1 Apr 2020
Doubt and Delusion
Doubt and Delusion – the story of Adam and Eve
The fate of man started out with doubt and delusion, planted by the enemy of God into the minds of mankind. Satan was and still is the progenitor and protagonist of doubt and delusion having been the first to delude himself into thinking he is God, and he still lives under that delusion.
Our story, which is about Adam and Eve, is so detailed, plausible and human as it encompasses the full path a human walks to become delusional, evil and disconnected from God.
There are many others who walked this path with urgency, shame and self-infatuation such as most of the emperors of Rome, notable Commodus, Julius Caesar and Caligula. Others were Judas and most of the world leaders of our present time – and millions of plebs like us. It is a way to perdition, from which there is seldom any escape.
We pick up the story with these clear instructions from God to Adam and Eve:
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
All of a sudden we find Satan in the garden and this is what Eve told Satan when he coerced her into eating from that tree’s fruit:
He asked if God said: ‘Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’. This is not a question, it is an attempt to start doubt and delusion in Eve’s mind.
She answers the serpent: We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. We see clearly that the story Eve spins to Satan is quite different from the one she heard from God.
Most importantly, we need to know which steps they are going through during this excursion into evil and spiritual death.
Firstly we shall ask what Satan is doing in the garden. Their clear instruction was to dress it and keep it. The word keep can also be translated, as in other languages into ‘guard’ it. Satan had no business there and was not even allowed to go into the garden, but their first error was not guarding the Garden of Eden properly. Now that Satan is in, things are bound to get tougher.
Secondly, Satan does not tell them what he wants them to do – he first wants to find out what God had said to them, as he does not know that. If God speaks to you and me Satan cannot overhear that conversation, because it is holy words which cannot be heard by evil people. So Eve goes on and tells him the contents of God’s and her private conversation. We should never do that. What God says to us stays with us, unless God gives us instructions to deliver a message to a third party or group. I have received many such instructions.
Thirdly, Eve is totally delusional already, in the presence of Satan, as one can expect, and she tells him her distorted recollection of what God said. She says that they may eat of the fruit of the trees, whilst God said they may freely eat from any tree except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Secondly, she is now confused from which tree they may not eat. God’s words said clearly that the Tree of Life is in the midst of the garden, and that there was another tree, the position of which God never mentioned, but Eve tells Satan that the forbidden tree stood in the midst of the garden and she may not eat of it and neither touch it. God never said anything about touching it. It is inevitable that we will touch evil in our lives, but we should not eat it when Satan tries to feed us with it. She is now getting more and more confused as they go on.
Now that Satan knows her story and which tree she is talking about, he has his plan of deception ready for ingestion or indigestion by Eve. When Satan tries to talk to us, just block your ears. He has never had anything good to say of any subject or person. Deception, delusion and doubt are all he deals in.
Now comes the blow. Satan just dishes out a few words in a big lie and says: ‘You will surely not die’, which is quite correct if you see life as only a carnal one, but God spoke of the spiritual and eternal life. This is sowing doubt big time in Eve’s mind, and she is now ready to believe that as scripture says in 2 Thessalonians: And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.
The war is now lost. All that remains is for Adam and Eve to go into hiding and conjure up one or other useless excuse, which they did, when God hauled them out of their secret abode. You may wonder why God says to Adam: ‘Where are you!’ He does not ask Eve where she was. Adam is the head of that house and he is responsible to answer God. Secondly, God knows exactly where Adam is, but he asks this question as a siren call to Adam’s knowledge of where is he now spiritually. All Adam had to do was to consider his position, realize he is lost and bid God for forgiveness, but he chooses the delusional way Satan taught him.
God deals out punishment to all and sundry there and then, but also words of hope in that Satan’s head will one day be bruised. It is interesting to note here, that God did not kill Satan or bury him alive, like we want to do if someone trespasses against us. Even His arch enemy, Satan, gets three chances to repent before he will be cast into the bottomless pit with his cronies. The first chance was when he wanted to climb the hill of the Gods, when he was still in heaven. He was cast from heaven towards earth in a lightning stroke. The second one is where he was punished with the bruising of his head, a prophecy to the bruise he would sustain the day Jesus Christ died on the cross to become King of Kings. The third chance will be when Satan fights and loses the battle of Armageddon against Jesus Christ and is bound for a thousand years. But fools never learn. So his end will be as his works.
Some people are in doubt of what happened to earth in this rendezvous Adam and Eve had with Satan. The earth still belongs to God, that was never lost, but God only gave Adam and Eve dominion over all the living things on the earth. So that they sold down the river to Satan.
I wish to close with a few words on the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. I have written profusely about this tree in this blog and I know it so well. This is the tree philosophers and some scientists feed on. It is the tree which says that God lies, God does not exist as we have an explanation outside of God of everything. This wonderful planet and universe just happened, it was never created. It is a lie without limits. I have also been enticed to eat of that tree a few times. It had become bitter in my mouth and almost also in my soul.