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Specific and General Points of View

In the Bible, Adam and Eve were happily living in the Garden of Eden before they fell into sin. They did not give a thought to the forbidden fruit. However, when the serpent approached Eve, her perception changed. She began to look at the tree from a totally different light. She began to question God’s motive for placing this restriction.

Eve became blinded by the prospect and the lie of becoming wiser. This specific restriction was all she can think about amidst every freedom that was awarded to her. She lost sight of the bigger picture. She forgot the fact that she was in paradise. Discontent crept into her heart. She focused on the forbidden fruit. As Genesis says in the Bible, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”

Adam and Eve focused on one specific detail and failed to consider the general view. They focused on a specific point in the broader picture. They disregarded how this specific act would affect the general status of their relationship with God.

Focusing on something specific does not necessarily produce negative consequences. In fact, God values the specific things too. If you look at the majesty of nature, you will see how God carefully thought of every specific detail. If you study the human anatomy, you will know that God does not disregard specific details. Each mole, each organ function, each birthmark will tell you how specific God is. However, this will tell you the importance of perspective. This will teach you the value of looking at things from specific and general points of view.

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