1 John 2:16 (KJV)
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Contrary to some belief; Satan does not know you ONLY God does. God knows what you NEED while Satan just feeds on what you lust about with your eyes (visual), flesh (heart) and life (what everyone is doing). Satan will give an impression that he knows what you want yet in actual sense he is just feeding your desires and make it look like you ‘really need it’. God created you and knows what is good for you.
Genesis 2:8, 15-17, 23, 3:1-7 (NIV)
8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
… 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
… 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 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. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
God showed Adam many fruit trees but forbade Him from the tree in the middle of the garden (later I believe Eve was given a tour of the garden and then showed the forbidden fruit too).
I got you! Satan exploited vulnerabilities in the system
In the garden of Eden, Satan while in form of a serpent, was able to use the hearts desires of man to make them fall to temptation. I am so convinced that Eve gave herself away by how lustfully she was looking at the tree in the middle of the garden where God had forbade Adam and her to eat. What was she doing even at the tree? I mean it is not like Satan came for her from wherever she was. I know in verse 6 of chapter 3 of Genesis, says that Adam was with her. So it still doesn’t change the question but rather widens the scope. What were the two doing putting themselves in a compromising situation.
Christianity is a free will, you ALWAYS have a choice between good and evil. Jesus promised us a helper to help us in our walk in the narrow path. Ref. John 14:15-17
He also repeats the promise before ascending to heaven in Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
No one even dare run (Adam and Eve), when Satan started talking to them. I mean, it is like they were looking for a justification to test and see why the Lord forbade them. MAN is a curious being and what you forbid him or her to do, is what their flesh yearns for.
Matthew 26:40-43 (NIV)
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.
God is a good Lord and that’s why the common phrase ‘Good Lord’ that has become a cliche’ among Christians. He gives us freewill. He did not guard the tree of life against breach or intruders. He gave Adam and Eve the free will to choose whether to obey the spirit (his words) or to obey the flesh (desires). John 6:63 (ESV)Jesus says “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”
Therefore the word of God or the instructions from God is life and you need to obey the spirit.
Some Christians when they fall tend to wonder why God did not put a hedge around the tree (or the object of temptation) to prevent them from falling. Well, I usually believe that God has faith that you can do it and that you won’t disappoint. Unfortunately he is so often disappointed by us that after the fall of man, and no worthy sacrifices to atone our sins, He sent his only begotten son (without blame and knew no sin) to die on the cross for our sins and reconcile us to Him. Ref. John 3:16
John 15:7 (NIV)
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
Lastly, God instructs us to remain in His words which is life. If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, a new being and the old is gone the new has come (Ref. 2 Corinthians 5:17). We got to start taking our faith seriously and not like what we tend to do, wear Christ as a clothe, where we can take Him off when we want to follow our desires of the flesh.
Christianity is a free will, you ALWAYS have a choice between good and evil… that’s how good our God is….and that choice has a consequence not only in the relationship (man-to-Man) but more on the fellowship with God. Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden of Eden and thus lost the relationship God had intended; direct communing with God.