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In the begining...

So according to the bible Adam and Eve where in the Garden of Eden. The snake/serpent talked and tempted. Eve ate, gave it to Adam, and he ate.

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How did the snake have knowledge that Adam and Eve did not?

If you believe in free will, and you consider the snake "evil", why?

How do YOU justify free will and sin?

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sugahmamma

Asked by sugahmamma at 11:38 AM on May. 1, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The snake was Satan, he had knowledge because he was Satan. His job was to tempt and lure Adam and Eve away from God. I do believe in free will, everyone has a choice. The snake IS evil, because he was SATAN. Free will is having the choice between right and wrong. Sin is choosing to do wrong despite knowing that it is wrong.
    TheDiva320

    Answer by TheDiva320 at 11:45 AM on May. 1, 2010

  • TheDiva320

    Why is Satan Evil to you? Why was the snake Satan? WIthout the snake could there have been a choice of right or wrong?
    sugahmamma

    Answer by sugahmamma at 11:55 AM on May. 1, 2010

  • Basically it sounds like that without Satan there would be no free will and that free will is a bad thing, according to the bible.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:37 PM on May. 1, 2010

  • Satan was created by God and he was an angel in heaven. He lied to Adam and Eve, so Im not sure he had extra knowlege, he just lied.

    He is evil because he challenged God and tempted Adam and Eve into disobeying God. What a turd.

    We inherit sin. We are born imperfect. We can gain knowlege about God and use our free will to follow him or not. Free will is genuine love.
    3gigglemonsters

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 1:34 PM on May. 1, 2010

  • okay.. 3giggles.. i'm pretty sure that we are no longer born with sin according to the bible, because that would then mean Jesus DID NOT die for our sins.

    two... OP free will was given before even adam and eve. to Gods angels. God created his angels, and created freewill.. in order to create free will you have to create right from wrong. in giving those options, you have to create what is wrong. Well basically God got pissed that someone didn't like the way he was playing his little games, and punish satan for trying to tell others that this was all basically a game. So he punish Satan and sent him on his way. Adam and Eve come along and Satan tells them what is up. The tree is the tree of knowledge. God doesn't want adam and eve to eat from it. He wants them to remain blissfully unaware. Satan believes they deserve the right to know.. continue.
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 2:26 PM on May. 1, 2010

  • It's not a battle of free will.. it was a battle over knowledge. What God believed we had the right to know verses what Satan believed.

    Knowledge is what is truly evil according to God, because it credits his downfall. Proves he's not what or who he seems to be.

    (personally in my eyes, it's just a story, but it reveals a great deal that a lot of people STILL blissfully overlook).
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 2:28 PM on May. 1, 2010

  • Before the fall there was no need for choice. Adam and Eve were as children. Innocent of good and evil. They walked with God, there was no separation between them. They had all of their needs met, had direct communion with God. Think of it as when our children are infants. They have no knowledge of good or evil. However as they begin to grow they have a will for their own way, good or evil. Are you saying that there is no good or evil? Just knowledge and knowledge is good by default? This is not true at all. If it were things in the modern world would be so much better than they are now with all of our technology. In reatlity, the more knowledge we have the more ways humans come up with to do evil. I'm not saying knowledge is a bad thing I am saying that it is a seperate thing. It is not the same as good or bad.
    NikkiMomof2grls

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 3:18 PM on May. 1, 2010

  • Easiest explaination I can think of. Just because you can do some thing does not mean you should.
    hot-mama86

    Answer by hot-mama86 at 3:52 PM on May. 1, 2010

  • "I'm not saying knowledge is a bad thing I am saying that it is a seperate thing. It is not the same as good or bad. "

    actually knowledge is a good thing.. it's being ignorant that scares me. When we are knowledgeable we at least have an opportunity to put to rest those with bad intentions. If we are ignorant, we can only be led by those with more intelligence, or blindly hide away from the truth, which in turn leads those who are actually evil to do more harm than good.

    it isn't a separate issue though. She asked if I believed the snake was evil. I explained why I didn't believe he was. That knowledge was actually the battle, not a simple good verses evil battle like many others interpret it.
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 6:34 PM on May. 1, 2010

  • say you have two children.. you and your husband can't agree which movie to put in first. An educational documentary for the children, or a silly comedy that has no morals or real meaning, it's just funny. Neither mom or dad is truly evil or truly good they are just looking at it as.. I know the kids want to watch the comedy, because it's funny, but this documentary is actually educational.

    Picture the tree as the same thing, and as God and the "snake" aka Satan, as the parents. One just wants them to sit down and relax and enjoy a funny movie, the other just wants them to expand their educations. So really no, IMO the snake wasn't bad. So mom (the snake) says educational film.. dad (God) says funny film.. and the kids are left to decide after hearing their parents out.. so they choose the educational film because they liked the duckies on the cover. continued
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 6:40 PM on May. 1, 2010

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