The Father of Lies

The story of Adam and Eve that is narrated in the opening chapters of the Bible (Genesis 2-3) is well-known. Many believe it, many do not. The story is basically simple: After God had created the heavens and the earth, he created the first man Adam and then the first woman Eve. God had created a garden named Eden as a paradise for them to enjoy. Everything was available to them except that God had commanded them not to eat the fruit of a particular tree and warned that if they ate it they would die. Adam and Eve would have continued to taste God’s goodness, but for the entry of the Devil into the story.

The Devil or Satan, who appeared in the form of a serpent, first planted doubt in Eve’s mind and then told a lie that she would not die even if she ate that fruit. Eve did eat the forbidden fruit and so did Adam later. With that lie, Satan led Adam and Eve, and eventually all humanity, to death. God had to send his son Jesus Christ to be the saviour of mankind through his own death on the cross.

Even in the present age, Satan continues to mislead people with his lies by entering their minds. What he says, and the manner in which he says it, convinces people that his lie is truth. He compels them into believing that they would not suffer if they break laws. He entices people to use his methods of deceit and spread lies on his behalf. What he did to Adam and Eve, he continues to try with everyone today. The Bible warns us to be alert and of sober mind as the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. We have to resist him, standing firm in the faith. We should cast all our anxiety on God who cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7-9)

Jesus described the Devil as the father of lies in whom there is no truth at all. (John 8:44) Lord Jesus himself is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Those who know Jesus will know the truth, and the truth will set them free (John 8:32).

 

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