The great among the prophets, Moses, explained the fall of man in the Book of Genesis, chapter three, in a simplified pictorial manner that suits all minds. By the guidance of the Holy Spirit, He gave it a symbol of paradise and the tree from which it is forbidden to eat. With this expressive image of the meaning of the fall with the words used by Moses, that is , the tree, the paradise and the serpent, he was able to enlighten our minds to understand the true meaning and the cause of the fall of man.
In Genesis 3:4 Satan (who symbolized him with a serpent) said to the woman: “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Thus, we can clearly understand that the fall of man occurred because Satan has tempted man with the sin of pride. The trick which Satan deceived man with is to rise to God’s level through the knowledge that Satan gives him. So, it is a matter of intellectual thinking and knowledge. Man’s fall under Satan’s temptation and his acceptance of his evil thoughts has led his mind to be subdued under Satan’s evil power( eating from the tree) mentally and intellectually.
The fall of man is mainly intellectual and mental. The actual cause of the fall is the alienation of man’s mind and thoughts from God, who is the source of goodness, lightness, and knowledge, which filled his soul, mind, and spirit with love and goodness. He accepted the deceptive thoughts of the evil one, which is the source of selfishness, pride, superiority. He meditated on the lust of bodies which led him to think about inventions for murder and destruction. And this is what the image of man has ended up with now. He transformed his world and civilization into a material, selfish, and consumer civilization. He employed his knowledge of evil in making the tools of crushing and destruction that destroyed this civilization.
The problem of man that brought him to misery and turned him into a vicious circle is that his human existence has become unrealized. It was the civilization he had created that erased and swallowed his humanity. It used its outputs of social media, films, and communications to eliminate his inner essence by pumping this massive amount of intellectual material, images, news, and culture that distorted his wonderful image. He shifted his focus from positive and enlightened thoughts that achieve his existence and his life in love and joy to empty thoughts of content. He became living in fear and anxiety, spinning in the wheel of life that consumes him without stopping; This is the image we see of human life everywhere.
Hence, we can conclude that changing the reality of humanity and getting the man out of the predicament of emptiness, nothingness, and selfishness in which he is taking place can only be achieved by renewing human thought and mentality. He will only achieve this by finding a different alternative source that illuminates his mind with a positive, comfortable, and cheerful thinking that expels this sense of fear, violence, and selfishness. Hollywood films and collapsed family life have plunged him into this painful and bitter situation.
Jesus Christ is the true light that came into the world to enlighten every human being who has given many and can still give to many the renewal of thought and human nature to those who accept him with faith, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2.)