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150 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
the eyes of both of them were opened (Genesis 3:7). The spirit
and attitude of rebellion had entered their minds. Their minds
(hearts) now had become perverted - deceitful and desperately
wicked.
And THAT EVIL IN THEM CAME FROM SATAN,
NOTFROM
Goo!
They were NOT created with this evil nature.
But how did humanity, today, come to have this evil attitude
we call "HUMAN NATURE"? Did the children of Adam and Eve in–
heril it from them? Or, was it passed on by heredity?
Let me give you an example of heredity. God put Adam to
sleep and removed one of bis ribs, out of which He made Eve. Do
all men today find themselves short one rib by heredity? Of course
not.
Acquired
characteristics
are not passed on by heredity.
Adam and Eve chose
and acquired
the "nature" or attitude of
sin from Satan. It was not passed on by heredity. Jesus Christ
called their second son "righteous Abel."
Then how
do
we humans come to have (universally) this evil
attitude we call human nature today?
It's partly explained in the apostle Paul's second letter to the
Corinthian Church. He said he desired to present that Church "as
a chaste virgin to Christ. BuT
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fear, lest by any means,
as the ser–
pent beguiled Eve
through bis subtilty,
so
your minds should be
corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ"
(11
Corinthians
11 :2-3).
Satan was still around when Paul wrote. (The reason is ex–
p1ained elsewhere.) The people at Corinth had not received this
evil nature
by heredity.
Rather, the apostle feared lest they (in this
NEw Testament time) shou1d be begui1ed into evil altitudes
in the
same manner
as was the original mother Eve - directly by Satan.
Eve did not have a mind that was evil
before
Satan carne
along and confronted her. But Satan, by subtileness, deceived
Eve. Eve's children were not born with this evil nature. Nor were
the peop1e of the Corinthian Church. But Paul feared test Satan,
still around after sorne 4,000 years, pervert Corinthian minds di–
rectly,
as
he had done to Eve.
Satan was still around when Christ was bom. He tried to de–
stroy the Christ child by having Him murdered. Satan was still
around when Jesus was thirty and baptized. And he tried to de-