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The Mystery of Man
unable to do for ourselves. In other words, God fights
our battles for us.
Rejecting God's Law and Government
But instead Adam chose a different kind of knowledge–
he took TO HIMSELF the knowledge of good as well as evil.
He relied wholly on himself-both for the KNOWLEDGE as
well as power of performance of good as well as evil. He
REJECTED reliance on God and chose the course of
SELF-reliance. The only righteousness he could acquire
was SELF-righteousness, which to God is like filthy rags.
Adam and Eve took of the tree of "the knowledge of
good and evil." Taking of its fruit was taking
the knowledge of what is good, and what is
evil-deciding for themselves what is right and what is
sin. This, of course, meant rejection of Goo's LAW, which
for them
the right and the wrong.
The glorious archangel Lucifer, as God originally
created him, was the pinnacle of God's creative power in a
single being. Few today remotely realize the great power,
now turned to cunning deception, possessed by Satan.
Apparently Adam completely underestimated him.
The wily Satan got to Adam through his wife Eve.
He did not say, "CHOOSE MY WAY!" He appeared as a
subtile serpent. He cleverly deceived her.
He put DOUBTS in her mind about God's veracity.
He put a sense of injustice and resentment within her.
He deceived her into believing God had been
unfair-selfish. He subtilely injected vanity of mind. He
misled her into thinking it was
to take of the
forbidden fruit.
Adam, not deceived, nevertheless went along with
his wife. With her, he took to himself the determination
of what is right and what is wrong-thus DISBELIEVING
what his Maker had said, REJECTING God as Savior and