“I will” is not the same as “I AM.” Not even close. After Lucifer coerced a third of the angels, and was cast down to the earth, he began, and accomplished his task of coercing mankind, Adam and Eve were first, it is what he does, and he does it well. I do not know why Eve was so easily deceived, I was not there, although it would be nice sometime while I am in eternity to travel back in time and simply watch that encounter. I also wonder this question quite often, just because we now have the knowledge of good and evil within us, does that make us more susceptible to the wiles of the devil, and how does the sin nature that we possess allow us more freedom to choose between the good and evil.
Whatever Eve had before she ate, the conscience part of her that was deceived, we have. Whatever Adam had before he willingly and of his own free will took that piece of fruit from the hand of his wife (Gen. 3:6) we have today, and so one would think that it is that part of us that encompasses our free will, and the knowledge of good and evil hold either no adverse or positive effects on our ability to choose. The ability to choose was there before the sin was committed.
Since we now have the knowledge of good and evil, we for some reason have a propensity towards the evil, it would seem, but this statement does not hold water, as they say, for obviously that propensity to rebel, to disobey, was in our first parents before the act was committed. As far as we have been told, everything everywhere belonged, or was available to Adam, even the tree of life apparently had no stipulations placed upon it. Only the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It was, as it seems, Satan’s only possible option, for all else was available to our first parents.
When their eyes were opened, (Gen. 3:7) the first thing that they realized was that they had committed a transgression, for since the statements stand true, they did not know what good was or what evil was. I may be off base here, but I believe that we can apply Romans 4:15 to this moment of time, “Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.” And it seems at that time there was at least one law, and it was most definitely transgressed.
The consequences were not because they now knew the difference between good and evil, but because they transgressed the law. Which of course must lead to this question, how could what they did be counted as evil if they did not know the difference between the two? Did they willingly disobey, yes. Did they understand what they were doing, yes, or the Lord would not have enacted the consequences of their actions upon them. Did they know it was evil? That is the question.
We do not have that option, for every human being that has ever been born now has the knowledge of good and evil, there is none with an excuse because “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) And “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” (Eccl. 3:11)
As far as we know, Satan did not say one word to Adam, his entire conversation, as short as it was, was to the woman, he saw something in her that was an easier opportunity for him, which could only infer that he had studied them from afar for at least some period of time. Adam’s decision to disobey may have been in part because of his response to his wife, but all we are told is that “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” (Gen. 3:6)
I seem to have a lot of questions in this life, it is one of the reasons that I am greatly anticipating eternity, the answers are there.