Satan is a master at twisting the truth and bending people towards going against what they truly know to be right. He convinces Eve to eat the forbidden fruit who then encourages her husband to do the same. Satan’s answer in the Bible is expressed in the following passage:
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”
The result of their sin is found in Genesis 3:7. Where they believed they would be elevated to the same level as a god, they actually suffered the opposite effect and fell below their own previous status. One of the immediate reactions to their sin was an awakening that made them feel ashamed of their nakedness. They sewed fig leaves together in an attempt to cover their bodies. However, they could not hide or take back their sin of disobedience. To make matters worse, Adam and Eve became separated from God.
Their sin proved that man did not have the capacity to determine what was good and evil. They soon learned that they should have trusted God. The tree being placed in the center of the garden was there for a purpose. On earth, the tree represented the only object that could have made Adam and Eve fall victim to temptation. The pair already knew the difference between right and wrong. They knew it was wrong to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree. All they had to do was trust in God and obey his word.
Eve was the first woman on earth and because of her sin, she affected the obstacles that all women after her would suffer. God decided that women would experience increased sorrow and difficulties during conception, and that the length and pain associated with childbirth would also increase. Since Eve went beyond what was expected of her as a woman, she was destined to have her husband rule over her.
Adam also affected the future of all the men to live after him. His sin caused him to experience the hardships of having to make a living for himself. Adam faced a life filled with hard work. The Bible even alludes to the fact that the plants on earth were affected by his sin , some turning into “thorns and thistles.” Following a hard life, man would perish and return to dust , the substance from which he was formed in the first place.