by Kristen C. Strocchia
“You will not certainly die,’ the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5
Hook–“Did God really say?”
Line–“You will not certainly die.”
Sinker–“You will be like God.”
After raising doubt, the enemy will always assure us that we won’t actually receive the consequence for our choices and actions. And when Adam and Eve first disobeyed God, it seemed like maybe the serpent was right after all. They didn’t die! Well, at least not until about 900 years later [Genesis 5:5]. But the wages of sin is death [Romans 6:23]. And Adam–and Eve–most certainly did die.
He lied while making a very tempting and twisted promise. See, Eve knew God. She loved God. She was made in God’s image. So becoming like God may have sounded like a good thing. I mean, wouldn’t it please God to have two more someones just like Him? Plus, knowing good and evil would be a good thing, right? Easier to make right choices. Less that God had to worry about for them. More small talk possibilities when God came to visit.
But here again, Satan lied.
The French and Spanish languages both have two verbs that translate into the English to know: Savoir/Saber [to know facts/how to do something] and Connaitre/Conocer [to know /become acquainted with by having experienced]. Satan refers to knowledge with Eve as casually as if he’s just talking about–savoir/saber–book learning, being able to pass a multiple choice test about good and evil. But God was trying to keep them from–connaitre/conocer–becoming acquainted with, evil in particular, by experiencing it.
And Satan has told this same lie throughout his existence. He said in his heart, “I will be like the Most High,” [Isaiah 14:14]. He convinced half the angels in heaven that they could be equals to their Creator. He convinced Adam and Eve that they could be like God as well[Genesis 3:5]. And he’s still peddling the be your own God lie to mankind today.
You don’t have to obey your parents. They don’t really understand you. You’re an individual. Make your own choices.
You don’t have to listen your teachers. What do they know anyway?
You don’t have to follow the laws. Look at everyone else who bends and breaks them and gets away with it. Why shouldn’t you?
You don’t have to obey God. First of all, He probably doesn’t even exist. And second, if He does, He’s too intolerant and narrow minded to deserve your obedience anyway.
We need to pay careful attention to our own speech–and that of those who befriend, teach and/or advise us–to know if we’re repeating any of Satan’s pattern. If we hear ourselves or others say things like:
Did [authority name] really say…? That won’t happen! They’re just trying to…[i.e.]keep you from having fun. Be true to yourself.
Do you have doubts about something God said? Trust Him. Watch out for the pattern of Satan’s lie that you or others may be speaking into your situation to justify doing things your own way instead of God’s.