Adam & Eve did not originate the temptation in the Garden of Eden…they responded in the wrong way to the temptation. The same choice stands before people today.
The Sermon on the Mount sets out the wrong way: “Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because narrow is the gate, and hard is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Mt. 7:13-14).
Belief or unbelief in the truthfulness of God’s word is the same test for us today…as it was for Adam and Eve long ago. This has not changed…because it cannot change. Taking someone’s word as truthful and trustworthy is a central tenet of personal relationships that is a timeless reality within the natural moral law that governs all relationships…even and especially within the relationship between our Creator God and ourselves.
Faith is accounted for righteousness in the biblical narrative stories of faith…not because God gets to set the rules and prefers that we give Him the benefit of the doubt in each and every case…but because this concept is a stand-alone concept that applies across-the-board to every personal relationship of whatever type or variety.
We are truthful with our family and friends because this maintains the credibility of our word. We build a reputation for integrity and reliability in our work careers by developing a work-product based upon hard work, fairness in working with team members, and honesty towards the customer or consumer.
Faith is accounted for righteousness in the Bible…when we enter into our adventure of faith…because active faith demonstrates in an incontrovertible way that we accept the veracity of God’s word…even when it comes in the form of some future promise as yet unfulfilled…or some future hope that must be worked out through events and circumstances not fully revealed at the outset of the journey (Heb. 11:1, 11:8; 2 Cor. 5:7).
The life of the Spirit-born Christian must be lived within their God-composed journey of faith…whatever that may be…above and outside of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking (Jn. 3:18-21, 15:18-25).