What man has believed of the "Serpent" God has made, the very opposite will prove to be true. 1 Th. 5:21 "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good". If it so be he is defended justly, then he will rise again the third day according to the scriptures, and according to the scriptures--the third chapter of Genesis.
So let us investigate these charges against him that have caused all religions to call him such evil names such as: deceiver, the Devil and Satan. This time let us not judge so hastily against something God had made. Genesis 1:31 "And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good". The question here is, shall we look at things the way God saw them or believe the way man see's them? For only one chapter later after God saw every thing that he had made was very good, man saw something God had made that was very bad. Because in the first verse of the third chapter of Genesis, all religions from the Bible say the most injurious things about the Serpent God had made. Who shall we believe? God, or man. If we see it the way God saw it, that everything he had made was very good, which would include the Serpent, then God's statements are true, for they are in conformity to fact. But if we believe the way man saw it, that the Serpent was the cause of all the evil in the world, then God is a liar. Romans 3:4 "let God be true, but every man a liar".
Now this was no ordinary serpent, for this serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. The word "subtil" used to mean "precise", to characterized by very fine mental distinctions, with sharpness of perception and analysis, which are all good qualities to show the way to truth. But somewhere along the line they out dated those meanings of precise to emphasized on crafty, wily, and cunning, to fit the Serpent the way man saw him. For it didn't look right to hold such great meanings in the word "subtil" that described the Serpent.
The Serpent is accused of tempting the woman to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. So let us examine this to see if he was tempting, or correcting.
It is written, "out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food: the tree of life (also) in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil".
Now the comma after the statement "the tree of life also in the midst of the garden", (comma) is separating the tree of life from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, because the "also" in that statement is referring back to the trees that are pleasant to the sight and good for food. The last part of the sentence after the comma, was just to mention another tree that is called, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But only the tree of life is specified to be in the midst of the garden. Now the woman said, the tree in the midst of the garden is the one God had said, "ye shall not eat of it". But God said, "of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it".
Now all the trees that God made to grow was pleasant to the sight, and good for food. But a tree of knowledge of good and evil would not be pleasant to the sight, and good for food, and therefore could not be a tree God made to grow, but a tree man made to grow from believing the Serpent God had made was tempting. Therefore this is the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Now the Serpent first spoke to inquire of her understanding of the trees. Seeing she had it wrong, he spoke the second time to correct her. Job 33:14 "For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not" And so the Serpent spoke once, yea twice, but man perceived it not that it was Christ who spoke in his stead. For this cause, Isaiah 53:7 "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth".
Now after the woman considered what the Serpent had said, she gave the tree a second look. "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked". Now before they ate of the tree of life in the midst of the garden, they were both naked and were not ashamed. Just as the religions are today, before they know of this error. For they are naked to the fact they are holding good for evil and are not ashamed. But after they are corrected of this error, their eyes will be opened, and they will know they are naked of the truth, and will begin to do something about it. Then they will hear the voice of the Lord God from the words of God and not from man.
After God had asked them questions, and upon hearing their answers, this is what God said, "because thou hast harkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, thou shalt not eat of it, cursed is the ground for thy sake". Now God did not say, "hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee not", but, "of which I commanded thee, saying, thou shalt not eat of it". Now when God had asked Adam before, "Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I comanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat". Now the tree the woman gave him to eat was the tree in the midst of the garden, which is a tree God commanded they may freely eat. The man now thinking he ate of the tree that he should not eat of, blamed the woman for it. Therefore God rightfully said, "Because thou hast harkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, which I commanded thee, (comma) saying, (comma) Thou shalt not eat of it: in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life": And that is, divisions and afflictions shall the words of God bring forth to the people for as long as they continue to believe the Serpent was tempting.
Out of the Serpent's roots will come the knowledge and causes which produces a fruitful Bible, nothing being contrary to reason. For it is knowledge alone that clears the mind of all perturbations. Would not to be lost in error create them? Then it is evident the truth was crossed in the third chapter of Genesis, for it was in this chapter alone that man brought sin and Satan upon himself from choosing a base meaning in one word "subtil", and reflected a corrupt meaning to the Serpent God had made. God said, "That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought". The "thing of nought" meaning, "no devil". This is verified in the New Testament, for the words of God say, "I have not a devil".
It is known that opposites are generated out of opposites. It has also happened from first thoughts by the appearance of things. As it was believed for thousands of years that the sun went around the earth, when actually the very opposite was true, yet the sun was right before their eyes all the time, just as the words have been right before their eyes all the time.
In man's first reading of God's words, it has appeared that the Serpent was the cause of sin and the Devil. Since this belief of the Serpent has stood for thousands of years, it is certainly worth taking a second look at this evil that is still hanging over the human race. For as a doctor must get to the core of the cause to cure, it is here we must get to the core of the Serpent's cause. For to imagine a devil in God's Garden of Eden might be the real blasphemy against God. Even the religions are baffled over this for they say, "here we face the greatest of all mysteries, the most significant of all secrets, the most unanswerable of all questions. How could God--who is all-powerful, all-Holy, and all-loving--have created evil, or permitted the Devil to create it"? This statement was made by Billy Graham.
It is the judgment of things the world holds as true which are not true that makes the world wretched. Consider this affliction brought upon the world because of the judgment of one incident from the beginning of man's education of God. First we blamed the Serpent, the Devil, then Adam and Eve for the fall of mankind.
The teachings in Epictetus tell us "Never to lay the blame on others, but on ourselves, that is, on our own judgments. To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education; to accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun; to accuse neither oneself or others shows that one's education is complete".
Did not anybody think it strange, that if the Serpent was the cause of all this sin in the world, as they say, why would God grant the Serpent final victory over man. For He said to the Serpent. "It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel". Now God asked Adam if he had eaten of the tree and he blamed the woman. God asked the woman, "What is this thou hast done"? and the woman blamed the Serpent. But God did not ask the Serpent "Why did you do this"? and give him a chance to explain, for God knew he was trying to reprove them from their error. Nor did God punish the Serpent as the religions assume. For it is they that esteem the Serpent strickened, smitten of God and afflicted. Because the Serpent took his stand for truth to correct them, God knew he would be cursed. How many men down through the ages who took their stand for truth could this be said of them. "Because thou has done this thou are cursed". for God did not say to the Serpent, "I curse you". It was man that cursed and despised the Serpent. And this is written for the Serpent's defense. "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our inquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand". So the Serpent was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look again shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. "So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider". Jesus said "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up". St. Matthew 12:33 "Either make the tree good, and his fruit good: or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit". The choice is yours. So was he the deceiver in the Garden of Eden, which then makes the tree corrupt, and the fruit corrupt? Or was is Christ who spoke up for their correction, which now makes the tree good and his fruit good? It is said many times, in many different ways, in the words of God, to get rid of the devil. The choice is still yours. But if there was such a thing as a deceiver, it would be they who taught such a corruptible thing as a devil in God's Garden of Paradise.
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