What’s Wrong With banned Fruit? – Part 4 of 4

When tempted by Satan in the wilderness Jesus replied, “It is written, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every information that proceeds from the mouth of God”. Mt.4:4 In Part 4, I focus on Satan’s accusations against God, and how we agree with Satan whenever we indulge in our own version of “banned fruit”.

Who is God, That He Should Be Obeyed…?

Let’s revisit the conversation Satan began with Eve in the Garden of Eden, while using the serpent as a medium:

“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?'”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'”

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Gen 3:1-5.

Notice how Satan casts doubt upon God’s purposes – i.e., His motives, His truthfulness, and, ultimately, His authority, or, His right to place any restrictions on them. Notice also his accusations. God was a liar (you won’t die). He was unreasonable (did He indeed say you can’t?). He was holding them back out of His own self-interest (His true reason is He doesn’t want you to be like Him – a god), and He definitely couldn’t be trusted (eating the fruit will elevate you, and make you free ).

The War Against God and His Use of strength

People often read an event out of the Bible as if it’s simply a bedtime story, something “nice” like a Book of Virtues, but without any real relevance to their own day to day life. And nothing could be further from the truth. Because there is a war going on in the Universe, and it’s over the same issues now as it has always been. Namely – “what right does God have to tell us what we can and can’t do?” That’s what was really going on there in the garden, and it’s no different today.

There is on planet earth a Church of Satan, and his church has but one commandment — “Do as thou wilt.”

Each and every time you and I place our own wills or desires over the clear commandment of God we are casting a vote – either for God or for Satan – and we’re demonstrating who we believe and where we place our allegiance. And it doesn’t matter whether we do it knowingly or not. Actions speak louder than words, and it’s with our actions that we show our true opinion about God’s fairness, or at the very least His right to restrict our wants.

Choose Ye This Day…

So, who is telling the truth? Who has the better way? Well – let’s look at the evidence.

There are people in our society who aren’t big fans of obeying man’s laws, let alone God’s. You could say they live by the creed, “Do as thou wilt.” Let’s see, who lives like that?

How about the mob? Do members of the Mafia have any respect for the laws of the land? Is there any higher law than “do in any case you will”? It’s the ultimate lesson book of what life is like for those who have no higher law than “taking what I want” – “because I want it” – and “you can’t stop me.”

Compare that with the life that God requires. A life of self-sacrificing love. That’s His law. That we live as those who are equal in value, as those who care about the well being of others, more than worrying about ourselves. For anyone who thinks they’d just be a doormat for everyone else they’re missing the point. We’re talking about a world where everyone lived that way. Meaning there’d be no doormats, because when are all serving one another no one does anyone else any harm.

And that’s why Jesus came. He came to show us what love looks like. I’ll close this series with one of my favorite passages in all the Bible, followed by a parting thought.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God (other versions say, “did not consider it a thing to be grasped”, or “held onto”), but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in turn up as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, already the death of the cross. consequently God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow…and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” From Phil 2:5-11.

And my parting thought is also from Scripture. It’s found in Joshua 24:15. It says, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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