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Genesis 3:1a

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[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 3:1a . . Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.[/B]

Probably no other creature in the Bible provokes so much skepticism as the Serpent. It just smacks of mythology. But this particular serpent was no ordinary reptile. It was indeed a remarkable creature. Not only was it capable of language, and able to communicate on a very sophisticated level with human beings, but it had an exceptional IQ too. It grasped the significance of a supreme being, and totally understood the workings of human nature and the human mind. No mere animal is capable of that degree of insight, cognition, and communication.

The final book in the New Testament confirms the Serpent's true identity, and it is none other than the dark spirit being well known to everyone as the Devil and Satan. (Rev 20:1-3).

According to Christ, Mr[B].[/B] Serpent was in the world from the very beginning; and his stock in trade was murder and deception right from the get go. (John 8:44)

Since Rev 20:1-3 has not yet come to pass, then the Serpent remains at large and very active in today's modern world. It is highly skilled at mental suggestions: secretly guiding mankind along a road to self destruction. It is the source of much of the world's political tensions, and certainly the impetus behind all large scale anti-Semitic agendas.

I have never seen the Serpent myself; nor would I care to. But I know from Matt 4:1-11 that Christ saw it, and spoke with it. From that passage it's obvious that the Serpent is capable of human speech, understands human needs and weaknesses, believes in the existence of the Bible's God, understands the concept of worship, a master of sophistry, understands the Bible, and understands the advantages of manipulating human minds, and world power.

The Serpent certainly wasn't squeamish about tempting the Son of God to sin; so it should come as no surprise that it wouldn't hesitate to entice a little nobody like Eve. But Eve was extremely strategic; she was the high ground in the battle for men's minds, because Eve was destined to be the mother of all subsequent human beings. If the Serpent could get to the root of humanity, it would surely gain control over the entire human race; and it did. (Eph 2:1-3)

The Serpent seems possessed with a strange, criminal mentality: beyond comprehension. But then, so are pedophiles, serial killers, uni-bombers, ISIS extremists, terrorists, and men like Son of Sam and Jack the Ripper. Those kinds of criminals are psychopathic prisoners of dark minds clouded with unnatural inclinations. The Serpent, though surely an incredible genius; is nonetheless an evil genius; not unlike the nefarious masterminds in action comics.

Five elements of psychopathy are evident in the Serpent's behavior.

(1) Callous unconcern for the feelings of others.

(2) Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships.

(3) Reckless disregard for the safety of others.

(4) Deceit and dissembling; viz: repeated lying and conning others for profit.

(5) Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors.

If those elements sound familiar it's because they're the all-too-typical management practices of corporations the likes of ENRON, Nike, Nestlé, Bechtel, Union Carbide, Shell Oil, and Monsanto. Wall Street is especially brutal. I watched a trader interviewed in a documentary who said that his first reaction-- upon seeing the Twin Towers aflame in 2001 --wasn't concern for the families and friends of the 2,300 killed and missing; but rather he inwardly exclaimed: Oh m' Gawd! What will that do to the price of gold?! In that man's mind, a catastrophe isn't a tragedy, no, it's an opportunity. Future's traders are very attuned to things like that; and in their world: nice guys really do finish last.

The garment industry in particular, stands out as the poster child of psychopathic management practices: a veritable jewel in the Serpent's crown.

What we see in human nature often mirrors the Serpent's own dark personality. But the origin of the Serpent's twisted mind is really puzzling. How did it get that way? Was it a birth defect? Did it bump its head? I don't know; but one thing is for sure though: the Serpent's fondness for deceit is living proof that angels are not mindless robots created to obey the will of God without thought or question. No; they too have a mind of their own, and the freedom of choice between good and evil-- the very same choices that Man is at liberty to exercise. Satan chose poorly, and his human counterparts oftentimes do too.

The event recorded in this third chapter is a bit of an enigma. The reason being that not only can the Bible's God see the future as if watching a video recording, but He's also fully capable of manipulating it. In other words; the event in this chapter wasn't unexpected; and God could have, had He wished, easily prevented it.

In point of fact, Christ was already assigned the task of giving his life for the sins of the world before there even was a world (1Pet 1:20, Rev 13:8). For that reason, God's enemies often complain that humanity was set up to fall, and that it was actually God's wishes that the Serpent succeed in pulling humanity down just so Christ could die for it.

People are upset with creation's God for not stepping in and preventing the so-called original sin. But they need to remember that humanity holds the rank of a king on this earth and has the God-given authority to conduct its own affairs as a sovereign (Gen 1:26, Gen 1:28, and Ps 82:6). Besides; does anybody really want to live in a micro-managed Big Brother society? I don't think so. But that's the logic behind just about every product liability lawsuit.

Rather than taking the bull by the horns and doing something to cure humanity's propensity to destroy itself, product liability lawsuits go after suppliers who provide the means for humanity to destroy itself. Well; I'm sorry but God gave humanity the liberty to destroy itself; and actually, that's the way many of us prefer it because we want to make our own choices rather than have I-know-what's-best-for-you fanatics limit the choices available to us.

Recently, in the county where I live in Oregon, a drive-thru coffee hut opened for business where the coffee is brewed and served by female baristas clad with little more than pasties and scanty bikini bottoms. The girls can't be seen from a pubic thoroughfare. Patrons can only see the girls by driving up to the window. Well; local do-gooders went on the war path and began pressuring the city to close the coffee hut due to its being (they claimed) a nuisance, pornographic, unprofessional, unsafe, contrary to religious and family values, objectifies women, degrades the neighborhood, indecent, and a bad influence on children.

But city officials refused to close it because the coffee-hut hotties weren't doing anything illegal-- they weren't performing lewd acts nor were they soliciting prostitution. Also; they were indoors rather than out in public and they weren't violating any local health codes. As an editorial in the Oregonian so aptly pointed out: Those who prefer fully-dressed baristas have plenty of choices of places to buy their coffee. In other words: If you don't like your morning latte brewed and served by nearly-naked girls, then get your coffee elsewhere and leave the coffee hut to folk who don't mind some skin with their beverages.

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