The Cunning of Evil

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 3-5.
Do not expect evil to appear as evil. Evil often appears as a friend. Look at the beginning of the first human sin, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden”?'” (Genesis 3:1). You know what happened next. Yet, it started in what appeared to be an innocent way. The serpent just asked the woman a question, and it may have appeared that he in innocence did not understand or did not quite follow God’s restriction. Of course, we know the serpent had ulterior motives, but that was not the way he made it appear.
She fell for it and you know the rest of the history of the world.
Dear friends, do not look for evil to appear as harmful. Evil wants you to believe that it shall not harm you but rather that it will help you.

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