselves to believe Satan’s lie over the righteousness of their Creator. We are in the same position today. We also choose—every day—whether we will trust God’s character.’ –Chuck Missler
- ‘The Bible tells us that man was created in God’s image but fell from innocence through sin. Modern psychology, on the other hand, asserts that man is inherently good and behaves badly only under the influence of social or institutional pressure.’ –Donald Grey Barnhouse
- ‘Remorse is being sorry, but repentance is being sorry enough to stop doing it. Is there something you’ve done that you know is a sin before God? Now is the time to act. You can be forgiven by the Lord Jesus today if you will ask Him.’ –Unknown*
ADAM & EVE ~ CHOICES / TEMPTATION / SIN / CONSEQUENCES ~ INFORMATION FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
How did evil enter our world? (Dr Chuck Missler) We see Sauron or Darth Vader, and we recognize that they are evil… Real life evil is trickier and hides in better clothes… But even people who desire to do good, to be kind and loving and generous—even the best of people can do evil things on occasion. We are all capable of cruelty and selfishness, impatience and destruction… Why? Why is there evil in this beautiful world? We watch the sunset over the mountains and we wonder about this. How can there be evil in a world where daisies grow wild in meadows? It doesn’t fit… We can rejoice when Charles Manson is caught, but we don’t want to deal with trouble closer to home. We don’t want to admit our own rottenness, the foulness in our own hearts… We must never forget that we are in a spiritual battlefield, and knowing how to protect ourselves and our families is so vital that Jesus included it in the prayer He taught His disciples; print off this fantastic and comprehensive article or share a snippet with your child.
The First Battle – information for kids (answersingenesis) Jesus, our Creator and King, placed the first two humans in this splendid paradise… But a great enemy—that dragon of old, that wicked serpent, Satan—invaded the garden. He spoke four slithery words to the first woman: “Did God really say…?” He invited her to join his side and leave her King behind. The woman dropped her guard and listened to the enemy. She and the first man, Adam, ate the fruit that the King had forbidden. When they ate, they turned away from the King and joined the kingdom of his enemy. You, brave knights and courageous ladies, face the same temptation…
Whose Kingdom will you Choose – information for kids (answersingenesis) Although your story begins in the Kingdom of Darkness, the King has shown you great love. He gave His life for His disobedient children. If you turn away from the Dark Kingdom and swear allegiance to Him, He promises to give you a new life in the Kingdom of Light.
Curse – Seven Cs of Gospel history – FREE article for kids (creation.com) Adam and Eve greatly enjoyed living in their lovely garden home called Eden. They had lots of delicious fruit and nuts and other nice things to eat. And lots of friendly animals as pets. Think of what it might have been like to pat a tame T. rex. But it didn’t last forever. When God created Adam, He gave him just one rule: Adam could eat anything in the garden except the fruit from one tree called the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God warned Adam that if he did this he would die. The fruit wasn’t poisonous; but death would be the penalty for disobeying… God wanted them to choose to love Him, and so He gave them a choice. The tree was a test… God still loved Adam and Eve, just as He loves you, too. So God gave them (and us) a promise in the form of a prophecy against satan. One of Eve’s descendants, the Lord Jesus Christ, would one day come and live here on Earth. He would defeat the work of satan by paying the penalty for our sin by dying on the Cross and then rising to life again. This happened about 2,000 years ago. The Bible tells us that God made clothes out of animal skins for Adam and Eve, to replace the fig-leaves they had put on when they tried to hide from Him. So at least one animal must have died—because of their sin. Finally, God put Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. This was so they would not eat from another tree there called the Tree of Life. If they had done this, they would have lived forever in their sinful state. God put an angelic guard there to stop them from ever returning. From that day on, Adam and Eve no longer had their special relationship with God. And their bodies began to die, just as ours do today…; from scientists who take the Bible seriously; also available in Indonesian; more free creation articles for kids including the rest of the Seven Cs of Gospel History that tell us of God’s master plan for history, and for us: Creation; Catastrophe; Confusion; Covenant; Christ; Consummation; all beautifully illustrated; free printable
Choices, Choices – FREE article for kids (creation.com; scroll down to ‘Choices, Choices’; or click here for the pdf) God had just one rule for Adam in the beautiful garden He had given him to be his home… God wanted Adam and Eve to choose to love and obey Him. But for this to happen, they also had to be free to disobey Him if they wanted to; from scientists who take the Bible seriously; free printable
Temptation – FREE article for kids (creation.com; scroll down to ‘Temptation’; or click here for the pdf) Adam and Eve greatly enjoyed living in the beautiful place called the Garden of Eden which God had given them to be their home. They liked eating the delicious fruit, looking after things, and playing with the animals. God had said that they could eat the fruit from any tree in the garden, except from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He had warned them that if they ate from that one, they would die. One day, Eve heard someone speaking to her… ‘Did God really say…?’; from scientists who take the Bible seriously; free printable
The Fall, a lesson never to forget – FREE article for kids (creation.com; scroll down to ‘The Fall’; or click here for the pdf) Have you ever wondered why there is so much suffering in the world, so much sickness, so much killing, so many wars? The Bible gives us the answer. It tells us that when God made Adam and Eve, they lived in a world where there was no suffering, no sickness, and no death… Then, as a test of Adam and Eve’s loyalty and love for Him, God allowed them to be tempted by satan. First of all, he cast doubt on what God had said… Then he denied that Eve would die if she did eat it. Then he told Eve that the fruit was something really nice and that God was unfair in keeping her from enjoying it… And it worked… They wanted to decide what was good and what was evil for themselves… All of us are descended from Adam, who was the head of the human race. We have all been born with an anti-God nature from Adam. And Satan’s strategy today is still the same as it was in the Garden of Eden; from scientists who take the Bible seriously; free printable
Corruption – information for kids (part 1) (answersingenesis) The Seven C’s of History (Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, Consummation) help us remember the big events which have affected—and will affect—the history of the universe. For a while, things were perfect in the Garden of Eden… Something has obviously corrupted this “very good” world into the world we see today, which is full of sickness and death; with a comic sheet to download to go with it; free printable
Corruption – information for kids (part 2) (answersingenesis) We need to remember that what we see in the world today is only a dim reflection of God’s perfect creation. The corruption that came through Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden changed God’s handiwork completely. The effects of the Curse that God placed on His creation can be seen in various ways throughout our lives. For instance, have you ever asked yourself why… those we love get sick and die… we get pricked by thorns when we try to smell a rose… we wear clothes… why our parents have to work hard to provide for us… why we don’t all live in the Garden of Eden today… as terrible as things like pain, sickness, and death are, they are not permanent…
Good enough isn’t ‘good enough’ – information for kids (answersingenesis; scroll down to ‘lesson 3’ and ‘lesson 4’) about Corruption, one of the God’s 7C’s for history; free printable
The First Foolish Choice – information for kids (answersingenesis) God, with great wisdom, created the first two people—Adam and Eve. He gave them a command to obey: Don’t eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil or you’ll die. Sadly, they thought that by disobeying God’s command, they would become wise. Adam and Eve chose the path of foolishness. God is holy (without sin); and therefore, He must punish sinners. God judged Adam and Eve and found them guilty of disobeying His commands. And He punished them as He had promised. He sent them from the Garden of Eden… They began to die. From that time on, everyone born into their family (all humans—including you and me) is born a sinner and disobeys God’s commands. We are all foolish. And we all deserve the punishment for sin: death and eternal separation from God’s goodness in a terrible place called hell. But there is good news! God had a wise plan to make a way for us to spend forever with Him; free printable
The Scarlet Thread – A Detective Thriller (Chuck Missler) We are the recipients of the ultimate “valentine”. It was written in blood on a wooden cross erected in Judea almost 2,000 years ago… It began with a declaration of war. A world war. A war of worlds, actually. When God Himself declared war on the ruler of this world: Satan. A cosmic conflict in which you and I are the prizes. He promised that mankind would be the beneficiary of an ultimate Champion… a Redeemer… in fact, a Kinsman-Redeemer. The appearance of this anticipated champion is the ultimate drama of all time. Where would this mysterious deliverer come from? The clues kept on coming. This cosmic puzzle continually gained clarity over the centuries…
The Ultimate Message (Chuck Missler) From Genesis to Revelation, Gods program for the redemption of mankind is carefully distributed throughout 66 books, penned by more than 40 different individuals spanning over a thousand years… survived the jamming and interference of its enemies over many centuries… And there are knowledgeable, resourceful adversaries that are very committed to preventing it from achieving its objective. And you are the target of their malicious designs. Lies and deceit are their primary weapons. And, surprisingly, religion has been the deceptive packaging to prevent mankind from perceiving the truth of Gods grace and mercy. Religion is man’s attempt to reconcile himself to God. It began when Adam and Eve attempted to clothe themselves to hide their nakedness. Gods response was to replace their efforts with coats of skins, teaching them that they would ultimately be covered by the shedding of innocent blood. The concept of a substitutional sacrifice, which would later be codified in the Levitical system, and climaxed at Golgotha, was introduced before they left the Garden of Eden… These 66 books – penned by over 40 authors over thousands of years – evidence an integrity that has been supernaturally engineered… The Ultimate Truth is a Person: the identity of Jesus Christ. And He is the most anti-religious person who has ever walked the Earth. Its not about religion, its about relationship. It is the most important discovery of your life – your eternal destiny depends upon it.
Footprints of the Messiah (Chuck Missler) To find the first prophecy of the Messiah in the Old Testament, one simply has to turn to the first few pages of Genesis. Immediately after the sin of our first parents is exposed, God declares His plan of redemption to Adam and Eve (and Satan)… It is strange that Genesis 3:15 refers to the “seed of the woman” rather than the seed of Adam. We know from the New Testament, though, that God had a sound reason…
The Seed of the Serpent (Chuck Missler) When God declared war on the Nachash—the “shining one” in the Garden of Eden, God mentioned two seeds. The “Seed of the Woman” [already hinting at a virgin birth] becomes one of the identifying titles of the Messiah—the One who would redeem mankind from their predicament. The “Seed of the Serpent” is also an identity…
The Two Kingdoms (Chuck Smith; scroll down) You see, in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, there was only one government in the universe, the government of God, a government of life and light. And all of the created beings in the universe were subject to that government. But one day a brilliant, beautiful creature of God with a name, “son of the morning,” Lucifer, who was perfect in beauty and perfect in wisdom and perfect in all of his ways, until iniquity was found in him, said in his heart, “I’m going to exalt my throne above the stars of God. I’m going to ascend into the mount, into the congregation, the sides of the north. I’m going to be like the Most High.” And Satan, Lucifer, rebelled against the authority of God and formed in the universe a second kingdom. A kingdom that was opposed to the first kingdom, in rebellion against the first kingdom. A kingdom of death and darkness. One day Jesus Christ will put an end to Satan’s rebellion completely. And when every anti-God foe is brought into judgement and disposed, then Jesus will present this perfect kingdom to the Father.
Genesis is the foundation of ALL Christian doctrine (answersingenesis)
- Why do we believe in marriage?
- Why do we wear clothes?
- Why are there rules—right and wrong?
- Why are we sinners—what does that mean?
- Why is there death and suffering in the world?
- How do we know that death is the penalty for sin?
- Why did there have to be a Messiah?
- Why is there to be a new heaven and a new earth?
It was NOT an apple (answersingenesis) The forbidden fruit was a real fruit, but not an apple. It was the fruit that came from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. After cartoonist Dan Lietha deliberately designed the fruit in a children’s book to NOT look like an apple, Ken Ham joked that it looked similar to a hand grenade. And indeed, God warned it would have truly devastating implications if eaten. Eve cannot blame the serpent for the cunning deception, but her own choice. So, we should learn that we too should not be deceived, and check all things against Scripture, viewing the Scriptures as our authority…
Why does God allow bad things to happen? (answersingenesis) When many believers are asked this question, they freeze, not knowing what to say. Or they weakly reply, “Well, we don’t know why bad things happen, but we need to trust God.” But those of us who start with the right foundation, God’s Word, have a solid answer that is based in the history of God’s Word… we have the answer that a hurting world needs. Next time you’re approached by a person who’s hurting due to illness, death, circumstances, or a natural disaster, point them to God’s Word. Show them how death and suffering are the punishment for [human] sin but how Jesus Christ [the Creator] provided the solution to that problem when He died on the Cross and rose again. Because of Christ, we have hope for now and eternity.
Why does God’s creation include death and suffering? (answersingenesis) Why do bad things happen? Through the ages, human beings have sought to reconcile their understanding of an all-powerful, loving God with the seemingly endless suffering around them. Is God responsible for human suffering? Is God cruel, capricious, and vindictive, or is He too weak to prevent suffering? If God truly is sovereign, how can He let someone He loves suffer? With the rebellious actions of one man, death entered God’s creation. The sad things that happen around us and to us are reminders that sin has consequences and that the world needs a Savior.
Why did God banish Adam and Eve from the Garden (creation.com) When Adam sinned, mankind became estranged from God and physical death entered the world. In this way, through one man, physical death entered the world (Romans 5:12, 17), and through Adam, death now came to all men. If Adam had eaten from the Tree of Life after he sinned, he would have lived forever, but he would have lived in a state of eternal estrangement from God. If God did not prevent Adam from eating from the Tree of Life after he had sinned, a future redemption through the physical death of one of Adam’s descendants (Jesus Christ) would not have been possible.
The First Sin (answersingenesis) …Adam and Eve and the Fall in the Garden of Eden. While this is indeed the first human sin, it is not the first recorded sin in Scripture… we often forget that the devil’s fall from grace was what set the stage for humankind’s fall… They didn’t just ignorantly decide to eat the fruit, nor did they eat it because “the devil made them do it.” Satan’s outright lies and cunning half-truths brought something to the surface of Eve’s mind that fateful day. She realized that to “be like gods” meant not having to serve God, it meant being equal to God. It meant that she felt as if God had deliberately kept her and Adam in the dark regarding their “divine potential.” Why should they tend God’s garden in Eden when they could be as gods themselves? Why should they have to obey God if they were also gods?… Mankind wants to glorify himself as God. We want to be the sole decision maker and sole authority in our life. We want nothing to do with a creator God to whom we should owe allegiance. If only we could come up with some natural explanation for everything we see around us, if only we could ignore our conscience, if only we could forget past history that clearly shows divine intervention, then we could rationalize away God and make gods of ourselves. Isn’t this exactly what we see today?
Six Hours of Eternity on the Cross (blueletterBible) Jesus, on the cross, also won back any and all claims Satan had on man or the earth… If, for example, Satan claimed to hold the title deed of the earth (having gained it because of Adam’s fall) that deed now belongs to Jesus as one of the results of His work on the cross… Satan’s destruction, too, was accomplished on the cross, outside of time. For the final outworkings in history of Satan’s we now eagerly are all waiting. What is a completed work in the eternal time frame will come to pass in human history at God’s appointed time on our earthly calendars. His unseen and invisible victory over cosmic evil on the cross is yet another reason why Jesus alone is qualified to receive from the Father all honor and power and glory…
Spiritual Warfare (original link removed, but still a great idea for our kids) TV glamorizes and trivializes the idea of spiritual warfare, but spiritual warfare is real. Satan and his followers know that the Lord Jesus has defeated them, but they are not going down without a fight and actively work to tempt as many people away from God as possible. How do we protect our children? Do not be afraid to talk about Satan and his tactics. Satan is interested in us because he hates God and therefore he hates anyone who loves God. Use Genesis 3 to discuss the tactics satan used on Eve, and that he continues to use on us. We know satan uses lies, fear, deception, exaggeration, claims of no consequences, and promises of satisfaction from disobedience to tempt us away from God. If we know his tactics, we and our children can confront them head on.
Genesis 3 – Bible commentaries for older children (blueletterBible) include a snippet in your letter or print off a whole article; tons of wonderful information here in both audio and text; and of course, my favourite is Chuck Missler.
Adam and Eve – Q&A (answersingenesis) Who were Adam and Eve? How do the latest scientific discoveries support the biblical account of Adam and Eve?… the Bible confirms the historicity of Adam and Eve. They were real people, specially created by God, and every person born is related to them. Moreover, there is nothing in scientific research that has been able to disprove the existence of Adam and Eve. Most importantly, the gospel is dependent upon an actual Adam and Eve. Both in the New Testament (Romans 5:12–14) and in the Old Testament, we see a historical Adam and Eve connected to the promised Messiah.
Answers for Kids – Teachers’ Resource Page – Q&A (answersingenesis) anwers to all those tricky questions; share a snippet or print off a whole article for your child
Lessons from The Fall (answersingenesis) Genesis 3 is one of the most important chapters in the Bible. Without it, we can’t even begin to understand the darkness that blankets the earth.
Satan and the origin of evil (answersingenesis) Who is he? Was he the serpent? Where did he come from? Why would God allow evil to continue to exist? What will become of him? The Bible is the only completely reliable source of information; share a snippet from one of these articles with your child.
The Age of Deceit – part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 (khouse) All mankind is embroiled in a war that has been raging since the dawn of time where man is both the prize and the pawn in this deadly conflict. For mankind, it all began in the Garden of Eden. Because of the deception of Adam and Eve that was brought about through their seduction by the Nachash (the Hebrew word for “shining one”), mankind was plunged into a war that they did not start; a series of short clips
Why are snakes so scary – answers for kids (answersingenesis; scroll down to ‘lesson 26’) If God created everything “very good,” then why do so many animals appear designed to attack other animals, or to defend themselves from attacks?; a two-page handout for kids; free printable
Design in the curse (answersingenesis) Deadly bacteria, poisonous snakes, killer bees—the world is filled with efficient killers. If God made a perfect world, where did all these harmful abilities come from?
ADAM & EVE ~ CHOICES / TEMPTATION / SIN / CONSEQUENCES ~ COLOURING FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Guard your heart – colouring (Paper Gifts for Estefany; scroll down to ‘Proverbs 4’) with Bible verse from Proverbs 4:23 – Guard your heart above all else for everything you do flows from it; free printable
Choices/Temptation/Sin/Consequences – colouring pages (answersingenesis) free printable
- F is for Forbidden Fruit – colouring F is for fruit God said not to take, because if you do, much trouble you’ll make. They lived in the garden God specially made and if they’d obeyed Him, they could then have stayed. Life is perfect; just one rule; Adam and Eve in the garden with a forbidden fruit sign; alternative version
- G is for Ghastly, for what happened next – colouring the larger-than-life serpent shapeshifter deceives Eve, leaning back against the tree, with his feet crossed; alternative version
- H is for How very sly he did sound – colouring Eve looks at the fruit and touches it, as the snake shapeshifter leans over her shoulder; alternative version with the serpent shapeshifter telling her, ‘Come and be wisssssse,’ and the dodo warning, ‘No, Eve! No!’ (He knows it will mean his eventual extinction.)
- I is for interested Eve did become – colouring Eve offers Adam the fruit; alternative version
- J is for Jovial as Satan must have been – colouring Adam eats the fruit with Eve looking on and the gleeful shapeshifter snake in the foreground; alternative version as the serpent consults his book of dirty tricks.
- K is for Knew – colouring Adam and Eve cover themselves with leaves to hide what they have done; the very first DIY religion; alternative version
- L is for Lord who reigns up on high – colouring Adam and Eve, in tears and clothed with animal skins, contemplate their future, wandering around lost in their new, scary world; alternative version
- M is for Moan, what a mess sin did make – colouring Adam steps on a thorn as Eve looks on; consequences – thorns, thistles and death are now part of everyday life; alternative version
- N is for Never, no more could they go back to the garden – colouring Adam and Eve are evicted from the garden and it is guarded by angels; another version
- O is for Offering, an animal was killed, because of their sin, blood had to be spilled – colouring Adam and Eve holding on to each other after God clothed them in animal skins; God teaches Adam and Eve that their sin would only be covered by innocent blood; alternative version
- P is for Plan which God always had, because He knew man would turn very bad – colouring a scroll shows God’s plan of redemption (part 1 – creation, fall, curse, water judgement, cross); alternative version
- Q is for Quiet, Adam and Eve must have been – colouring Adam and Eve reflect on God’s plan of redemption in front of a campfire (part 2 – cross, resurrection, fire judgement, new heavens and new earth, hell); alternative version
- R is for Rough, how life had become, the effects of God’s curse had really begun – colouring Adam works hard in the field with his pet dodo (an extinct bird); alternative version
- S is for Seventy and maybe lots more; imagine their family with children galore – colouring Adam and Eve surrounded by all their children (see Genesis 5:4); alternative version
- Choose Your Kingdom – colouring of two, only one is true; showing two castles
- Decide your Side – colouring 3 crosses above an empty tomb
Jesus loves me – colouring booklet (basictraining) a beautiful colouring and story book with a Gospel message, explaining the 7C’s of God’s history from creation and corruption through to the birth of Jesus and the cross; and how Adam’s and Eve’s sin relates to us today. The Bible tells us that sin leads to death. But because God loved Adam and Eve, He brought a lamb to die in their place. The lamb did not sin. The lamb did not deserve to die. God also promised Adam and Eve that He would send a Saviour to pay for the sins of the entire world, so that any one who believes in Him could be saved from their sin; 22 pages that can also be turned into a DIY activity book; send a few pages at a time to your sponsored child; or shrink some of them down and put them on the same colouring page; also available in Spanish; free printable
Adam & Eve are Tempted – 4 colouring pages (abdaacts) The Garden of Eden; Adam & Eve holding the fruit with the snake in the tree and surrounded by animals (tiger, giraffe, platypus, deer, squirrel, birds); Adam & Eve clothed with skins and receiving the first prophecy of The Messiah; cherubim angels guarding the entrance to the garden; Life after the curse – colouring (scroll down) Adam tilling the ground; Eve nearby with 2 children and animals; free printable
Adam and Eve disobey Yahweh – colouring booklet (Hiswondrousworks; scroll down to ‘Bible story coloring books’ and click on ‘Adam and Eve disobey Yahweh‘) 5 page booklet to colour; free printable
Eve reaches for the fruit – colouring (supercoloring); Eve offers Adam the fruit – colouring; Adam and Eve hide from God – colouring; free printable
Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve – colouring (Biblefunforkids; scroll down to the green image with orange header titled ‘Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve’ and click on the download link just below it) showing the garden just before the Fall with the serpent in the tree; for younger children. Scroll down a tiny bit further to find colouring pages from Sweet Publishing of the serpent in the tree; Eve handing Adam the fruit; Adam and Eve banished from the garden; free printable
Adam and Eve disobey God – colouring (sundayschoolzone) Eve hands Adam the fruit; Adam and Eve disobey God – colour by number; free printable
Man’s Choice – colouring (Christiananswers; scroll down to ‘bonus resource’ at the end of the page and click on ‘man’s choice’) Adam and Eve in garden, with the serpent in the tree behind them; God gave Adam and Eve the ability to make choices, and He gave these ancestors of all humankind an opportunity to use this ability wisely. God wanted Adam and Eve to show their respect by obeying His one command to not eat from that one tree. Everything else was theirs to enjoy; free printable
Eve offers Adam the fruit – colouring (Dover sample) as the snake in the tree watches carefully
Adam & Eve are tempted – colouring booklet (calvarycurriculumoriginal; scroll down to number 4) with a colouring page, puzzle worksheet, activity, crossword; alternative link; also available in Spanish | Spanish; free printable
Eve holds the fruit while listening to the snake – colouring (lessons4sundayschool; scroll down and click on ‘Serpent with Eve’) free printable
Adam and Eve hide from God – colouring (ministryark; scroll to the end of the post to download) free printable
Adam and Eve are tempted – colouring (pixabay); Adam and Eve hide from God – colouring; free printable
Eve listens to the snake and reaches for the fruit – colouring (sermons4kids) while Adam is distracted and standing behind her; free printable
Eve reaches for the fruit – colouring (Biblecoloringpages) free printable
The Fall of Man – 6 colouring pages (craftingthewordofGod) story sequence colouring pages; free printable
Adam & Eve – colouring (religiousdoodles) with the serpent shapeshifter curled around a branch; free printable
Eve hands Adam the fruit – colouring (coloring-nicole; scroll down) watched by the serpent in the tree; free printable
Adam and Eve look up at the fruit – colouring (Bible-printables) free printable
The serpent in the tree – colouring (honkingdonkey) free printable
Adam and Eve leave the garden – colouring (Christiananswers) as Eve weeps. Adam’s disobedience brought sin into the world and caused God to drive Adam and Eve from the paradise Garden of Eden. God placed an angel with a flaming sword at the entrance of the Garden to keep them from returning; alternative link (funnycoloring); free printable
Adam works the soil – colouring (Bible-printables.com) life after the curse; punished with hard work; free printable
Dirty Tricks – Know your enemy – colouring (Paper Gifts for Estefany) with Bible verses from Isaiah 14:12-17 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning. How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations. For thou hast said in thine heart: I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; that made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?; free printable
Dirty Tricks – Know your enemy – colouring (Paper Gifts for Estefany) a compilation of Bible verses to help us identify the dirty tricks of the evil one and all those who follow him; he is the father of lies (John 8:44); the master of deception (2 Corinthians 11:14-15); his trademark is to rob, kill, destroy (John 10:10); he is our adversary (1 Peter 5:8); and more; free printable
Snake – colouring (transformcreative) a coiled snake held down by ropes with tags on them like, Bible memory, prayer, God’s word, love, servanthood, discipleship; with Bible verse from 1 Peter 5:8 – your adversary, the devil, prowls around… seeking someone to devour… but resist him, firm in your faith; free printable
Sin is ugly – colouring pages (Bibleparent) understand how beautiful God is and how ugly sin is; plus mirror images to colour and hold up to a mirror; free printable
Snake – colouring (Dover sample) on black background
The Fall – colouring booklet (calvarycurriculumrevised; click on ‘Genesis’ and scroll down to OT006) Eve is beguiled by the fruit with the serpent behind her; Adam & Eve are banished from the garden; 11 pages of fun for kids – colouring page, worksheet, word search, maze, crossword; members only
Jazz up your colouring pages combine or shrink colouring pages; add a border, a title, a Bible verse, and some clip art to make your colouring pages more interesting with this easy tutorial.
ADAM & EVE ~ CHOICES / TEMPTATION / SIN / CONSEQUENCES ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
The Beginning of Bad – hidden picture puzzle (answersingenesis) Adam and Eve are tempted by the snake; find 13 hidden objects in this busy picture, then colour it; free printable
The First Sin – crossword (truthforkids; click on ‘Adam – sin’) fit the 11 underlined words into the crossword; God created man and put him in a beautiful garden called Eden. The first man’s name was Adam. God then created a wife for Adam, and Adam called her Eve. Adam and Eve were created perfect, without sin. God gave Adam and Eve the ability to make choices; they could think about things and decide what they wanted to do. Sadly, Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. They did something that God had told them not to do. Because they disobeyed God, sin and death came into the world. But because God loves us, He sent His Son Jesus to earth to show us His love and to save us from sin; free printable
Do you know your Bible – quiz sheet for kids (answersingenesis; scroll down to the end of the page to download the pdf) In Genesis, God cursed the earth with something His Son Jesus later wore on the cross… what is it? Plus a word search (12 words); free printable
Temptation | Choices | The Fall – crosswords for kids (creation.com) 3 crosswords – Temptation, Choices, The Fall – 30 clues each; free printable
Whose Kingdom will you choose – easy maze (answersingenesis) Although your journey begins in the Kingdom of Darkness, the King has shown you great love. He gave His life for Hisdisobedient children. If you turn away from the Dark Kingdom and swear allegiance to Him, He promises to give you a new life in the Kingdom of Light. Follow this map to discover a treasure far better than any gold or silver.
Do you know when compromise began? – puzzle sheet for kids (answersingenesis; scroll down to the end of the page to download the pdf) Today, many people choose to reject the Word of God in favour of their own opinions. This isn’t an original idea. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were the very first to compromise. They chose to believe the words of someone other than God. When Adam ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, he deliberately chose to disobey God’s word. His compromise resulted in death—for us all. When we’re tempted to doubt the plain teaching of Scripture because of someone else’s opinion, keep in mind that God’s Word is perfect. He expects us to follow His commands and trust what He says—without compromise. Safely make your way through the maze to the solid rock of God’s Word, without falling into any of the pits – the tar pit of foolish thinking, quicksand of man’s wisdom, trust-in-man bog, pit of unbelief, and the swamp of compromise; alternative link (scroll down to ‘lesson 19’); free printable
Corruption – puzzle sheet for kids (answersingenesis; scroll to the end of the page to download the pdf) Does the Bible say the forbidden fruit was an apple? (Answer: It was a real fruit, but NOT an apple); Who said what? – match the quotes from Genesis; what about fossil thorns?; alternative link (scroll down to ‘lesson 4’); free printable
Temptation in the Garden – maze (sermons4kids); Temptation in the Garden – word search 20 words; Temptation in the Garden – crossword 8 clues from a word bank; Temptation in the Garden – fill in the blanks 10 words from a word bank; Temptation in the Garden – multiple choice 8 questions; Temptation in the Garden – word jumble unscramble the 5 words to reveal the secret word; free printable
Garden of Eden – maze (Biblepuzzles) a maze shaped of a man and a woman holding hands; help Adam and Eve find their way out of the garden; free printable
The Serpent in the Garden – word search (Biblepuzzles) 36 words; free printable
Adam and Eve disobey God – find 12 differences (sundayschoolzone); Tree – maze; Adam and Eve disobey God – match puzzle; Adam and Eve disobey God – coded puzzle; Adam and Eve disobey God – jigsaw puzzle; free printable
Adam and Eve are tempted – 325 puzzle / colouring booklets for Kids (calvarycurriculumoriginal; scroll down to number 4) each worksheet is about 7 pages and has one colouring page and several puzzle pages, including word searches, fill-in-blanks, crosswords, true or false, circle correct words, mazes; alternative link; also available in Spanish | Spanish; free printable
Adam & Eve – worksheet (religiousdoodles) draw or write your own notes; a great way to recap the story; free printable
The 7 C’s of History – puzzle (answersingenesis) put the 7 historical events in the correct order; free printable
Uncovering Bible Treasure – puzzle/activity booklet (truthforkids) 61 pages of fun finding gems from the Bible covering a wide range of topics and how they related to your child, from creation, sin, Jesus, steps to salvation, spiritual armour, fruit of the Spirit, Jesus is coming again, and more; free printable
God’s Garden – puzzle/activity booklet (truthforkids; scroll down and click on ‘printable activities’) 29 page activity booklet that goes with a 55 page book about a journey through God’s Garden. The journey starts in the Garden of Eden and ends in God’s perfect heaven. It is a Gospel narrative, a story of discovery that brings out important Bible truths. In the story, two children interact with parts of scripture that refer to nature, and as they meander through the garden, they they discover some key doctrines of faith. Excerpt from the chapter, ‘Trouble in the Garden’. Jay and Mia were chatting about the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. “What kind of fruit do you think it was?” Jay asked. “An apple, of course,” Mia answered. But when Jay checked his Bible, he noticed that it didn’t actually say what fruit it was. “All it says here is that the fruit looked delicious,” Jay pointed out, and that got them talking about their favorite fruit. Meanwhile, it was another beautiful day in Eden. Adam and Eve were walking near the middle of the garden where the forbidden tree was planted. Mia wanted to shout to them, “Get away from there! Remember what God said!” But her words got stuck inside, and she nervously watched them stop and look at the tree; both the book and the activity booklet are free printable
Adam and Eve – word search (Christiananswers; press CTRL+P to print) 48 words to find in the shape of a tree; God created a wonderful paradise for mankind. But Adam and Eve didn’t obey God, bringing sin into the world. Sin destroyed God’s wonderful creation. Find all the words that are hidden in the tree, taken from the first three chapters of Genesis; The Fall – quiz (click on ‘quiz – pdf’) 6 questions; Adam and Eve’s Exile from the Garden of Eden – quiz (scroll down and click on ‘quiz – pdf’) 6 questions; Fall – multiple choice quiz (press CTRL+P to print) 10 clues; Genesis Review – crossword 20 words; free printable
The Fall of Man – quiz (dantheanimalman; click on ‘The Fall of Man’) look up the Bible verses and fill in your answers; free printable
Apple Core – writing template (museprintables) free printable
Snake – dot to dot (supercoloring) curled around a branch; no numbers; free printable
The Fall – puzzle booklet (calvarycurriculumrevised; click on ‘Genesis’ and scroll down to OT006) Eve beguiled by the fruit with the serpent behind her; Adam & Eve are banished from the garden; 11 pages of fun for kids – worksheet, word search, maze, crossword; members only
DIY Puzzles Feeling creative? Choose from several puzzle styles and use words your child will know to create personal puzzles or a DIY Activity Book just for them… wherever your creativity leads you.
ADAM & EVE ~ CHOICES / TEMPTATION / SIN / CONSEQUENCES ~ CRAFTS / ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Eve is tempted by the serpent – 3D picture craft (mylittlehouse; click on ‘in the beginning’) the snake approaches Eve while Adam is busy with an elephant; free printable
Sin enters Paradise – paper craft (auntiesBiblelessons) cut, colour and assemble the Romans 6:23 Bible verse over the piece of fruit; cover Adam and Eve with animal skins then draw a picture that represents how the LORD God provides as a covering for us through the cross; they are also available without text (kidsBible) so you can add the Bible verse in your child’s own language; free printable
Apple Cupcakes with a bite out of them – cooking activity for kids (churchhousecollection) make – or get your children to make – your favourite cupcakes; cover them in frosting then roll in green sprinkles or whatever colour you want your fruit to be (the less they look like an apple the better); add a chocolate wafer stick or pretzel for the stem; decorate with mint leaves. Use a small kids’ fork to scoop out a bite, then add three brown chocolate sprinkles for seeds. A fun activity for your homeschool or Sunday school class.
Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve – paper craft (Biblefunforkids; scroll down to the paragraph starting with, ‘this week I used a simple project’ and click on the link in that paragraph) showing the Garden of Eden just before the Fall, with the serpent in the tree; students can add their own stickers of flowers and animals; Adam and Eve can be put on a craft stick, or cut and glued; in colour or to colour; free printable
Adam and Eve / The Fall – printables (Biblefunforkids; scroll down) a tree to make, with lift-the-flap review questions on the top and answers underneath (or write your own) then add your own stickers; in colour or to colour; also available in Spanish; Fall worksheet with 5 multiple choice questions in pictures where students circle the correct picture; lapbook printables; cut and glue worksheet; Bible memory verse poster and wallet cards (6 per page); free printable
Adam and Eve in the Garden – worksheets (Biblefunforkids) 41 pages of worksheets with a lesson, scriptures, fill-in-the-blank worksheet, review the facts cards, word wall labels, discussion starter worksheets, stand-up displays, one-page foldable booklet, maze, crossword puzzle, word search, word scramble; free printable
Adam and Eve’s life – worksheets (Biblefunforkids) free printable
Creation to Jesus Christ – pocket facts craft (Biblefunforkids; scroll down to the link under the ‘Creation to Jesus Christ’ image) make a cute jeans style pocket and cut out things to put in it to learn about the 7C’s of God’s plan for history – creation, corruption, catastrophe, confusion, Christ, consummation, complete; free printable
Dark Heart – paper craft and lesson ideas (faithsprouts) Sin is a heavy topic to teach little ones, but if they are old enough to understand obedience and disobedience, they are old enough to understand sin. As you will see in this lesson, it is important to reassure our preschoolers about God’s love for them, as we teach them that they are sinners. God loves us all the time, even when we have sinned and disobeyed. Adam and Eve had to leave the garden, because God said that was the consequence for their sin. God was sad that Adam and Eve disobeyed Him, but He was not mad at them. He still loved them, and promised them a Savior.
Adam and Eve – paper dolls (craftingthewordofGod) to cut out, colour and make, complete with fig leaves and animal skins; free printable
Adam and Eve – lesson ideas for kids (street.ns.ca) The lessons deal with the condition of humanity. They will teach the children why our fallen world needs Jesus and His redemptive work on the cross. The lessons are called “Time Machine Days” because the puppet characters will be travelling through time so that they can witness the biblical event. This will give the audience a chance to “be there” and to experience the story.
Adam and Eve – decorate your classroom (Biblefunforkids; scroll down) a fun dress-up idea, create your own puppet show or skit, or decorate your classroom and scale to your preferred size; Adam, Eve, a pot plant as the tree, and the serpent; use an enlarged colouring page as a background
The Fall – activity booklet for kids (truewaykids; scroll to the end of the post to download) spiral snake craft, snakes and ladders board game, activities, puzzles, colouring pages; Eve with the snake; Eve gives the fruit to Adam as the snake looks on; Adam and Eve realize what they’ve done; also available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, and more; free printable
The Fall of Man – lesson ideas for kids (childrenschurch)
Recognizing Satan’s Lies – crafts and activities for kids (daniellesplace) use a snake puppet and a piece of paper fruit with a lie that Satan often tells children written on it. The child (or teacher) reads the fruit and decides if it is a lie. The child should say whether or not Satan has ever told him the lie. Explain why it is a lie and look up the Bible verse relating to the lie; plus ideas for a puppet stage using a cereal box; crafts; exploding snake activity; Bible verse review game; templates for purchase
- Snake Crafts
Snake – finger puppet (craftingthewordofGod) to cut out, colour and make; free printable
Snake – paper bag puppets (Biblefunforkids); Spiral snake – template; Tree – 3D paper craft; free printable
Snake – finger puppets (mrprintables) 4 brightly coloured designs plus a blank template; free printable
Snake – spiral paper craft (firstpalette) cut and colour activity from a round piece of paper; free printable
Snake – spiral paper craft (minieco) cut and colour activity from a round piece of paper; free printable
Snake – spiral paper craft (123homeschool4me) using a round piece of paper or a paper plate
Snake – 3D paper craft (canon) moving paper toy; free printable
Snake – spiral paper craft (krokotak) cut and colour activity from a round piece of paper; free printable
Snake – sock puppet to make (amysfreeideas) using a sock, a shoebox and your arm to help tell the story of Adam and Eve
Snake – mask for kids (itsybitsyfun) for an Adam and Eve skit or for dress-up; in colour or to colour; free printable
Snake – mask for kids (supercoloring); Snake – mask for kids; in colour or to colour; free printable
Snake – template (patternuniverse) to cut out and use for crafts; free printable
ADAM & EVE ~ CHOICES / TEMPTATION / SIN / CONSEQUENCES ~ PAPER GIFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Know your enemy – FREE Bible poster (Paper Gifts for Estefany) a compilation of Bible verses to help us identify the dirty tricks of the evil one and all those who follow him; he is the father of lies (John 8:44); the master of deception (2 Corinthians 11:14-15); his trademark is to rob, kill, destroy (John 10:10); the adversary (1 Peter 5:8); and more; free printable
7 C’s of history – FREE poster for kids (answersingenesis) free printable
The Temptation – poster (fluidicice; scroll down to ‘the temptation’) Adam, Eve, the snake wrapped around the tree in brown/beige tones with Bible verse from Genesis 3; free printable
Adam and Eve – posters (unfoldingword/sweetpublishing) hand drawn illustrations; free printable
The Guardrail – cartoon (joyfultoons) God’s commands are not a fence to confine us, but a guardrail to protect us; God had only ever given Adam and Eve good things. He is not out to ‘spoil’ our fun, but wants us to pursue life, and to avoid those things that will destroy us. He is the perfect Father. His desire is to protect us, just as we would want to protect a toddler from hurting themselves; a fantastic cartoon to share with our kids; see my separate post for more of Mike’s fantastic cartoons that I did up as posters for my children; free printable
Good enough isn’t ‘good enough’ – cartoon (answersingenesis; scroll down to ‘Lesson 3’) one-page cartoon showing two boys playing basketball and having a chat about heaven; free printable
Adam and Eve – mini booklet (sundayschoolcrafts; scroll down) a cute one-page story booklet for younger children; free printable
What happened to Creation? – DIY booklet for kids (page 1) (answersingenesis; press ‘CTRL+P’ to print each page and make up your own booklet) Why? Why do our pets die? Why do bad things happen? Why do people get sick? Why is it so easy to disobey? Why do terrible storms kill people? Why do people die? Well, the Bible tells us that it wasn’t meant to be this way; The Result of Sin is Death (page 2); Here is the great news (page 3) with a Gospel invitation at the end; free printable
Jesus loves me – cartoon booklet (basictraining) a beautiful story book with a Gospel message, explaining the 7C’s of God’s history from creation and corruption through to Christmas and the cross; and how Adam’s and Eve’s sin relates to us today; The Bible says that sin leads to death. But because God loved Adam and Eve He brought a lamb to die in their place. The lamb did not sin. The lamb did not deserve to die. God also promised Adam and Eve that He would send a Saviour to pay for the sins of the entire world, so that any one who believes in Him could be saved from their sin; 22 pages that can also be turned into a DIY activity book or sent a few pages at a time to your sponsored child; in colour or to colour; free printable
The start of man’s sadness – cartoon booklet (Bibleforchildren; number 2) with 24 pages or 2 pages; in colour or to colour; and if you click on ‘other languages’ you can find them in Spanish; French; Portuguese; Tagalog; Hindi; Kinyarwanda; Swahili; Amharic; and more; free printable
Adam and Eve: Don’t touch that tree – booklet to make (lambsongs; scroll down to ‘pdf’ and click on ‘booklet’ and ‘cover’) in colour or to colour; free printable
Adam and Eve in the Garden – booklet (ebibleteacher) the story of Adam and Eve, the serpent and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in stick figures that have been coloured in; free printable
nextmanga – comic book Bible (for purchase) The story of the universe in manga form. A comic book Bible series that keeps kids/teens (and adults) riveted. Book 1 (Mutiny) tells the story starting from creation in Genesis 1 and up to time of the Exodus from Egypt (somewhere around Exodus 15). And I love how they have added a few extra frames of background history to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the true villain of history. The top angel (a created being like us who has the ability to ‘shape-shift’) rebels against the Creator; becomes God’s arch enemy; is kicked out of Heaven and arrives on Earth to create mischief, mayhem and havoc with (as he sneers) ‘God’s favoured ones’ – humans. To rob, kill and destroy. Buy and send a few pages at a time. It’s also an excellent gift idea for a sponsor visit. My kids loved these. Monica told us that it was her favourite book.
ADAM & EVE ~ CHOICES / TEMPTATION / SIN / CONSEQUENCES ~ MORE CREATIVE IDEAS FOR KIDS
Found a suitable image for this theme that your child will love? Add a Bible verse (e.g. about God’s great love and mercy and how He has provided the payment of death for our sin and rebellion against Him; and now invites each one of us to accept it) and make your own:
Bible poster / verse card
Bible bookmark ~ add your child’s name
Bible note cards / notepaper ~ use the same tutorial, but just space out your initial four rectangles.
Bible wallet cards
Stationery with Bible verse
DIY puzzles specifically suited to your child. Choose from several puzzle styles and use words your child will know to create a personal puzzle just for them… wherever your creativity leads you.
Jazz up your envelopes if you are including any special treats like stickers for your homeschool or Sunday school class; sticker sheets are fine for your sponsored child
Heaven – and how to get there ~ don’t leave Earth without it ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas
The Amazing Scarlet Worm Have you heard the amazing story about the scarlet (or crimson) worm? This tiny insect is an amazing picture of our Lord Jesus Christ, our Kinsman-Redeemer and Meshiach Nagid (the Messiah The King)…
Creation ~ In the beginning… GOD
Creation Day 6 – Adam is created and names the animals
Creation – FREE Bible bookmarks to colour
Timeline of History We’ve got the big picture of history straight from the Creator; let’s share it with our kids.
And when you write to your sponsored child, don’t forget to them about our awesome Creator, His great mercy, and the love He has for them and the special plan that He has for their life, that they have been specifically created for and only they can do…
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