I had avoided this topic, though I have wanted to cover it a few times now, as not to offend any potential readers. Today sucked for me so I really don't care anymore. And if you find offense in what is to follow I think maybe you need to open your mind some more and stop looking at the world through such narrow focus, and above all else start thinking for yourself and stop just believing the propaganda they have been filling your head with your entire live.
The serpent in the garden of Eden:
Get yourself a bible and read very closely Genesis 3. I'll wait don't worry.
OK now read it again and look at these verses: Genesis 3:1-6, & 13
How exactly did the serpent beguile the woman, whom has not been named yet I'd like to point out for no particular reason? The serpent asked the woman a question, received her answer and then made a true statement. And yet tradition has us believing that the serpent is the devil and deceived and tricked Eve into eating the apple, though the bible never actually says apple.
You know who I noticed lies in this story? God. Don't believe me that God lies? Take a look back at Genesis 2:17 "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. " Yet both Adam and Eve eat from that tree and survive.
Seems to me that God is the liar and deceiver of this story not the serpent and yet the serpent gets cursed by God. Genesis 3:14-15 "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. "
It seems to me that God is punishing the serpent for doing no real wrong. After all the text doesn't say anything about the serpent eating from that tree or even telling Eve to eat from it. All the serpent did was point out God's lie.
Now the question is why did God lie about it in the first place. The text gives an interesting clue in Genesis 3:22 "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever."
So who is God talking to? This is another of those interesting points in the bible where God says "us" seemingly talking about other beings of equal standing as God. I also find it interesting to note that God never forbade Adam from eating from the tree of life and only worried about it after he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It is at this part of the story that humans get kicked out of the garden and angels get posted to guard the garden with a flaming sword. God most really be worried about immortal humans with the knowledge of good and evil and how that would make us just like him.
Anyway please feel free to comment and tell me how I have it all wrong or whatever. But as far as I can tell from reading the text available God is a liar and the serpent got a bum rap.