Silence the serpent

For the lesson titled "Adam and Fallen Man" from April 30–May 6, 2012

This week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Adam and Fallen Man,” invites us to take a fresh look at the story of a talking serpent. Traditionally, many view the account of Adam and Eve and the serpent as a history of the downfall of humanity, but it’s actually a parable leading to the truth about God’s creation. As Science and Health puts it, “The purpose of the Hebrew allegory, representing error as assuming a divine character, is to teach mortals never to believe a lie” (p. 540, citation 4). 

The serpent’s beguiling position is that by disobeying God, “ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5, Responsive Reading). This supposed “mingling of good and evil,” this “philosophy of the serpent” (Science and Health, p. 269, cit. 7), was the ruin of Adam and Eve: “From Genesis to the Apocalypse, sin, sickness, and death, envy, hatred, and revenge,—all evil,—are typified by a serpent, or animal subtlety” (Science and Health, p. 564, cit. 27). But the Christ is the antidote to this poisonous lie: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (I Corinthians 15:22, cit. 19). The pure and simple truth is that “God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31, cit. 3). The serpent cannot corrupt us from this “simplicity that is in Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3, cit. 1). 

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