One of life’s biggest questions… If there is a good God, why is there so much suffering and death? 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 kids. 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. 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 trees there? 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 on 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 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 everyday. Eve was tripped up by just one seemingly innocent question… 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, he may say to us today. It may even seem to be something that ‘feels so good’ or ‘feels so right’. But the end result is disobedience to God. And death. Rob, kill and destroy. That is the trademark of the Evil One. He ultimately wants to destroy all of us and destroy our relationship with God and with each other. That is always the agenda of evil.
- The Evil One set her up, by drawing Eve’s attention to the forbidden object and casts doubt on what God had said. ‘Did God really say…’
- Next, he cast doubt on God’s Word and 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. He 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, 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, so it’s entirely possible.
- Next, he slipped in his own lie and mixed it with a little bit of truth. Another trick he still uses effectively today. (Even 99% truth and 1% lie is very dangerous.Would you drink a glass of water that had ‘only one’ drop of arsenic in it?) Satan insinuated that God was being unfair by holding out on her, deliberately drawing her focus away from all the other wonderful things God had given them. And, what’s more, he told her, that if Eve 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. Any time we turn away from truth, we turn towards error. Isn’t that exactly what we do, too? Being her own god sounded pretty good. 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 sounds 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. We’re all guilty.)
- Adam and Eve discovered, like all of us – and generally the hard way – that God IS trustworthy; 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. They were created perfect and immortal, designed to live forever; and God never intended for them (or us) to experience things like evil, pain, suffering or death. 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 he had promised. This was not life, but death. They realised that the snake had lied to them. While he slipped away gleeful and 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, 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, pain, 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. 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) – before God Himself provided a covering for their sin. An innocent animal was killed to provide them clothes. DIY religion was never going to cut it. He was teaching them that ONLY by innocent blood would sin be covered. It was a prophecy, anticipating the time in history when God Himself would become man and pay the penalty of death for our sin. Today, He offers us the FREE gift of repentance and forgiveness through the Lord Jesus Christ. It costs us nothing. But it was going to cost Him everything. It was going to cost Him His Son. It was a predicament that only God Himself could rescue them – and us – from. He is the judge announcing the penalty of death and then stepping down from the bench to pay the penalty Himself.
- So how should Adam and Eve have done it? How should we do it when we face our own temptations? How did the Lord Jesus as ‘the Second Adam’ endure temptation and make the right choices… Godly choices? He never bargained with temptation, but hit each temptation head-on, taking every thought captive and resolutely choosing God’s way every time by saying, “IT. IS. WRITTEN…”
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. Genesis 3
For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 1 Timothy 2:13-14
THINK SPOT: Eve was deceived; Adam was not; but he loved her so much that he willingly chose to share her fate, thus ensuring her redemption.
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. Romans 5:12, 17
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
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. Romans 8:18-22
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. 1 John 4:9-10
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. John 3:16
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 1:8-9
- ‘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.’ Dr Chuck Missler
- “When you say there’s too much evil in this world you assume there’s good. When you assume there’s good, you assume there’s such a thing as a moral law on the basis of which to differentiate between good and evil. But if you assume a moral law, you must posit a moral Law Giver, but that’s Who you’re trying to disprove and not prove. Because if there’s no moral Law Giver, there’s no moral law. If there’s no moral law, there’s no good. If there’s no good, there’s no evil. What is your question?” Ravi Zacharias
- “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…” Dr Chuck Missler
- ‘Remorse is being sorry for something, 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 Jesus today if you will ask Him.’ Greg Laurie*
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
Genesis is the foundation of ALL Christian doctrine (Answers in Genesis)
- 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?
The Scarlet Thread – Detective Thriller (Dr 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 (Dr 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 man-kind 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 super-naturally 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 (Dr 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…
Curse – Seven Cs of Gospel history – FREE article for kids (creation.com) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; 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; also available in Indonesian; more free creation articles for kids here including the rest of the Seven Cs of Gospel History that tell us of God’s plan for the world and for us: Creation; Catastrophe; Confusion; Covenant; Christ; Consummation; all beautifully illustrated; free printable
Choices, Choices – FREE article for kids (creation.com; scroll down) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; 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; pdf; free printable
Temptation – FREE article for kids (creation.com; scroll down) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; 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 some one speaking to her… ‘Did God really say?’; pdf; free printable
The Fall – a lesson never to forget – FREE article for kids (creation.com; scroll down) from scientists who take the Bible seriously; 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…; pdf; free printable
The First Battle – Info for Kids (answersingenesis) 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 – Info 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.
Corruption – Info 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 – Info 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…
The First Foolish Choice – Info 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
How can I believe God exists with so much evil in the world? (rzim) When one asserts that there is such a thing as evil, one must assume there is such a thing as good. When one assumes there is such a thing as good, he or she must also assume there is an objective moral law by which to distinguish between good and evil. When you assume an objective moral law, you must posit a moral lawgiver—the source of the moral law. But, of course, this moral lawgiver is precisely who atheists wish to disprove…
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? (Answers in Genesis) 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.
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 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, 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.
The Seed of the Serpent (Dr 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…
Why are snakes so scary – answers for kids (Answers in Genesis; 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 fun handout for kids; free printable
Satan and the origin of evil (Answers in Genesis) 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; or share a snippet from one of these articles with your child
Design in the Curse (Answers in Genesis) 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?
Good enough isn’t good enough – info for kids (Answers for Genesis; scroll down to ‘Lesson 3’) about Corruption, one of the God’s 7C’s for history; free printable
No where in Scripture does it say that it was an apple (Answers in Genesis) 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…
Turn the story of Adam and Eve into an opportunity (rotation.org) …to talk about our sin, how God responds, and our relationship with God. When we focus on GOD in the story, we come to understand that God already knew they (we) had sinned when he came looking for them in the evening breeze, calling their (our) names, giving us the opportunity to step forward. God knows where we are and what we’ve done. This shifts the story towards God’s response to our sin, and what we are supposed to do after we sin. God sticks with us even when we try to hide, and goes with us even as we lead difficult lives brought on by our sin.
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 Dr Chuck Missler.
ADAM & EVE ~ CHOICES / TEMPTATION / SIN / CONSEQUENCES ~ COLOURING FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
The Fall – colouring booklet (Calvary Curriculum Revised; 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; free printable
Choices/Temptation/Sin/Consequences – colouring (Answers in Genesis); with alphabetical poems for kids of all ages; all 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; another version
- G is for Ghastly, for what happened next – colouring the larger-than-life serpent deceives Eve, leaning back against the tree, with his feet crossed; another version Eve is mesmerised.
- H is for How very sly he did sound – colouring Eve looks at the fruit and touches it, with the snake leaning over her shoulder; another version with the serpent 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; another version
- J is for Jovial as Satan must have been – colouring Adam eats the fruit with Eve looking on and the snake in the foreground; another version with the serpent consulting 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; another version
- L is for Lord who reigns up on high – colouring Adam and Eve (in tears), contemplating the future and clothed with animal skins wandering around lost in their new scary world; another version
- M is for Moan, what a mess sin did make – colouring Adam steps on a thorn, with Eve looking on; consequences – thorns, thistles and death are now part of everyday life; another 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; another version
- P is for Plan, which God always had because He knew man would turn very bad – colouring Earth globe (astronaut view) and scroll showing God’s plan of redemption (first half – creation, fall, curse, water judgement, cross); another version
- Q is for Quiet, Adam and Eve must have been – colouring Adam and Eve reflect on God’s plan of redemption before a campfire (second half – cross, resurrection, fire judgement, new heavens and new earth, hell); another 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 (extinct bird); another 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); another version
- Choose Your Kingdom – colouring of two, only one is true; showing two castles
- Stained Glass Castle – colouring
- Decide your side – colouring 3 crosses above an empty tomb
Jesus loves me – colouring book (BasicTraining.org) a beautiful colouring and 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 (or shrink some of them down and put them on the same colouring page); 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 guarding gateway; free printable
Man’s Choice – colouring (Christian Answers; scroll down 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 just that one tree. Everything else was theirs to enjoy; free printable
Adam & Eve are tempted – colouring booklet (Calvary Curriculum-original; scroll down to number 4) 7 pages – including a colouring page, fun worksheet, activity, crossword; also available in Spanish (scroll down to Bible Story 4); free printable
Eve listening to the snake and reaching for the fruit – colouring (sermons4kids) while Adam is distracted and standing behind her; free printable
Adam & Eve with the snake in the background (sundayschoolresources; click on ‘Adam & Eve coloring sheet’) free printable
Eve offers Adam the fruit – colouring (Dover sample) with the snake in the tree
Adam and Eve – colouring (whatsintheBible) serpent curled around a branch and talking to Adam and Eve; Adam and Eve in the garden – colouring with snake lurking in the background and the words ‘what’s in the Bible’; free printable
The serpent in the tree – colouring (honkingdonkey) free printable
Adam and Eve look up at the fruit – colouring (bible-printables.com) free printable
Eve reaches for the fruit – colouring (biblecoloringpages) free printable
Eve holding the fruit and listening to the snake – colouring (lessons4sundayschool; click on ‘Serpent with Eve’) free printable
Eve hands Adam the fruit – colouring (coloring-nicole; scroll down) watched by the serpent in the tree; free printable
Adam and Eve – mini colouring book (gospelhall; search for ‘103’) 8 page mini booklet telling the story of Adam and Eve taking the forbidden fruit and being expelled from the Garden of Eden; free printable
The Fall of Man – 6 colouring pages (craftingthewordofGod) free printable
Adam & Eve – colouring (religiousdoodles) with serpent curled around a branch; free printable
Adam & Eve are tempted – colouring booklet (Calvary Curriculum-younger children; scroll down to number 3) 5 pages; free printable
Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve – colouring (Biblefunforkids; scroll down and click on ‘Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve’ green image with orange header) 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 leave the Garden – colouring (whatsintheBible) thorns are now a part of everyday life; free printable
Adam and Eve leave the garden – colouring (Christian Answers) with Eve weeping; 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; free printable
Adam and Eve are banished from the garden – colouring (biblecoloringpages.org) free printable
Adam works the soil – colouring (bible-printables.com) life after the curse; punished with hard work; Adam tilling the soil with Eve looking on; free printable
Life after the curse – colouring (abdaacts; scroll down) Adam tilling the ground; Eve nearby with 2 children and animals; free printable
Guard your heart – colouring (Paper Gifts for Estefany) featuring Bible verse from Proverbs 4:23 – Guard your heart above all else for everything you do flows from it; an important reminder for (us and) our children; free printable
Sin is ugly – colouring pages (Biblehome) understand how beautiful God is and how ugly sin is; plus mirror images to colour and hold up to a mirror; free printable
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 ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
The Fall- colouring / puzzle booklet (Calvary Curriculum Revised; 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; free printable
Whose Kingdom will you choose – maze for kids (Answers in Genesis) 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.
Corruption – quiz sheet for kids (Answers in Genesis; scroll down) Does the Bible say the forbidden fruit was an apple? (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
Do you know when compromise began – quiz sheet for kids (Answers in Genesis; scroll down) 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 – 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
Do you know your Bible – quiz sheet for kids (Answers in Genesis; scroll down) In Genesis, God cursed the earth with something His Son, Jesus, later wore on the cross… what is it? Plus a word search; free printable
Temptation / Choices / The Fall – 3 crosswords for kids (creation.com) 30 clues each; free printable
Adam and Eve are tempted – 325 puzzle / colouring booklets for Kids (Calvary Curriculum Original; 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; also available in Spanish (scroll down to number 4) free printable
Adam and Eve – puzzle worksheets (Gospel Hall; search for ‘103’, ‘Adam’ or click on these direct links) puzzle pack (pdf) crossword, word find, cryptogram, Fallen quotes and word scramble; Garden of Eden – jigsaw puzzle game (pdf) using terms and names from the story, students match pieces together using clues written on the edge of each piece; free printable
Genesis crossword (ChristianAnswers) 20 words; Adam and Eve – word search (press CTRL + P to save page as pdf) in the shape of a tree; 48 words; 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; Fall – multiple choice quiz (press CTRL + P to print); free printable
Temptation in the Garden – fruit shaped maze (sermons4kids); 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; Temptation in the Garden – Word Search 20 words; free printable
Adam and Eve – word search (Biblepuzzles) in the shape of a piece of fruit; 16 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
Genesis 3:15 – scrapbook page (pdf; heartofwisdom) Trace over the Bible verse to help your child remember it; with a simple explanation of the Hebrew word for ‘enmity’; free printable
Adam & Eve are tempted – colouring / puzzle booklet (Calvary Curriculum – Younger Children; scroll down to number 3) 5 pages; free printable
Garden of Eden – maze (sundayschoolresources; scroll down and click on ‘Garden of Eden Maze’) a shaped maze of a man and a woman holding hands; Adam & Eve must leave the Garden of Eden, help them find their way out; free printable
Adam & Eve – worksheet (religiousdoodles) in a doodle style, with room to add your own notes; free printable
Design Your Own 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 ~ CRAFTS / ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Eve being tempted by the serpent – 3D picture craft (mylittlehouse) the snake approaches Eve while Adam is busy with the elephant; free printable
Sin Enters Paradise – craft worksheets for kids (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; worksheet templates without text are also available so you can add the Bible verse in your child’s own language; free printable
Adam, Eve & the snake – standing craft (sundayschoolresources) with fig leaves and animals skins to make, colour and play with; free printable
Adam and Eve – paper dolls (craftingthewordofGod) to cut out, colour and make (B&W Template) complete with fig leaves and animal skins; Snake – finger puppet to cut out, colour and make; free printable
Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve – craft (Biblefunforkids; scroll down and click on the green ‘Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden’ image with orange header) 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 & glued; in colour or to colour; super cute for younger children; 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 kids can write their own) then add their 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
Creation to Jesus Christ – Pocket Facts Craft (Biblefunforkids; scroll down) 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
Adam and Eve – Decorate your classroom (Biblefunforkids; scroll down) a fun idea for your classroom with Adam, Eve, the tree and the serpent (and it could be scaled to any size to suit)
Recognizing Satan’s Lies – Activities, Crafts and Lesson Ideas for kids (Danielle’s Place) using 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; items available for purchase
Adam and Eve – stick puppets to create your own puppet show or skit using a colouring page as a background; the puppets and clothes could also be adapted for paper or card
Apple Cupcakes with a bite out of them – fun cooking activity for kids Make or get your kids 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 sprinkles for seeds. A fun activity for your homeschool or Sunday school class
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden – trace over + drawing grid (colormountain; scroll down) here’s a different one; free printable
The Fall of Man (childrenschurch) links and Sunday school ideas
Snake – mask for kids (itsybitsyfun) in colour or to colour; great idea for an Adam and Eve skit; free printable
Snake – finger puppet (mrprintables) 4 brightly coloured designs plus a blank template; free printable
Spiral paper snake – craft (First Palette) cut and colour activity from a round piece of paper; free printable
Spiral paper snake – craft (minieco) cut and colour activity from a round piece of paper; free printable
Spiral paper snake – craft (krokotak) cut and colour activity from a round piece of paper; free printable
Snake – sock puppet to make (amysfreeideas) using a shoebox and your arm to help tell the story of Adam and Eve
ADAM & EVE ~ CHOICES / TEMPTATION / SIN ~ POSTERS / PAPER GIFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
The Guardrail – cartoon (Joyful Toons) 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 kids; free printable
7 C’s of history – poster for kids (Answers in Genesis) free printable
What happened to Creation? – cartoon for kids (Answers in Genesis) 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
Good enough isn’t good enough – cartoon (Answers for Genesis; scroll down to ‘Lesson 3’) two boys playing basketball while having a chat about heaven; free printable
Adam and Eve – posters (Sweet Publishing) hand drawn illustrations; free printable
Jesus loves me – cartoon booklet (basictraining.org; click on ‘download’ next to ‘evangelistic visual aid’) 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; free printable
The start of man’s sadness – cartoon booklet (Bibleforchildren; click on number 2) in colour or to colour (CB); big (story – 24 pages) or small (tract – 2 page); in very bright primary colours; and if you click on the ‘other languages’ box at the top of the page, the other languages menu will drop down, including Spanish; French; Portuguese; Tagalog; Hindi; Kinyarwanda; Swahili; Amharic; and many more; free printable
Adam and Eve – Mini Booklet (Sundayschoolcrafts; scroll down) cute one-page story book for younger children; 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
Adam and Eve – Don’t touch that tree – booklet to make (Lambsongs; scroll down) in colour or to colour; 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 ~ MORE CREATIVE IDEAS FOR KIDS
Found a suitable image for this theme that you just know 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 or Verse Card
Bible Bookmark ~ add your child’s name
Bible Note Cards / Bible Notepaper ~ use the same tutorial, but just space out your initial four rectangles.
Bible Wallet Cards
Stationery with Bible verse
Bible Board Game
Bible Puzzle 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.
Don’t forget to 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
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…
Heaven – and how to get there ~ don’t leave Earth without it ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas
Not good – just forgiven God doesn’t want our grubby efforts of goodness! His pass mark is 100%. None of us are ‘good enough’. There is only ONE person who ever got 100%. And that is God Himself… the Lord Jesus.
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)…
Timeline of history We’ve got the big picture of history straight from the Creator; let’s share it with our kids.
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