Satan led humankind into covenant disobedience. He tempted humankind to reject the rule of Yahweh and to issue their “declaration of independence” from their Creator. The consequences are devastating. When communion with the Creator of life is broken, death inevitably results. Life is no longer whole but broken. Personal, interpersonal and social breakdowns abound because life is severed from its source. Moreover, the declaration of independence proves to be an illusion. Rather than finding autonomy, we find that we are still servants—bound to a despot who rules over a kingdom of slaves.
—Walsh and Middleton, The Transforming Vision, 70.