God planted a very beautiful garden on His brand new earth and it was
called the Garden of Eden, and He put the man that He made, into the
garden to take care of it. God named him Adam. But, God thought it wasn't
good that Adam was alone. So He put Adam to sleep, took a rib out of his
side and made a woman with it. Her name was Eve. Now Adam had a helper.
God told them that they could eat fruit from any of the trees, except
for the one in the middle of the garden and if they even touched it, they
would die. This was a very terrible thing, because when God first created
man, He created him to live forever and never die.
Now, there was a sneaky snake in the garden, that was very bad. Do you
know why? Because one of God's most beautiful angels named satan, thought
he was special because of his beauty, and he wanted to be better than God,
because he's jealous of Him. You may have heard of another name that satan
is called, and that is the devil. So anyway, he became very bad and now he
tries to make people do bad things and win their hearts away from God.
Now, back to our story.
The devil got into this snake in the garden of Eden, and He lied to Eve
and told her that if she ate from the tree in the middle of the garden,
that she would become very smart, like God. So Eve took fruit from the
tree and ate it. Then she gave some of it to Adam.
Adam and Eve knew right away that they had done wrong and they hid in
the trees. After a while they heard God looking for them. Why are you
hiding? God asked. Adam answered, I was afraid because Eve gave me fruit
from the tree in the middle of the garden and I ate it. Then God asked
Eve, Why did you do that? Eve answered, The snake tricked me.
God punished them all for not obeying Him. He said, from now on snakes
will crawl on their bellies and eat dust. When women have babies it will
hurt and they will obey their husbands. And man will have to work hard to
make things grow in the land. Then God made them leave the Garden of Eden
and He put angels in His garden to keep it safe.