"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices". (II Cor.2:11)
The devil (Satan) is the author of deception. Yahshua called him the father of lies. (John 8:44) Most of us are under the impression that he only deceived Eve into eating of the fruit that YaHWeH had forbidden them to eat. That is however not the full truth. He first deceived Eve by twisting the words that YaHWeH had spoken. He quoted YaHWeH's words to Eve, but in his quote he added to those words and took away from them at the same time. In responding to Satan, Eve did exactly the same. She replied by speaking the twisted words. This is the power of suggestion, and Eve fell for it hook, line and sinker.
Let's look at the Scriptures and learn from his deceiving strategy so that we will be prepared and be able to refute lies with truth.
"And YaHWeH Elohim took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And YaHWeH Elohim commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die". (Gen.2:15-17)
When Moses wrote this account in the Hebrew language under the inspiration of the Spirit, he twice introduces the speaker by His Name and title; YaHWeH Elohim. Here I have transliterated these two words from Hebrew into English. But in our English translations they have been translated inaccurately as LORD God. Both these "translated" words have their origin as the names of pagan deities. Now notice how Satan deceived Eve.
"Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which YaHWeH had made, and he said to the woman, 'Is it true that Elohim has said, 'Do not eat of every tree in the garden'?" (Gen.3:1 The Scriptures)
Do you see what happened? First of all, that crafty snake conveniently "forgot" to mention the Creator's Name YaHWeH. Secondly he deliberately distorts what YaHWeH had said. In quoting YaHWeH he uses exactly the same words YaHWeH had used, but in a different order, thus changing the meaning completely. YaHWeH had said; "You may eat of every tree in the garden except..." The devil says to Eve that YaHWeH had said; "Do not eat of every tree in the garden..."
Eve falls into his trap, and at his "suggestion" also refrains from using the Name of YaHWeH. Not only that, she then goes even further and actually adds her own words to YaHWeH's words.
"And the woman said to the serpent, 'We are to 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, Elohim has said, 'Do not eat of it, nor touch it, lest you die.' " (Gen. 3:2-3 The Scriptures)
"Nor touch it..." are Eve's own words that she added. This was the start of adding to and taking away from the Word of YaHWeH. It was most serious then, in that it caused the "FALL" of the human race. It is just as serious today, in that the same tactics of the same enemy will cause the "GREAT FALL FROM THE TRUE FAITH" in the last days that 2 Thess. 2:3 speaks of.
In part 4, how did the Scriptures originate?
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