Unfortunately, Adam and Eve went ahead and ate the fruit anyway. That’s called sin—disobeying God. Because of their wrong choice, death and all the other bad effects of sin got started in our world.
But sin really began even before the Garden of Eden. The problem started in outer space.
Climb into a time machine. Strap yourself into the seat, put on your headphones, and prepare for travel. Reach down and push the button marked “GO.” You’re off and racing through space at 186,000 miles per second!
Suddenly, your time machine stops. You’re looking at heaven thousands of years ago, long before God created Adam and Eve. In heaven, where God and the angels live, everything is perfect.
All the angels were happy except Lucifer, the head angel. He wanted to be as powerful as God, so he rebelled. Rebellion against God is called sin. Because he sinned, Lucifer (now called Satan or the Devil) was thrown out of heaven (see Isaiah 14:12).
God has never forced anyone to love Him or obey Him. He still doesn’t. It is your choice. The angels in heaven had a choice too.