1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 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.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 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.
OK….maybe its a little cheap to take a shot at this one. I mean a talking snake….really.
But there are a few other things I’d like to point out. Christians always make it out this all happened because the snake lied. I don’t see that at all. God told Adam they would die the same day they ate this magical fruit. As far as I can tell, the snake was the honest one here. All he did was accurately describe the dilemma. How he got labeled the liar here escapes me. God was the one who said something that wasn’t true.
But this goes deeper….the magic part was that humans would gain knowledge of good and evil. Knowledge is never a bad thing. But there it is. The very first sin according to the Bible was doing something that increased your knowledge. How you you get any more anti-intellectual than that?
I guess God is the smartest, and he damn sure doesn’t want any competition.