Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” —Genesis 3:1–5
Notice the Enemy’s first question: “Did God really say …?” This is a question that human beings would have to answer in perpetuity. Did God really say that? Did God really mean that? Would God actually communicate that? Can God actually do that?
Doubt—questioning God—is the seed this event sowed in humanity. The doubts we experience today are the evidence of a historical reality that keeps us from seeing the other side of the coin—experiencing God. Doubt and experiencing God are polar opposites. The Enemy injected his venom so human beings would forever struggle with faith that leads to experiencing God.
Doubt is not a part of who we were or who we were meant to be. Philosophers, scholars, scientists and even theologians often base their careers on the question of the existence and nonexistence of God. The seed is indeed planted deep in all of us.
Notice the claim the Enemy makes in Genesis 3: “You will not certainly die.” First comes the question to raise doubt; second comes a statement totally contradicting God. Creating a barrier that breaks the relationship between God and humanity was the Enemy’s plan from the beginning. He did not want mankind to be in the divine state of completeness but to be in a state of restlessness like him. The Enemy knew that if the Spirit-to-spirit relationship were severed, the objective of influencing and controlling humanity would be achieved. Contradiction—forever planted—is not part of who we were or who we were meant to be. Countless books, speeches, dissertations, debates and discussions have brought arguments regarding the existence and nonexistence of God. Contradicting truth is the present evidence to a historical reality.
Lastly, the Enemy redefines human identity: “You will be like God.” This was the knockout punch. Doubt and contradiction were only body jabs. The real assault was on the personal identity of human beings. The Enemy knew that if he could get mankind to accept this desire to be like God, all other elements of creation would also fall. Humanity’s desire to become God, kill Him, or replace Him is the present evidence to a historical reality. This was not just a nail in the coffin; it was the hammer blow that created the need for a coffin!