January 28, 2009

When the Truth is Evil

Genesis 3:4-5
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
True or false?

After the serpent lied about what would not happen, did what he said would happen actually happen? Were their eyes opened?

Genesis 3:7
the eyes of them both were opened
Yes.  True.

What about the serpent's last promise? Did they know good and evil after eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?

Genesis 3:22
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil
Yes. Yes, they did.  Also true.

The point is, it's not about what the temptor or the temptation promises.

Resisting temptation is about knowing what God actually said, regardless of promises that may or may not be true to the contrary.

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