I was walking the dog this morning when a thought occurred to me. I started thinking about Adam and Eve in the garden and then it hit me. Adam was a Liberal! How do I know that Adam was a Liberal? Well let’s take a look at the account in Genesis 3:1 and see what the Bible actually says first.
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?’
And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it lest you die.’” - Genesis 3:1 - 3
Now let me stop there for a moment. First off, God did NOT say that they weren’t to touch the fruit in the midst of the garden, that was Eve’s addition to what God had commanded them. In essence Eve was lying about what God had told them. She was embellishing the instructions that the Lord had given them. In short, she was setting herself up for the deception that was to follow, she was allowing the devil to lead her and she was allowing herself to be deceived by lying herself. I would add that there was no need to lie about what the Lord had instructed them. Honesty is always the best course of action and we see here that had she just been honest about what the Lord had commanded, she may have resisted the devil and thus not been banished from the garden. As it was she chose to be deceptive in what the Lord had told them.
But that isn’t what makes Adam a Liberal. So what makes Adam a Liberal? The fact that he blamed his actions on Eve. The fact that he asked no questions of Eve yet, tried to blame her for his own disobedience. Well, I'm getting ahead of myself…. Let’s look at the rest of the biblical account!
“Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day 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, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” - Genesis 3:4 - 7
Now the devil promised them that they would be “like God”. That was a lie. They weren’t “like God” because if they had been “like God”, there would have been no need to go to the work and trouble to find fig leaves and sew them together. If they were “like God” there would have been no need to hide from Him. If they were “like God”, they would have known how the devil was playing them like an instrument and using them. If they were “like God”, they would have refrained from lying to the devil and would have not allowed him to lie to them. What seemed so “good”, so “pure” and so “pleasant” was actually quite destructive. Man has been destructively lying to him/herself ever since. But let’s move on in scripture and see how Adam uses blame.
“And when they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’
So he said, ‘I heard Your voice in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” - Genesis 3:8 - 10
So, the devil promised that they would be “like God”. Sounds to me like they aren’t “like God” but, were very much afraid of God. Funny how the devil never mentioned fear!
“And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree which I commanded you that you should not eat?’
Then the man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I ate.’” - Genesis 3:11 - 12
Notice that Adam tries to blame God and then Eve for his sin. He doesn’t want to accept responsibility for his actions. Adam tries to find a scapegoat rather than act like a man and admit that he did eat, regardless of how nor why. Just like a Liberal, Adam will not accept responsibility for his actions but attempts to blame everyone around him. ‘Why I wouldn’t disobey Your commandments. I am perfect, as pure as the driven snow!’