Lies, Lies, Lies

“No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5 HCSB

It is election time and it seems that most politicians will say anything to get elected. I recently watched a video clip of a candidate who in 2004 was against same-sex marriage and stated that marriage was designed for a man and a woman. Now she is totally in favor of same-sex marriage. It would not be politically correct for her to be against same-sex marriage today and could easily cost her votes. So, either she was lying in 2004 or she is lying now.

It seems that in our culture telling the truth is no longer valued. Today people lie about their income so as to not pay taxes. Others lie about sales figures to receive a bonus or job promotion. Some people justify their lying by saying that everyone does it. My father always told me that a man is only as good as his word.

In these two verses Satan was lying to the Eve. He was deceiving her by telling her lies. He told her that she would become like God. There is nothing wrong with striving to become more like God, but Satan told Eve to disobey God to become like God. Disobeying God will never lead us to become more like Him. Satan tempted her with the same temptation he used with Jesus in the wilderness; “Do this and you will become like God.” Satan tempted Eve to become her own god and disobey the One true God. In so doing, she could decide what was best for herself.

Challenge: Satan is the master of lies and will try to deceive you. God knows what is best for you. Trust Him and follow His instructions in the Bible. Never disobey God; but if you do, know that God still loves you and will forgive you. Always tell the truth, even if it means you will reap negative results, miss a promotion, or lose a job.

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