“Christianity and the Great Deception | Did God Really Say So?” shares examples from Genesis and other Books of the Bible. God’s instructions to obey are clear.
He created mankind to have a relationship with Himself. But, he didn’t want a pre-programmed robotic response. Therefore, he gave us free will coupled with His instructions to guide us.
Notwithstanding, Adam and Eve chose to discredit His Word and made the greatest mistakes of their lives. Subsequently, the entire humanity suffered. But, it doesn’t end there.
God foreknew this would happen, so He made provision to redeem humanity in the fullness of time.
The Great Deception | In the Garden of Eden
Here’s an account from Genesis 2:16-17 and 3:1-5.
God commanded Adam, “… Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
But, look at how the deception started, “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall thou touch it, lest thou die.”
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day thou eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
This is where the great deception first took place. But, that’s not all. The deceiver has continued to use similar tactics in deceiving mankind to doubt God’s Word. As a result, they believe they know more than He does.
However, God continues to speak to us through His Word and His Holy Spirit in the earth. Furthermore, He has given each of us a conscience to know when something isn’t right. But, we can choose to ignore that as well.
Post-fall Deception | Old Testament Accounts
The Book of Judges 17:6 and 21:25 states that people did what was right in their own eyes. And, there are several other verses stating the same thing.
What are some things they were doing that displeased God? And, what does He have to say about their actions? Let’s take a look at the Book of Proverbs.
- This verse advises against wisdom in one’s own eyes. It also emphasizes the fear of the Lord and avoiding evil. – 3:7
- The Lord detests pride, falsehood, and violence against the innocent. – 6:17
- It’s folly to those who trust entirely in their own judgment. In contrast, those who seek and heed counsel are wise. – 12:15
- What appears to be right can lead to destructive consequences. – 14:12
- Some people are conceited and think they are wise. However, such persons are harder to correct than a fool. – 26:12
The List Goes On | New Testament Accounts
- Galatians 5:19 – This verse lists some behaviors associated with living according to the flesh. It highlights the need for a virtuous life.
- Romans 1:22 – People may claim to be wise. Notwithstanding, they have become foolish by rejecting God’s truth.
- And, Romans 8:5 – Some people’s mindset is focused on worldly desires. In contrast, others are guided by the Spirit of God.
- Romans 8:7 – This verse explains that a mindset dominated by worldly desires is hostile toward God’s laws. In fact, it cannot submit to them.
- John 8:32 – Jesus speaks about the liberating power of knowing and following the truth. This implies that it leads to spiritual freedom.
God’s Wisdom and Knowledge. | Is AI a Solution for Humanity?
The deceiver has the ability to use technology to try to replicate God’s handiwork. And, how is that a possibility? You may have the preconceived idea that artificial intelligence (AI) can be superior to mankind.
Picture this, it’s undeniable that AI is programmed to hold much more information than an individual can. Furthermore, with the algorithms involved, they can go beyond what they are programmed to do.
Therefore, the concept is that they are capable of developing their own intelligence. While this may appear to be so, mankind in its fallen state is unable to recall unlimited amounts of information.
In contrast, AI with advancing technology will have the capacity to hold vast amounts of information. Naturally, it will attain a higher IQ than any individual. But, does that make it superhuman? Certainly, an individual cannot compete with this.
Likewise, no one can memorize every book in a library or the world at large.
Humans have the ability to use the knowledge that only the Creator of the university can allow. How then are we able to give AI the power to do more than God will allow him to do?
Most importantly, God’s wisdom and knowledge are incomparable to the wisdom of mankind and artificial intelligence. After all, who can stand against Him and prevail?
Conclusion | What God Says Must Come to Pass.
Jesus Christ, God’s sinless Son, is the sacrifice made to redeem us back to God the Father and Creator.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish but have everlasting life.”
It continues in verse 17, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”
God’s Word assures us of hope for humanity. However, free will allows individuals to accept or reject this offer. Nevertheless, God made provision for us to escape the deception still present in the world.
Let’s go back to the Garden of Eden and ask a few questions:
- First, what plans did God have for mankind if they had remained faithful to Him?
- Next, was there suffering and discontent before they gave in to the deception?
- Finally, what plans does God have to restore all things as He intended from the beginning?
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:19 KJV
Individuals choose to do what’s right in their own eyes. However, Jesus promises, “Behold, I will make all things new.” Revelation 21:5 KJV. All His promises are true. Therefore, they will come to pass.
Do you trust Him and obey His Word? “Christianity and the Great Deception | Did God Really Say So?” is an overview of what transpired in the Garden of Eden. Today, the same deception faces us in various forms.
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