The Second Oldest Sin: Peer Pressure

Eve committed the oldest sin in the book, and Adam's sin was even more serious. This 1-minute devotion explains. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Devotions

Eve was deceived by Satan, and she committed the first sin when she rejected God’s Word and ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-6). 

But Adam ate the forbidden fruit with full knowledge of what he was doing. He was not deceived (1 Timothy 2:14).(1)

Adam gave in to "peer pressure."

Modern Christians do the same thing when we let cultural peer pressure convince us to approve sexual immorality, ungodly entertainment, and other things contrary to God's Word. 

Standing silent is the first step.

Adam stood silent when Satan deceived Eve. Then he joined Eve in her sin.

God put Adam in charge of the new world, and he trashed it because he decided to please Eve instead of pleasing God (Genesis 3:17-19).(2) 

Dear Christians, we are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that [we] may declare the praises of him who called [us] out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Let’s not stand silent just to "fit in" with our culture.

Scroll down for helpful Scripture verses and additional 1-minute devotions related to this subject.
(1) Adam's sin was worse than Eve's

1 Timothy 2:14: Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived... 

⇒ Adam appears to have been with Eve while Satan was persuading her to eat the fruit, but there is no hint that Adam reminded her of God's command nor any hint that he hesitated to eat the fruit (Genesis 3:6).  

Was he afraid of offending Eve or simply wanting to please her? We don't know, but Scripture clearly explains that Adam was not deceived.   

Adam sinned willfully, which makes his sin worse than Eve's sin (Luke 12:47-48).

(2) Genesis 3:17-19: To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

Let's ponder, recite, or memorize these Scriptures:

Eve committed the oldest sin in the book, and Adam's sin was even more serious. This 1-minute devotion explains. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible #Devotions1 Corinthians 16:13: Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

1 Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

I encourage you to read these 1-minute devotions that reinforce the truths in this devotion:

The Oldest Sin in the Book

4 Signs We’re People-Pleasers 

4 Ways Christians Can Stand Firm in a Declining Culture

When People Abandon Faith: 3 Reasons to Stand Firm 

A marriage post related to Adam's sin:
For the Love of a Woman  

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  1. It is possible that Eve was alone when being tempted by Satan.Gen 3: 1-5 mentions a dialogue between Eve and Satan. It doesn't indicate that Adam was around. If she was alone that could explain why Adam didn't mention God's command not to eat the fruit and then Eve would have been more susceptible to the influences of Satan. Verse 6 where it mentions Adam being with Eve when he was given the fruit could have been on a separate occasion. Just because the verses are consecutive doesn't necessarily mean there was no delay in the story. That's just my two penn'orth!

    1. Hi Welshlady,
      That passage reads this way:
      "When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it."

      There's really not room for believing this was two different occasions. The wording is very straightforward.

      And if your scenario were true, that would make Adam's sin even worse.

      Since death entered the world through sin, and that caused immediate negative changes in the heart and mind of Eve and in all of creation, Adam saw the results and chose to eat it anyway.

      Scripture says sin entered the world through Adam (Romans 5:12), so I think it's safe to say that they ate it together, not separately.