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2. Death

Life was simple at first. There was only one man. His name was Adam. The first woman was Eve. There were no other people. Adam and Eve were married. They talked with God. They knew Him. God never does wrong. He is holy. Anyone who knows Him needs to be holy too. Adam and Eve were holy.

Adam and Eve did not know right from wrong. God took care of that for them.

God also wanted Adam and Eve to be free. God gave them a choice. He let them choose about Him. They could choose to stay close to Him. They could choose to live on their own.

God had made a special tree. It was the only one like it. The tree had fruit. Anyone who ate the fruit would know right from wrong. The tree was not magic. God made it work that way. God used the tree as a test. God made one law. That law was about this tree. He told Adam and Eve not to eat its fruit. He said they would die if they did.

God had also made a spirit called Satan. He made Satan to work for Him, but Satan left God. He was God’s enemy now. This evil spirit entered into a snake. The evil spirit caused the snake to speak. Satan lied to Eve from inside the snake. He said, "You will not die if you eat that fruit. You will know right from wrong. You will be like God then. God does not want you to be like Him."

Eve believed the lie. She ate the fruit. She gave Adam some of it. He ate it too.

Now, they knew right from wrong. They knew they had done wrong. They were not holy now. They were afraid of God. God punished them. Adam must suffer from hard work. Eve must suffer from pain when children were born. Adam must be Eve’s boss. They must also grow old and die. The part of them that could know God was already dead.

They spent their lives doing wrong. They killed animals when they were sorry. They did this to pay for the wrong they did. God still was not close to them. Their children could not know God either. Their children would do wrong too. Their first son even killed their second son.

God also made a promise. He promised that someday a woman would give birth to a Son. This child would destroy the work of Satan. The rest of the Holy Bible is about God keeping this promise.

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