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He allowed them a choice. He placed them in a garden full of delights and invited them to partake of any tree but one.
Temptation came to the primal couple in the form of a serpent—a deadly beast with an angelic intelligence. Fearing for their lives, and too proud to cry out for help, they consented to the temptation. They sinned, and in sinning they failed the test that God had permitted for their good.
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If they had feared God more than they feared the serpent, they would have chosen martyrdom at that moment, and they would have entered into a life even greater than paradise. By offering a complete sacrifice of their lives, they would have begun to live the life of glory.
For God is love, and love demands a total gift of self.
In time, the image of divine life is sacrificial, life-giving love. We must die to ourselves for the sake of another. Why would God allow this? That free choice is what made temptation possible. But it is also what made love possible. For love cannot be coerced; love requires a free movement of the will.
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