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The Bible story of Adam & Eve shows how God created man for relationship. It is important children, as well as the rest of us, understand this and also the following:
When God made humans, He did more than speak; He touched. God took the dust of the ground and formed man. Then God breathed life into man. We humans were made different and made to be different. We were created in the image of God, to look like Him and to know Him.
God placed the first man Adam in a perfect garden and let him name all the animals. God saw that Adam needed someone like him, a helper. God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep, took one of his ribs and formed woman. She was called Eve.
Adam and Eve walked and talked with God. They knew Him and had a relationship with Him. God had also given them a will. They could choose. He did not make them puppets where they had to do what He said.
God wanted them to be satisfied and choose Him and enjoy all the good things He gave them. But God gave them a choice - to love and obey Him or to reject Him and His love. True love cannot be forced; it has to be given as an act of our will.
God told them they could have everything in the Garden of Eden except they were not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God wasn't keeping anything good away from them; He was trying to protect them from knowing evil.
- based on Genesis 2
This game can be used as a family or church group Bible activity. Most people call this game "Would You Rather"; it's point is to demonstrate how we each have the ability to choose.
You can either have kids stand on separate sides of a line or room to show their choice or have some sit and others stand. Begin by asking - "Would you rather"
Continue with similar choices. Point out that everyday we have choices to make and the most important choice is the same Adam & Eve had to make - to choose God or reject Him.
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