What is the gospel that saves—and from what does it save us? In order to answer that question, we must go back to the Garden of Eden. It was there, in the most perfect environment that God’s heart of love and His creative power could provide, that man’s rebellion against his Creator had its awful beginning. Eden is not mythology but history, as human experience, selfish ambition, and false religions continue to demonstrate to the present day.
Surrounded by beauty, satisfied by abundance, and enjoying the fellowship of their Infinite Friend, our first parents, nevertheless, fell to the seductive lies of Satan. “Ye shall be as gods” was his deceitful promise—and to realize that delusion has been man’s passion ever since. False religions, such as Hinduism and Mormonism, are based upon this lie.
Though not deceived himself (1 Timothy:2:14), Adam, in loyalty to Eve, joined in his wife’s disobedience and ate of the forbidden fruit. Thus, “by [this] one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans:5:12).