Let’s follow the sad process of the conversation between Eve and the serpent.
In Genesis 3:3-4 we read that Eve now is the one to misquote God’s word. She says, quoting God, “You shall not eat of it nor shall you touch it, lest you die”.
God did not say anything about touching it. She added to the word of God – a dangerous thing to do. There is a clear warning in the book of Revelation about adding to His word, “If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book, Revelation 22:18”.
Also, He did not say “lest you die”. He said “you will surely die”. This is a significant loss of emphasis. In chapter 2:17 God had said “Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”. The Hebrew manuscript actually says “dying you will die”.
In other words the process of death began the moment that Adam and Eve disobeyed the Lord, and ended around 900 years later when they both physically died.
Not only was there a loss of the emphatic, there was the direct contradiction of the word of God.
The devil goes on to say to Eve in verse 5 “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”.
This is another wicked lie of Satan. He leads Eve to believe that God is keeping something back from them, something that would be better for them, to “be like God” Himself.
This false promise is blasphemous, and is carried right down to our day in many practices of the New Age movement, where the ultimate goal for participants is to become like gods, or god-like.