The Truth About the Lie
The Garden of Eden
The setting is the Garden of Eden. We start with the creation of Adam, found in Genesis 2:7 And the lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
8. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden: and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Here, we see that God has created Adam, and placed him in the garden of Eden. Reading verse 9, we see, there were two trees placed in the mist of the garden. Not only the tree of knowledge of good and bad, but also the tree of life.
15: And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16: And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17: 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.
Adam, has now been commanded; not to eat, of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He was told, that in the day he ate from the tree, He shall surely die. God did not give Adam, any hope of a future, after death. He simply said; for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Genesis: 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. But, God said that in the day thou eatest thou shalt surely die!
Has God lied? No! Hebrews 6:18 reassures us of this; That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
If God, has made good on His promise, there must be some reasonable explanation, for this assumed contradiction, and there is; 2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Genesis 5:5 says; Adam lived to be 930 years and old and he died. Adam, being less than 1000 years old, proves that God has told the truth. Remember Methuselah Genesis 5:27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died. Even the eldest person in history proves God's word to be found true.
Knowing now, that God has fulfilled His promise, to Adam, Let's move on and learn about Eve and the serpent.
The Creation of Eve
Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Genesis 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
God, has created, the woman from Adam's rib. Adam, has made an oath, before God to the woman. Notice, verse 25 says; they were naked and were not ashamed. Why not? They had not yet partaken, from the tree of knowledge of good and bad, meaning they knew no wrong, like a child they were innocent.
Now, let's take time to learn about, the serpent.Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil 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?
We can only conclude, that this is one sneaky snake, who immediately, questions Eve. Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Eve, had no discussion, with the serpent, until now. This means, that he knew the answer, before questioning Eve.
Genesis 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3. But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Remember, the commandment, God has given to Adam; thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Eve, has added; that it should not be touched, lest ye die. Now, here's the truth!
The serpent tells the lie, that, has mislead nearly the whole world. Genesis 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: We know this is a lie. No human has ever lived one thousand years, and one thousand years is a day to God.
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. This is not a lie, notice Genesis 3: 22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
We have now, determined the real lie. so what's the big deal? The big deal is.... There was no promise of life after death, until after the birth of Christ. Which means what?
Promise of Life by Resurrection
Let's go back to Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Notice, the breath of life, made the man a living soul. Meaning; If the man should lose the breath of of life, he would be a dead soul. It wasn't the soul, that brought the man to life. The man came to life, because God filled his nostrils, with the breath of life.
Let's, dissect this concept, for a moment. We cannot live, without the breath of life, which means, without it we are dead. This would mean 3 things; 1.) If our soul has a direct destination, after this life, then it will be meaningless, because our soul is dead.
2.) the resurrection would be void. There would be no need for the resurrection, mentioned in Acts 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a RESURRECTION of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 1 Corinthians 15:12,13 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no RESURRECTION of the dead? 13. But if there be no RESURRECTION of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
If we believe, Christ was ressurected from the dead, we must believe, in the ressurection to come. If we have a direct destination, for our soul, such as heaven or hell, than Christ has not risen. If Christ has not risen, once again we have been lied to.
See: Acts:10:37-43 That word, [I say], ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, [even] to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God [to be] the Judge of quick and dead.
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Understand this; If you do not believe, that Christ was resurrected, and do not believe in the resurrection, according to Acts 10-43, you cannot receive remissions of sin.
Christ died for the remission of our sins. John 3:16 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. Christ promise the resurrection:
John 5:28,29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
If we continue to believe, that something within us, leaves our body at death, and continues to live for eternity, we are believing the lie. The same lie, which, the serpent used to deceive Eve. The same lie, Satan uses, to deceive God's children, today.
Here's the truth about the lie; Satan the devil, has managed to mislead many. Believing the soul lives on through eternity, after an earthly death, is a lie.
I suppose, this is the readers' next thought;. If my soul doesn't go to heaven, then my spirit surely, must go?
There is a pretty simple answer to that one too. Genesis: 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. Notice that Adam died. No promise of life, no soul, leaving his body, no spirit moving onward, just dead.
Adam, was a sinful man, he was promised death by God, within one day, or within a thousand years, and that promise was fulfilled. Genesis 5: 27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died. Methuselah, also, not a man of God. just died.
What About My Spirit
Let's take a look, at some faithful men of God. see what they gave up, when they died. Genesis 5:28 Then Abraham GAVE UP THE GHOST, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full [of years]; and was gathered to his people. Genesis 35:29 And Isaac GAVE UP THE GHOST, and died, and was gathered unto his people, [being] old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
Those who lived the life of Christ, were led by the Holy Ghost. Even before Christ entered into the world. Today the Holy Ghost is referenced as the Holy Spirit. Matthew 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. To live in Christ, is to die in Christ. When dying in Christ, we give up the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit.
How do we live in Christ? Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. The Holy Ghost or Spirit is a gift from God to those who obey Him, where does the Holy Ghost go when we die?
Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 Also [when] they shall be afraid of [that which is] high, and fears [shall be] in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: 6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
When death has found us, and we have lived our lives in Christ, with the gift of the Holy Ghost leading our way, Verse 7 says: The dust shall return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. The dust is the soul of the man, from which he was formed. The soul that without the breath of life, is dead.
The spirit, is the Holy Spirit which is given to those who ask, and kept by those, who, live in Christ, and obey His commands, and upon the releasing of the breath of life, the Holy Spirit is returned to God, who gave it.
Determining the difference between, the soul and the spirit, tells us, the truth about the lie. The lifeless soul, rest in death until the resurrection. The gift of the Holy Spirit, is only borrowed 1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
What was the lie that the serpent told? Genesis 3: 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
God promised death as a reward for sin. Genesis 2:17 for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Christ promise death for sin.Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.