If I told you that it was a snake who told a lie to a woman (the first one in the world!) which started the whole trouble with our words, would you believe it?
If I am not convinced that this is true it is going to be very hard to make any war on my words. No one changes the way they talk because of some tall tale involving a snake, do they?
According to the bible in Genesis 3, a serpent tempted Eve to eat the fruit by asking: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?'”
He grew more audacious later and said: “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.”
Even if you are not a Christian, you might have already heard the rest of the story. Eve ate the fruit and gave it to her husband who also ate even though God told him expressly not to do so. Sin broke out because they disobeyed God and all of us have been in trouble since.
The more I read it the more incredible it seems. Of course it is very good storytelling — it has all the elements of a good vs. evil plot — but is it true? Does it sound like an extract from the bestseller shelf in the tweens section of Borders; could it really be the explanation for all our woes?
Have you ever stopped to think if such an account is believable?
And if you do not believe it how would you explain man’s condition and the trouble that we face in getting along?
Maybe for some of us the trouble with our words (and with changing it) begins with what we believe.