How Things Got So Messed Up

 

It all started with lies

Genesis 3:1-5

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

(Lie #1. Did you know that a question can be a lie? )

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”

“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.”

(Lie #2. A direct accusation that God was cheating Adam and Eve. )

The serpent was projecting his own motivations onto Eve

“…and you will be like God.” The devil was giving us window into what was driving him crazy, the fact the the serpent was not God, not the boss. Satan was looking at God’s most important creation, the beings that were made in the image and likeness of God Himself. He was likely thinking, “If I don’t wreck this thing, God will surely put these new creatures over me. Then, not only will I not be ‘the Most High,’ but I’ll even be unde the rule of these new upstarts!”

So what was the serpent’s strategy? It was to trick the humans into doing what he had done: to disobey and rebel against God.

Treason (verse 6)

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.

Eve! you idiot!

She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Adam! You were with her the whole time!
You are without excuse!

About that new wisdom (verse 7)

Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Well, Adam and Eve, hows that “gaining wisdom” thing working out. You became to “smart” that you realized you were naked. 

Running from God instead of running to Him (verse 8)

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Enter Fear (verse 9-10)

But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

The first Blame Game (verses 11-13)

And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Yup Adam not only blamed his wife, he blamed God. Smooth move, Adam.

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The Consequences (verses 14-19)

So the Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your headand you will strike his heel.”

Did anyone notice the first Messianic prophecy in the Bible? 

To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

To Adam he said,
“Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

Life After The Fall (verses 21-24)

Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

A sad day for animals. An indication that blood would have to be shed for redemption.

And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

Expulsion! The tree of life out of reach (verses 23-24)

So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east sidee of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Expulsion from the Garden of Eden by Thomas Cole

 

That, boys and girls, is how things got this way.

But wait, there’s more…

Eden Restored (Revelation 22:1-3)

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse.

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26 responses to “How Things Got So Messed Up

  1. And the woman added, “and you must not touch it”, which is the first introduction of religion, adding to what God had said to Adam “to establish our their own righteousness” .

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  2. Oh, I loved that–thank you so much for that, TrailDust! I laughed so hard, especially when you said, “Eve! You Idiot!” LOL! 🙂

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  3. Back when I was extremely ignorant in such matters, I would say that when I would meet Adam, I would give him a sound beating. I have learned a little since then, but it has taken scores of years to make the little additional knowledge I now have. Part of that knowledge involves knowledge of myself. Satan lies to me every day, and sometimes I give in to his lies. Not as I once did, as an atheist and mocking the Lord and His servants. We are all led astray in various ways, including living with spirits of pride, greed, envy, Mammon, and unforgiveness. To say nothing of being weak in His first four commandments. Satan’s time is short and his rage increases daily.
    Thank you, Traildust, for your message that gives us the truths we need to have in our lives every day.

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  4. We were made in perfection an d traded it for misery and death.

    If you want a view into what we gave up, read The Books of Adam and Eve. Also the Book of Enoch, as it contains how the giants came to be and what happened to them and their fathers.

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/fbe/fbe005.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/fbe/index.htm#section_001
    https://www.ccel.org/c/charles/otpseudepig/enoch/ENOCH_1.HTM

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    • Wait a sec—WE didn’t “trade it in for misery and death”—Adam & Eve did. But I imagine that if they didn’t sin, someone else would have. So we sin, anyway.
      The denial of Original Sin is a mental disorder!

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    • These texts are actually gnostic, and thus poisonous to the believers Josh, in fact the gnostic book of enoch is one primer text utilized by most occultists, ida cradock utilized it to support her notion that she was having sex with a “spirit husband” and aleister crowley enjoyed the text as well, the false doctrine of the nephilim being angel-human hybrids also is supported by it. Did you know that it was “discovered” by the freemason James Bruce, and subsequently brought to england where it sat for soem time, before surfacing as a “translation”… some details in it matched to already existing freemason rituals within the royal arch degrees of freemasonry.

      The books of adam and eve are also similarly gnostic/occult/satanic texts, with no truth in them. Too often I’ve run across people in churches baited by the nephilim hybrid false doctrine, getting into the vile book of enoch which is a stepping stone into gnosticism, and the occult. I’d strongly advise discarding these texts, and anything “apocryphal” as they are traps laid by the devil and his puppets, to lead people into his false doctrines etc.

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      • Satanists twist the word into whatever they want all the time regardless if it’s the bible or apocrypha. I believe the books of Adam and Eve to be accurate accounts, as well as the book of Enoch. I find nothing in them to be against messiah or his father, and actually support them. In the books of Adam and Eve it relates how the word came to them and saved them from mishaps and satan on numerous occasions, as well as relating how YHWH told Adam that a saviour would come in 5500 years that would get Adam and his forgiven children back into the garden. But please feel free to believe however you wish with no hard feelings from me.

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        • No hard feelings from me either Josh, however that you do openly endorse these texts is of concern, given I know they are devilish, having no truth in them beyond what is necessary to feed greater deceptions… and as such I can’t “let it lay” without correction, and it would be a disservice to everyone not to address this. Consider that the texts endorse all manner of strange and bizarre things that make no sense… for example in enoch writing itself is implied to be evil and a sin, and taught ot mankind by a devil named penemue, other innovations that Mankind has are similarly ascribed only to devils, not a one to God, nor mankind, and so God, and mankind as well, is blasphemed while all credit is given to devils for the innovation, do you see how that goes wrong? The same text also “sets” an angel over repentance, otherwise unnamed, called phanuel, this directly diminishes one of Christ’s main traits, for He is how mankind comes to repentance, and the one who has imparted man with Eternal Life. What does this false “enoch” say of the flood? Not that it was to eradicate evil, rather that it was to perform genocide on mankind for the purpose of purifying bloodlines, a ridiculous concept on the face of it, and portraying God to not be much else than a “pure-blood” race-obsessed tyrant who wasn’t intelligent enough to make mankind & angels incompatible (The truth is He did, an angel can no more reproduce with a human being than a human can with an animal.), this is the demiurge model as taught in gnosticism. This false “enoch” also states that the children produced by these human women were 450 ft. tall (in the Laurence “translation” anyway, the charles version is worse, having them be roughly two miles tall), that’s as long as the Ark of Noah, no human woman could sustain even the fetal form of such a being to term without exploding like an overfilled balloon, much less meet the nutritional requirements to support such a being, and herself as well. There are other problems, but I think this is sufficient to prove that the vile “book of enoch” is completely untrue, and dangerous.

          The so-called “books of adam and eve” are no better. Those that are evil will say “here are books hidden by that bad old church, look what wisdom and knowledge they conspired to keep from you, look at the hidden history” etc. which is just a variant of the same lies the devil uses to bait people into the occult in the first place.

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  5. Truly put in an interesting view… thank you for sharing that

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  6. So interesting, Traildust, thank you!

    Also: John 13:18, Jesus referring to Judas –

    I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

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  7. TD . . . fabulous post! It is sweet and wonderful that The Lord still loved Adam and Eve, and hence HE provided them with clothing made of skins for their travels in the bleak world. Adam, being our first father, did follow God in one respect, and that was that Eve was given to him, and he was instructed to stay with her . . . had he not heeded that stipulation, Eve would have been expelled from the Garden, and Adam would have remained alone. I think there was a divine wisdom in providing a world that is thorny, and our little patch of ground may be difficult to manage, but God is able to test and try us, given these obstacles . . . will we still choose to remain faithful and follow God even when the going gets rough?

    Thank you for such a thoughtful lesson.

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    • And those skins God provided meant the shedding of blood and death by innocent animals. That was the prototype of what God would ulitimately do by becoming one of us in the Person of Jesus Christ to shed His Blood, die in our place to pardon us and give us eternal Life and Liberty.

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  8. Adding to Marblenecltr, I used to think, I would not do what Adam did. But then I would realize that I do the exact same things that he did, only in a different way, every single day. I have the same blood flowing in my veins that he did. None of us are any different. And that verse about the first promise of a Messiah, in Gen. 3:15, that has been one of my more well known verses for a long time. It was stressed in Bible college, even though I only went for a year.

    It is kind of funny, how when caught, Adam and Eve quickly tried to point the finger of blame away from themselves. Like a child will do, which is what they were, at the time. And how God, even knowing what was going to happen, was still patient, almost playing with them. His heart must break at times with our disobedience, and yet He still loves us as a father. Our human minds cannot understand completely His being.

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  9. I used to be turned off by the poetry of T.S. Eliot, and I still think that Wallace Stevens was the better poet. Be that as it may, Eliot yearned for a world where we could “see it again for the first time.” Stevens and not Eliot is “The Man With the Blue Guitar,” yet Eliot has a point: Although I think he reached too far by trying to express and codify his theology in poetry, Original Sin has jaded our very nature. To “see it again for the first time” means, in part, I think, to see our very condition as new again. This is what Christ’s Plan of Salvation is all about. Adam & Eve, once fallen, became Alfred J. Prufrock, the “patient etherized upon a table,” and St. Ignatius of Antioch tells us that their sin alone did not get them expelled from the Garden of Eden; Rather, it was their self-righteousness before God after the sin that got them expelled—and jaded their vision.
    But we do know this much: It seems to be implied throughout the Genesis Narrative that God intended to enter human History, sin or no sin. It would have been better had we not sinned; Yet Christ entered human history regardless. This is the God of Awe and Wonder we have been blessed with.
    No other religion in the History of the World can claim—or imagine—such a God!

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    • Wow, Steven—we’ve read the same, meandered into the same author’s works(probably for the same reasons) and came up with the same ending! You’ve stated it so well! Thank you for putting it into words so eloquently!

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  10. And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

    15The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

    I find the constant use of the words us and our when the lord is speaking, curious. But the most telling and curious thing is, the lord did lie to adam and eve. They did not die upon eating the fruit but instead was just like the snake had told them. Their eyes became open and they became like god, knowing good and evil.
    I am not advocating for the devil in any way. I believe in the light and all things good. I also believe that knowledge brings peace and enlightenment while ignorance breeds hatred and chaos. Which makes this whole thing perplexing.
    One could argue that by eating the fruit they condemned mankind to a mortal life, and by that making the lords statement true. However there is no indication mankind was not always mortal even in the garden. But one cannot deny that the snakes statement was entirely accurate.

    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.”

    Which god himself stated. And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

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    • With regard to:
      “I find the constant use of the words us and our when the lord is speaking, curious. But the most telling and curious thing is, the lord did lie to adam and eve. They did not die upon eating the fruit but instead was just like the snake had told them. Their eyes became open and they became like god, knowing good and evil.”

      The “we” usage denotes more than one party to the conversation, as the word was with god from the beginning, yes, the word made everything that was made. So when there’s a “we” in the bible quoting almighty YHWH, it’s referring to YHWH almighty and his son Yahshuah – who people call Jesus.

      As to the not dying immediately after eating the fruit, in a sense they were spiritually slain and poisoned and they handed this poison down to us all, if you read the Books of Adam and Eve you’ll understand the point, because what we are right now is nothing like Adam and Eve were in the garden even though their dna is alive in us from their day.

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    • Hi Marcella, The first few chapters of Genesis use language that is challenging to many. Here’s one that is agreed as easy to answer. The Lord’s statement that “you shall surely die” if you eat the fruit was absolutely true. When they ate the fruit they ushered death into the world or at least the human family. And they immediately experienced a spiritual death.

      And that’s just the 3rd chapter. The 1st chapter of Genesis invites and challenges even more speculation. The first 13 chapters of Genesis are highly challenging, and unavoidable because they form a basis for both the Jewish and the Christian worldview.

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  11. The never-ending lie started by Woody the woodpecker Wilson in 1913

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  12. Those are good arguments that for some, explain the surely you will die part. Im not entirely convinced.I do not believe that mankind is spiritually dead, although it feels that way in this day in age at times. Is that what you mean by ushered in death? The spiritual death?

    The we part about it being both god and jesus, why would he be referring to jesus in Genesis when he didn’t exist yet? some say its the holy spirit. But then who were the others in the city of Nod?

    To quick and easy to dismiss the plural grammar the lord himself uses.

    But both the snake and the lord said the same thing ; Become like god and know good and evil. The snake did not lie to eve, he told her the truth and the fruit brought her knowledge and she became like god and knew good and evil. The lord even says this himself.
    I just find it very interesting that the lord would want to keep mankind in a state of eternal ignorance. While the snake would want knowledge to be given to mankind.

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    • Who ever told you God wants people in ignorance must’ve been a practicing satanist, that’s their typical schpeil, and not the least bit true. Behold mankind is not immortal and does die, proof enough that what was said was legitimate… the devil as the snake did not want man to have knowledge, he wanted mankind to be destroyed.

      Christ has always existed, that’s the point, and thus why the “we” is said, Christ is the one that formed the earth, per the Gospel of John, as Christ is the “Word”…. if you’ve been reading occultic texts you might want to discard them, as they only have some common sense bits, and other tidbits thrown in to make the lies be accepted by the reader, otherwise there is no knowledge, wisdom, or understanding in them, pick up an actual Bible instead.

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