Who is to Blame?
8 That evening they heard the Lord God walking in the garden, and they hid from him among the trees. 9 But the Lord God called out to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden; I was afraid and hid from you, because I was naked.”
11 “Who told you that you were naked?” God asked. “Did you eat the fruit that I told you not to eat?”
12 The man answered, “The woman you put here with me gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
13 The Lord God asked the woman, “Why did you do this?”
She replied, “The snake tricked me into eating it.”
God appeared to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But they were hiding among the trees. God asked them why they were hiding.
Adam answered, “I was afraid.”
God knew why they were afraid. They could not hide their sin from God.
God said, “Did you eat the fruit from the tree?”
Adam answered, “God, you gave me a wife. The wife you gave me made me eat the fruit.”
Eve said, “The snake tricked me and I ate the fruit.”
Do you ever act like that? You know you did wrong, but you try to blame other people. Perhaps you even blame God. That is wrong.
If someone tells you to jump off a tall tree, and you obey and hurt yourself, whose fault is it? Everyone would say that you were foolish. They would say it was your own fault.
Sin is like that. People or Satan can help you sin, but they cannot force you to sin. When you sin, it is your own fault. However, that is hard to accept. It is easier to do like our father Adam. We would rather blame others.