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(Part 29)


February 13, 2015
Today’s reading: Genesis 3:1-8

Modernists live out today what we can call “the lie.” It is the oldest lie in the world. It is what New Agers propagate today. It is the lie of the serpent. The snake tempted Eve, coaxing her to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which God had forbidden. “You certainly will not die! God knows well that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, who know good and evil.” (v.4-5).

What is the lie? That we can be like gods. In relation to the forbidden fruit, this specifically refers to throwing off God’s dominion and commandments, and asserting autonomy and control over personal morality. Man is now the determiner of what is right and wrong.

That is what is happening today. Divorce, abortion, same-sex marriage are all abominations, but more and more the “Christian” western world has legalized these and are imposing them on the whole world. Sex and human pleasure have become the most important for happiness (just keep sex safe, folks).

“The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes” (v.6a). Sex of course is very appealing. That is part of God’s design, for love between spouses and for procreation. But sex outside God’s design is deadly. This is not only due to STDs, HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancies (then leading to abortion), hedonism, pornography, prostitution, human trafficking, etc., but illicit sex destroys the very relationship between man and woman. Woman becomes a sex object. Man only looks to selfish satisfaction, without commitment to the woman or to a family.

When God created man and woman, they had a harmonious relationship, and it was one of purity. “The man and his wife were both naked, yet they felt no shame.” (v.2:25). The serpent told Eve that if she ate of the fruit, “your eyes will be opened” (v.5a). Indeed. But not in the way that the devil promised. “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.” (v.7). Their sin resulted in their loss of innocence and purity.

At least Adam and Eve, realizing they had done wrong, “hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (v.8b). Today those who profess to be arbiters of their own morality show no shame at all (do they even speak of morality?). They openly flaunt their sin. They no longer have any reference to the God who created them. They have spat in the face of God.

Today the serpent is much bolder, has gained much territory, and holds the world under its dominion. Today the enemy’s minions openly assault faith, subjecting Jesus, Mama Mary, the crucifix, the rosary, etc., to demonic desecration and contempt.

Today the serpent has already decimated most of the Protestant churches, making them accept contraception, divorce, abortion and same-sex marriage. Now only the last bastion remains, and that is the holy Roman Catholic Church (the Orthodox churches are generally still OK too). But the serpent has already infiltrated the Church. There are modernists, even at high levels.

Homosexual relationships, as long as they are loving and committed, is OK? Living in, as long as it is loving and committed, is OK? It used to be called living in sin, but now they dropped the sin altogether! Being in an irregular union is OK as far as receiving holy communion?

The lie: you will know good and evil. The truth: you will call evil good and good evil.
The lie: you certainly will not die. The truth: you are dead in sin and destined, without repentance, to eternal death in hell.
The lie: you will be like gods. The truth: you are cut off from God, and you have become the children of the father of lies.

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