“But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” – Genesis 2:17
When God set down the house rules for the garden, He told Adam that no one could eat from a certain tree or death would be the result. But Adam, with very good intentions, decided he needed to add something. He reasoned that if a person followed this additional rule, he wouldn’t be able to break the actual command of God. (You can’t eat the fruit if you don’t touch it.) So he told Eve, “You shall not eat from it or touch it lest you die!”
Perhaps it was Adam’s added words that gave the serpent his opening. The devil was able to challenge the claim that touching the fruit would cause death. The devil’s logic may have been something like this: Since touching didn’t cause death, then God must also be lying about what would happen if the fruit were eaten. Adam’s added words were used to convince Eve that God was a liar! That is why the devil was successful–it’s hard to argue against the words of God but pretty easy to argue with the legalism of man!
Adding to the word of God can lead to God’s being ridiculed and Christians’ losing their credibility. Let’s learn from the actions of Adam and recognize the folly of adding to the Word of God.