view episode 5—something’s wrong (english subtitles)
Welcome to the FAQ for module 5—something’s wrong. The following questions include video and/or written answers and are also included in the guide for your leader. You may like to raise these questions during your group time, and we also place them here for you to explore and re-explore at your leisure.
Q 1a. Did God create evil?
No. Firstly, God is completely perfect and pure and cannot create evil. Secondly, evil is not a ‘thing’ and therefore was never created.
Q 1b. Why did God permit evil?
Because God is good, he must have permitted evil to exist so that a greater good would come from it. There are at least two ways that a greater good could come:
- God permitted evil to display his greatness.
- God permitted evil so he could destroy it forever.
Q 2a. Who is Satan?
Satan is a real, personal being. Once an angel of God, he is now the chief of all the fallen angels we call demons or evil spirits. Satan’s consuming passion is to oppose God and destroy his purposes, which is why he is called ‘the Adversary’.
Q 2b. How did a perfect angel, who lived in a perfect heaven, become evil?
We are not told. But we know:
- Everything must have a cause;
- God did not cause Satan’s rebellion (see Q 1a above); so
- Satan himself must have simply decided to rebel out of his own free will.
Q 2c. What was Lucifer’s sin?
We are not told that he broke a specific command, but we are told he became proud (Ezekiel 28:17) and refused to worship God and wanted to take God’s place.
Q 3. Why didn’t God imprison or destroy Satan the moment he rebelled?
The Bible says that God has set the day when he will lock Satan up forever and throw away the key (Revelation 20:7–10). God has appointed the right time for Satan’s final judgement and, when it comes, the severity of it will be completely justified. Meanwhile, Satan’s continued activity serves only to achieve God’s greater purposes.
Q 4. How did Satan get into the Garden of Eden?
We don’t know how Satan got into the garden. The Bible simply says he was there.
Q 5. Was the serpent of Genesis 3 an actual animal and did it really speak?
Yes, the serpent was an actual animal that Satan took control of and used to approach Adam and Eve.
Q 6a. What is the significance of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
It was one of two trees in the middle of the garden that had special significance. The tree was the symbol of God’s moral authority—his right to determine what was good and what was evil. It was not to be eaten from (Genesis 2:17).
Q 6b. Was the Tree of Knowledge really necessary? Wasn’t God setting Adam and Eve up to fail?
God was not setting Adam and Eve up to fail but the possibility for failure was a necessary part of their development.
Q 7. What was the Tree of Life?
The Tree of Life was one of two trees in the middle of the Garden of Eden that had special significance. It represented God’s gift of immortal/eternal life.
Q 8. If God is good, why is there so much death and suffering in the world? Will it ever end?
God created a “very good” (Genesis 1:31) world where suffering and death did not exist. When Adam sinned against God, he and the planet suffered the consequences. Suffering and death came to the entire creation. But God promised to defeat evil (including suffering and death) and remove it forever!
Q 9. Why did Adam and Eve make clothes out of leaves?
They felt ashamed and needed to cover their wrongdoing.
Q 10. Why did God clothe Adam and Eve with animal skins?
When Adam and Eve sinned, they made coverings for themselves out of fig leaves (Genesis 3:7). They made those coverings because they felt guilt and shame at having sinned against God. God replaced those garments with garments of animal skin (Genesis 3:21), a provision based on the death of an animal.
Q 11. Why should the whole human race suffer the consequences of Adam’s sin?
Put simply, it’s all about ‘representation’. Adam was the ‘official representative’ for the human race. When he acted in the Garden of Eden, he acted for the whole human race. The Bible addresses this subject in Romans 5:12–21 (see the discussion below).
Q 12. Why is Eve cursed with “pains in childbearing” and what are those pains?
The pain is both physical (in childbirth) and emotional (in child-rearing). We are not told why Eve was subjected to physical pain in childbirth. Could it be possible that the pain Eve experiences as she brings a child into the world is a reminder that she helped bring sin into the world which is now a world of pain?
Q 13. What is meant by “your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you”?
It means that there will be continual tension in the relationship between the man and the woman. Eve will try and dominate Adam and Adam will try to overpower Eve. Companionship is spoiled by the desire to control.