The Serpent Will Go to any and all Lengths to Use its Lying Nature to Separate Humanity from God
The Serpent is the third character in our play, along with God and humanity. This Serpent has a sinister goal: to trip up humanity and remove them from God’s presence. As much as God wants humankind WITH Him, the antagonistic Serpent wants humankind WITHOUT God.
(Origin of the Universe, chapter 5.8)
What we’re seeing here is just an overview to immerse us in the three main characters of our play. I’m giving you some overall principles without going into all the supporting Biblical contexts. After presenting the Serpent we shall get into Genesis 1.1 and corroborative contexts will be forthcoming.
In the blog post a couple of weeks ago we saw that in Genesis 3.1 it indicated the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field. We saw that the original Hebrew is ‘arom’ and corresponds to 6175 for which the following KJV translations are: subtil, crafty and prudence. I pointed out this opposition: That Adam and Eve had a positive prudence while the Serpent had a negative craftiness.
Two verses in the book of Job (amongst others) confirm this negative subtlety that animates the Serpent:
The Serpent’s mindframe is just the opposite of Adam and Eve, he is full of cunning. Arom in this context is ‘usually in a bad sense’ as we saw in Strong’s 6191, and in the case of the Serpent, always in a bad sense; our foe is a clever devil, dark-minded, blemished comprehension. His version of lucid thinking is not based on pure thoughts and positive notions.
We already have seen the subterfuges the Serpent used to seduce, cajole, lure and fascinate Adam and Eve into believing they were such wonderful specimens replete with all the wisdom to lead their children and descendants into happiness and tranquility. After all, if such a charismatic individual finds Adam and Eve ‘special’ beyond even God’s attention, how can they resist? They must be gifted.
Unfortunately, that sought after and promised peace and prosperity didn’t happen, as we’ll see from their story, and it isn’t happening as we see from our contemporary history in the 2nd volume of The Explanation series, Audit of the Universe.
If I have to take one biblical word and notion to describe the Serpent’s actions and behavior it would be: Liar.
And the Bible calls the Serpent just that. Later, we’ll see his original nature and how his character changed, how he transformed into a calculating taleteller of untruths.
You (referring to the Pharisees) are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
In future blog posts we’ll see how the serpent slipped into negativity and ended up with this attitude.If I have to take one biblical word and notion to describe the Serpent’s actions and behavior it would be: Liar. And the Bible calls the Serpent just that. Later, we’ll see his original nature and how his character changed. Click To Tweet
Suffice it to say the basics of right and wrong—in this Genesis narrative—revolve around the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which the Serpent manipulates Humans into eating from, not because he’s benevolent, as we’ve seen. The Serpent uses ‘lies’ as the basis for his subversive operation. Lying and untruths are his main product. 100 percent artificial with one powerful additive. The lies are believable, credible, plausible and in some respects delicious, sugar-coated, soooo believable that people are so engulfed, enmeshed in these lies that they can’t believe they’re UNtruths.
So what’s happening here, what is the result of instilling confusion in Adam and Eve’s mind to the point of convincing them to eat that which God had forbidden them?
Remember, we stated the Serpent’s goal—the opposite of God’s goal—God wants humans WITH Him, while Satan wants humans SEPARATED from God. He wants humanity to consider God as either non-existent fiction or some overbearing ogre.The Serpent’s goal—the opposite of God’s goal—God wants humans WITH Him, while Satan wants humans SEPARATED from God. He wants humankind to consider God as either non-existent fiction or some overbearing ogre. Click To Tweet
We can translate the Serpent’s Biblical-speak for the modern audience:
‘God is misleading you. He is keeping this fruit from you. He gives the orders, and you obey. That’s nonsense. He tells you what to think, ‘This Tree is good, that Tree is bad’. He tells you what to eat. ‘You can’t eat that’. He’s a tyrannical power-wielding bully who tells you what decisions to make. ‘Eat of this Tree, not of that Tree’. He shackles you with ‘a bummer trip’ and he says, ‘You will definitely die’.’
The serpent’s discourse is a classic lesson into how to create a rift between two people. And as we see, he succeeds.
Adam and Eve buy the Serpent’s lies.
They become aware, somehow, that they don’t want to see God.
When the curtain rises on the next scene of God walking in the Garden, we find Adam and Eve ‘hiding’. This isn’t a fun game of hide-and-seek; to the contrary, humans need to put distance, a barrier between themselves and Him. They want to ‘hole up’ and stay away from God. They have been given a specific role in this play and they won’t speak the lines. The Serpent, in effect, has told them they are the stars, producers and directors. Humanity wants to develop its own play. It has set itself apart from God in every sense, Satan has reached his goal indeed.
As the contexts of the verses point out, they can’t escape the presence of God even though they conceal themselves. God does eject them from the Garden and set guards at the entry to prevent them from returning.
Galacti is sitting there a bit dazed while considering these pieces.
‘The villain won in this morality play. What kind of story is that? I thought this was an uplifting story. He manipulated events so God ejected humans into suffering and adversity. What a victory for the Serpent. Is that the message we want to send? Crime does pay, and duplicity, half-truths and outright lies pay handsomely?’
Upon deeper thought, Galacti understands that the Serpent’s goal is to separate God from mankind—why? For the pure fun of it? And how about God? He has a lot to answer for. He is all-powerful, He represents love, how can He lose? He lets the Serpent play out his scheme, and as a result God has to oust humankind, effectively separating them from His presence-protected Garden. Humans even get the rotten end of the deal, as though they’re pawns moved around the board at will, a ball in a soccer game being kicked at whim—and it looks like the Serpent is winning the match. What kind of God is that?
Why didn’t God make it ‘easier’ rather than more difficult with the Serpent on humanity’s back? If God is good (that’s what the ‘fairytale’ biblical narrative says), how can evil be so rampant, how can pain, suffering, war, hunger, anguish and crying fill our existence? If God cannot do bad, where did ‘bad’ come from? How can there be a villain in God’s world? Why didn’t God eliminate the villain before he got to the villain stage? Why didn’t He eradicate the rogue afterwards? Why does the Benevolent tolerate the dastardly?
There’s a lot of explaining to be done. But the audience just wants a sequel to the play.
This blog post is an excerpt from chapter 5.8 of the book Origin of the Universe
Click here and reread the Further Study at the bottom of the page to see that 6175 corresponds to ‘guile.’ It is this trickery that animates the serpent and continually motivates it to oppose God’s plan and humiliate humankind.
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