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“You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden-except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2:16 (NLT)

When trials collide with our lives, it always seems to produce the question of why. Why did this have to happen? Why is there pain? Why is there turmoil? Why is there death?

There are really two ways of answering these questions. First of all, there are answers that are attached to something specific and personal to our lives. That is, there is a general, universal, over-arching reason for mankind’s trials.

In the opening verses of the Bible, we witness what happened. It’s there in the Garden of Eden that God tells Adam and Eve they can enjoy everything the Garden has to offer them-with one exception. They are not allowed to eat the fruit of the tree that brings knowledge of good and evil. If they do, they will invite sin and death into their perfect world. But that is exactly what they do, and humanity has been dealing with the effects of their decision to disobey ever since.

Why bother going over all this? Because when it comes to the “why’s of life” we need to remember that sin is the ultimate culprit, not God. He has a way of taking sin and turning it around to accomplish His purposes for us (Genesis 50:20). But from the very get-go in the Garden, suffering wasn’t something God desired for us. Sadly, suffering is something that we’ve done to ourselves.

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