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You Shall Surely Die?

The modern New Age Movement began in the early 1970’s. Hollywood played the role of the serpent as actors and actresses began to suggest that you can become like the God of the Bible. Sound familiar? The origin of the New Age Movement began in the Garden of Eden. Moses refers to the serpent mentioned in Genesis 3 as the craftiest of all the animals God created. The serpent tried to convince Eve that God was holding her back by denying her access to the Tree of Knowledge.

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die, Genesis 2:16-17.

According to some versions of the Bible, when Eve was being enlightened by the words of the serpent, Adam was right there with her. If this is indeed the case, Adam was informed a chapter earlier about God’s only rule in the Garden of Eden. Based upon Eve’s initial response, Adam did tell her the boundaries set by God. The serpent’s conversation with Eve then turns toward one issue, “what does God mean by the words you will surely die?”

But the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die,For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity. And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate, Genesis 3:4-6.

Based upon Adam’s initial conversation with God, the consequence for breaking God’s only rule is death. If the creation of earth and human beings was designed to dwell and live forever, God is correct. However, the Father of Lies twists God’s words by planting a thought inside of Eve’s mind. The more Eve pondered the possibility of becoming like God, her eyes turned toward low bearing fruit hanging from the Tree of Knowledge. While all human beings will die in the end, disobeying God results in spiritual death, John 3:3-5. May today’s blog help you realize the need to be reborn this Christmas season.

by Jay Mankus

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