“Through the reading of popular scientific books, I soon reached the conviction that much in the stories of the Bible could not be true. The consequence was a positively fanatic orgy of freethinking coupled with the impression that youth is intentionally being deceived by the state through lies; it was a crushing impression” – Albert Einstein (pg. 20 of ‘Einstein – His Life and Universe)
Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing. — I Kings 18:21
Genesis 3:1 says, Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, You must not eat from any tree in the garden?”
Authoritarianism teaches that the ENTIRE Bible is the word of God. Authoritarianism is against individual freedom. Authoritarianism is a form of communism. Those who believe in the apocalypse believe in a community of one universal order. A universal order is a form of communism.
It’s interesting, if you stop and think about it, why did the serpent say, “Did God really say..?” That implies that the serpent overheard God make a rule or command not to do something.
In my opinion, the Serpent and God are part of the same, whole. First, it’s ridiculous to believe that a serpent can talk in the first place. Anyone who believes an animal can speak intellectually with a human understanding may have a mental illness. Second, how did the serpent know what God spoke? And, assuming God spoke, in the first place, how would a human recognize speech, which they had rarely heard leading up to that point. Third, God didn’t ask Eve what she thought about the rule; it was the serpent who challenged Eve to think. Eve then had a choice; either be a robot and submit to authoritarianism or be a human and accept responsibility for her own actions. Fourth, have you ever read Aesop Fables?
Perhaps, the Serpent and God are metaphors of the brain; left and right hemispheres.
“There is a crack in everything. That is how the light gets in.” – singer/poet Leonard Cohen