Did you know that most people don't know the true story behind man's fall from Grace?
Some time after God created the time-space reality, in which we live, the first man was formed * by God, from the dust of the world, before the herbs of the field, on the third day of creation. The first man's name was Adam. He was placed in Eden, a garden paradise made especially for him.
On the sixth day, God created ** mankind, man and woman.
Adam, was joined little later by his mate, Eve, who was also formed, from the body of Adam.
After an unknown period of time, Adam and Eve, disobeyed the one rule that God gave them. He told them not to eat from one tree, in the garden. After being tempted, by Satan, Eve ate from the tree. However, it was not about the fruit or the tree. It was disobedience, that Satan taught Eve, that day.
Disobedience revealed a different perspective to Eve. Up to this point, it didn't even occur to her to do anything, other than obey God's simple rule. However, afterwards, it opened up a new line of reasoning, 'What If?'. It was 'What If?', that caused Adam to deliberately enter into sin.
When Eve ate of the fruit and then delivered the fruit to Adam. He was given something that he hadn't had up to then, a choice. He could have continued to follow God and let Eve perish or he could give himself up to disobedience, in an effort to save Eve. Many people really come down hard on Adam for his choice, that day, for this disobedience created a fracture or separation between God's existence and ours.
However, if you think about it, Adam's choice not only opened him up to mankind's ridicule and condemnation, he also experience AGAPE, for the first time. AGAPE is a totally committed love, that only God possessed, up to that point in time. It was good for us, because AGAPE would be needed for mankind to be reconciled back to God, but unbeknownst to mankind, it would take almost 4000 years for reconciliation to happen.
Unfortunately, for Adam and Eve and the rest of mankind, God required a penalty/punishment for this disobedience. From this point on, man would experience both physical death and spiritual separation from God for the next 4000 years.
* The Hebrew word used in the Genesis 2 account is YATSAR, meaning 'to form from existing materials'.
** The Hebrew word used here, in this excerpt, from Genesis 1, is 'BARA' which means, 'to create out of nothing'.