Satan Uses Scripture to Cause Confusion
“Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” Those were the serpent’s famous words to Eve in Genesis 3:1.
“We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden,” she replied, “But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’”
“No! You will certainly not die,” the serpent told her.
He told Eve a lie that seemed partially true. No, they wouldn’t drop dead immediately, but they would enter into a fallen world where the cost of sin is death. They’d no longer be in direct communion with their Creator in the garden.
The enemy knew that God was actually protecting her and Adam. See, by keeping them unaware of good and evil, God was able to keep them from sin, and therefore death. Just as a baby doesn’t know right from wrong and acts purely out of innocence, Adam and Eve lived in paradise with God, free from guilt, shame or intentional wrong.
Satan, being the deceiver he is, wanted to strip them of that peace. He wanted them to share the same miserable fate he brought upon himself because of his own disobedience to God. And this is also his goal for us today. 1 Peter 5:8 reminds us, “Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.”
Whispering half-truths to us, he hopes we’ll misunderstand God’s words and make decisions that lead us away from what’s good. It’s vital to learn and meditate on Scripture so we can pick up on these sly attempts to steer us off track.
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