Minimalist Bible: Fall of Man

Written by Chad -

I've been a big fan of the minimalist poster designs. Taking something as complex as a person or a movie and stripping it down to one powerful graphical element that is instantly recognizable. I wanted to do something unique; something that had never been done before. So God hit me alongside the head with an idea: Bible stories. If you wish to see the previous posters, check out Creation Day 1Creation Day 2Creation Day 3Creation Day 4Creation Day 5Creation Day 6and Creation Day 7now.

For the past couple months, I have been unveiling my original minimalist poster series focused on Bible stories. Today I'm excited to release the tenth poster of the series, Fall of Man.

Fall of Man comes from Genesis 3 (NLT) which says, "The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, 'Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?'

'Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,' the woman replied. 'It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’'

'You won’t die!' the serpent replied to the woman. 'God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.'

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, 'Where are you?'

He replied, 'I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.'

'Who told you that you were naked?' the Lord God asked. 'Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?'

The man replied, 'It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.'

Then the Lord God asked the woman, 'What have you done?'

'The serpent deceived me,' she replied. 'That’s why I ate it.'

Then the Lord God said to the serpent, 'Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live. And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.'

Then he said to the woman, 'I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.'

And to the man he said, 'Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.'

Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live. And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife. Then the Lord God said, 'Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!' So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life."

The Fall of Man is the origin of all our downfalls and shortcomings. We as humans had one easy rule in paradise—don't eat the forbidden fruit. It was an easy rule to follow and  Adam and Eve blew it big time. Their single action marks the entrance of sin into the world—corruption, hatred, self-absorption, crime, evil, lust, and so on all started with the eating of this piece of fruit.

Today, we constantly struggle with sin. Every day we have to battle against the ways of the world, our flesh and the evil one. Temptation is everywhere—this mental and physical battle can overwhelm us at times, and sometimes we give in, taking a bite of the fruit. But, Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:8-11 (NLT), "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen."

Think about it. The evil one is constantly out on patrol looking for someone to destroy. The very first man and woman physically walked with God in Eden and even they gave into Satan. How much easier to you think it is for Satan to destroy us in today's world? Thankfully, God sent His son, Jesus to save us from sin and its struggles. With Jesus on our side, we are forgiven and strengthened. Be on guard!