“Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Indeed,’ has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’’ (Genesis 3:1)?
The question of the serpent points to the freedom that God has woven into the fabric of his created order. Questioning what God has said implies that his words are open to being debated, discussed, questioned and, thus, either accepted or rejected. Instead of mindless puppets on string, God has created us as free will beings. By this he solicits the love of human kind as they make choices and decisions that seek to honor and glorify their heavenly Father.