In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (minus the water because according to Genesis 1:2, the water was already there) and He saw that it was good. He then spent the next six days creating everything else for this world, saving the race of Man for his last, greatest (sometimes worst) achievement. And here’s where it gets interesting.
God also placed a tree in the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve (the first man and woman) lived. He told Adam that he mustn’t eat from this tree called the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. That was before Eve as it was only until later that Eve (who fared a bit better than Lilith if other stories are to be believed) was created to be Adam’s companion.
Everything was wonderful in the Garden of Eden until one day Eve was approached by a serpent. In those days snakes were like lizards insofar as they had legs to scamper around on. This snake-in-lizard’s-clothing crept up to Eve as she sat nearby the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
“Did God really tell you not to eat of that tree?” the snake-in-lizard’s-clothing asked Eve.
“He said we could eat of any of the trees in the Garden except the one tree in the center of the Garden,” Eve replied. “If we eat of it or even touch it, we shall die.”
“You won’t die,” said the cunning serpent. “ God knows that if you eat of that tree, you will have the knowledge of good and evil just as He does. You will be like Him!”
Eve gazed at the tree and saw that the fruit looked tasty. She plucked one from the tree and took a bite. Finding that it was as good as it looked, she gave another to Adam who was with her there. He also took a bite. Lo and behold! They saw that they were naked and, unlike people who live in nudist colonies or go to the nude beaches in Europe or go to the communal baths in Asia, they were ashamed. So they quickly made clothes for themselves out of fig leaves.
When God came to the Garden the next time they hid themselves for shame of their nudity. God found them after calling out for Adam multiple times. To be continued…