One of the first recorded moments of “struggle” in the bible, the enemy had two tactics he used to wear Eve down.
1: He tried to get her to question what God said to them.
“… Did God actually say you couldn’t eat from any tree in the garden?”
He knew that wasn’t what God said, but he wanted Eve to question what God said. To get her thinking about the words. She knew what he said to them, she even told the servant exactly what God told them. They could eat from any tree just not THAT tree.
2: The serpent used TRUTH to confuse Eve. He distorted the truth to the point where the original message didn’t make that much sense any more.
But the serpent said to the woman ” you will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God. Knowing good and evil.”
At this point Eve is seeing his point of view. She started to focus on the “truth” that was said, instead of the truth God had told her. She lost sight of the big picture. Only seeing the snippet the enemy placed in front of her.
And it was truth, distorted to make his point of view seem better. It was still a truth.
The lord God said “behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever…”
The truth can be distorted to make a different point of view seem better. Taken out of context and twisted to prove a different point. God told Adam and Eve that if they ate of the tree they would surely die. They didn’t drop dead as soon as they ate the fruit, they lost something in that very moment though. Death is not always a physical death. The moment they ate, their innocence died. They felt shame. A little part of them died inside and they wanted to hide from God. The bond that they had with God, being so close in the garden, that died the moment they decided to eat the fruit.
The enemy loves distorted truths. They get a rise out of us almost immediately. He can take a moment when we acted out of selfishness and distort it into us believing that we’re better than everyone. Or a moment when someone treated us terribly in their selfish moment and have us believing we’re worthless.
There are so many ways that the truth gets distorted. We need to keep our eyes on the big picture. To keep the real truth hidden in our hearts, where no one can change it.
I hope that together we can help keep the truth of who we are in Christ, directly in front of each other’s eyes. To help each other see through the distortion to the true beauty of the truth.