(Disclaimer: If you do not share my Church of Christ heritage, the specific illustrations given here may not apply to you. You'll have to brainstorm your own.)
"You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
"Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
"We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'"
I can't count how many Bible classes I've been in that chastised Eve for her misquote of God. Oh, we expected Satan to get it wrong, after all he is the father of lies. But Eve added the phrase, "and you must not touch it," and we like to look down on her for that mistake.
Here's the problem:
I've seen some of us do the same thing.
The Bible says not to get drunk.
Some have added that you can't drink a sip of alcohol.
The Bible says to sing.
Some have added that the singing must be unaccompanied.
The Bible says they met together one Sunday to break bread.
Some have added that if you take communion on any day other than Sunday it is sinful.
The Bible says not to give up on meeting together.
Some have added that it is sinful to miss any gathering.
I imagine there are more.
Like Eve, I'm sure there were good intentions as these doctrines took shape. After all, if you don't touch, you can never eat and die.
But, instead at times, they have simply opened the door for Satan to confuse, manipulate, cause division, and alienate us from each other and from God.