Lies

May 15, 2018

“Gradually, the idea that mankind has the capacity to discern its own truth gradually regained ascendancy. Today, we are once again living in a world where the ancient lie rules. Scientific materialism and secular humanism openly attack the truth which Christ and His apostles taught…Saint Paul’s words (Acts 17:22-32) undercut the Athenians’ basic assumption that the ultimate truth about life can be found by men through reason, using trial and error. We recall that in the Garden of Eden the serpent suggests this very approach, promising Adam and Eve “you will be like gods” (Gn 3:5).” (Dynamis 5/15/2018)

 

“The Scriptures advise: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, / And lean not on your own understanding” (Prov. 3:5). This admonition takes us back to the Genesis account where Adam and Eve fell prey to their own reasoning. Genesis says that Eve “saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise” (Gen. 3:6). They both gave into the temptation of questioning God’s love and provision for them. Ultimately they believed God was withholding something from them that they could attain on their own. Instead of finding wisdom, they discovered the shame and bondage of their own understanding.” (Kevin Scherer)

 

 “The author of the Book of Proverbs lists seven things God hates: “A proud look, / A lying tongue, / Hands that shed innocent blood, / A heart that devises wicked plans, / Feet that are swift in running to evil, / A false witness who speaks lies, / And one who sows discord among brethren” (6:17–19). Pride is given first place. “Pride goes before destruction, / And a haughty spirit before a fall” is another insight in the Book of Proverbs (16:18). In the Garden of Eden, Satan seeks to animate pride in his dialogue with Eve. Eat the forbidden fruit, he tells her, and “you will be like God” (Genesis 3:5).” (Jim Forest)

 

“Satan used a sincere motive to tempt Eve, telling her that she would be like God if she ate the fruit. It wasn’t wrong of Eve to want to be like God. To become more like God is humanity’s highest goal. It is what we are supposed to do. But Satan misled Eve concerning the right way to accomplish this goal...to become like God is not the same as trying to become God." (Life Application Study Bible, Genesis 3:5)

 

“Give the light of understanding to the eyes of my heart... Grant me compunction and contrition of heart, humility in my thoughts, and a release from the slavery of my own reasonings.” (A Prayer to the Theotokos)

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