Read Genesis 3
Focus on verse 3-6
We like to think of young children as “innocent” because they do not yet know enough to know what is “right” and what is “wrong”. As they grow and learn to communicate with parents and siblings, they begin to make choices more consciously, based upon their own experience and knowledge. It is at this point that they begin to lose their “innocence”. The first time a child purposefully chooses to throw his food on the floor it can be considered “an innocent mistake” – however – once he understands what mother means when she says “son, stop throwing your food on the floor” it is no longer an innocent mistake. Now it has become an act of rebellion.
Adam and Eve had been told “you shall not eat of the tree in the middle of the garden”. There seems to be little doubt about whether or not they understood what God meant;
…but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. (v. 3-6)
When Eve chose to eat of it in spite of having been told not to – she committed and act of rebellion toward God – and Adam joined her in the act. It was a choice to disobey. It was a choice to abandon the state of innocence and it resulted in the loss of their dominion and freedom. In this one act Adam sold the human race into bondage to sin that haunts us to this day.
The good news is there is a solution, but there is also only One solution – the promise of verse 15 was fulfilled thousands of years later when God Himself took on flesh in the form of Jesus Christ and redeemed humanity once for all when He died on the cross and rose from the dead paying the penalty – once for all – so that what humanity lost in the garden might once again be restored to those who choose to accept it.