Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Devil Always Has The Same Ruses in Nature.

“This Adam and Eve story, with the snake capable of speech and possessing of powers of deception if not seduction, what exactly is the theological interpretation from your denominational perspective?"
In my opinion, it was a real snake. If it wasn’t a real snake, the judgment for it to crawl on its stomach would not have had snakes crawling now for life. It is possible to doubt that snakes do not speak because snakes are not known to speak. However, donkeys do not speak either; meanwhile, we saw the donkey of Balaam speak (Num 22:21-38). With God, anything is possible.
Nonetheless, from the time of the divine punishment, its speech pattern is made to conform to its nature. Every presentation of the snake in the Bible theretofore becomes allegorical as supported by the use of the root word /nachash/ due to its hissing. That is the sound that snakes make. Figuratively, it shows someone who does not like what they are hearing. So, does the devil like hearing anything from God? Is that not why Lucifer fell from grace and is cast down as Satan? This draws us to the scenario between the serpent and Jesus in the wilderness (Mt 4:4-11; Lk 4: 1-13). He tried to reroute and derail the salvific plan from God through Jesus by using the very same techniques he used on Adam and Eve. 

1.      Adam and Eve (3:6)
A.    The tree was good for food.
B.     It was pleasant to the eyes.
C.     A tree to be desired to make one wise.

2.      In the Days of Jesus in the wilderness (Mt 4:3-10 )
A.    Command that these stones be made bread. (Good for food).
B.     If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down. (Pleasant to the eyes).
C.    All these things will I give thee(pride of life)

3.      In the Days of John and nowadays (I Jn 2:15-16).
A.    The lust of the flesh.
B.     The lust of the eyes.
C.     The pride of life

Nonetheless, the serpent is used as a metonym for Satan as the Apostle John underscores, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”   (Rev 12:9). The revelation is foreshadowed in the very first verse of its introduction in chapter three. It does not compare the Serpent with “any other” beast but simply any beast which creates a vacuum of physical existence. This anthropomorphic usage is for didactic purposes to enhance the Devil’s motif of rebellion.
It is mindful to remember that although Animal Farm is an allegory, it epitomizes the Russian Revolution. Consequently, the biographical tale about Adam, Eve and the Serpent in Genesis, even if allegorical, uses the characters in their primary forms of existence. Man has a body and so Adam and eve are presented in their bodies and the devil is primarily a spirit and so is presented in his form of hissing serpent.  

Until then, this is my position!

St Arrey of Ntenako

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