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Satan said we we be gods...AS gods (not gods just as them), yet we were already made in the image of God.

Satan said our eyes would be opened  (aka enlightened – they were opened, knowing nakedness), why not just ask God? Does he not know everything? All we had to do was ask.

Satan said we wouldn’t die. He made us seek something we already owned: immortality.

Satan said we would know good and evil. WHY WAS IT NECESSARY TO KNOW THIS?

The worst part is that Adam and Eve were both present, both listened, both entertained the idea, and both ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil when they could have just told the serpent to go away. They had authority over all of the animals.

Genesis 1:26-28 (KJV)
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the
earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

How hard we fell. It was devastating. And all for a sham.

God is all knowing. That means he knows both that this would happen AND how to fix it. He als also all powerful capable to fix this.

One day Satan will be cast into the lake of fire.

Mathew 25:41 (KJV)
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

2 Peter 2:4 (KJV)
4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto
judgment;

Revelation 20:10
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Yes, Hell is bad. Yes, no one will ever be perfect enough to go to Heaven. That's the point. There is none righteous, no, not one. We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth  not. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through  him.

Even before Adam and Eve were created, God had promised Jesus would come.

Titus 1:2 (KJV)
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

God prophesied that Jesus would come.

Genesis 3:14-15 (KJV)
14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every
beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

If Satan and his angels (/demons) knew that Jesus would redeem people, reconcile them with God, save their spirits, rise from the dead and restore the key of death back to God, they would not have killed
him.

1 Corinthians 2:5-10 (KJV)
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the
wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for
them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 15: 12-22 (KJV)
12 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:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Up Next: The Restoration of Creation.


Revelation 21:1 (KJV)
21 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2 Peter 3:10-14 (KJV)
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Revelation 21:3-5 (KJV)
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Isaiah 11:6-9 (KJV)
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
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schizocatgirl264 Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I read in an Apocryphal book that God allowed evil to exist to prove that He alone is righteous on judgement day.

My friend said if that's true then a lot of people suffered just to prove a point!
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Firstly, I would like to let you know that this is one of a couple summaries (I am also thinking about writing another). There is a full lenght version and there have been two or three rewrites. This is the most recent iteration (the reason why I am directing you to it is because it is more in depth and you may want to read it):

Only By and Through Jesus and Not of Yourself============================
Note: All scripture is assumed to be KJV
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God, before Adam and Eve were created,  promised that Jesus would come (Titus 1:2) and immediately after Adam and Eve sinned he prophesied his coming. (Genesis 3:14-15).
Jesus came in the flesh (1 John 4:2-3, 2 John 1:7) with all the fulness of the Godhead dwelling in him bodily (Colossians 2:9-12), not for us to hide like Adam and Eve but for us to be no longer separated by sin and death from the presence of God: redeemed and reconciled.
Genesis 3:1-6 | Satan (Lucifer) in the form of a serpent (Revelation 12:9, 20:2, Ezekiel 28:13) said we would be as gods, yet we were already made in the image of God; our eyes would be opened, yet we could seek God; we wouldn’t die, yet we already possessed immortality and the tree of life; we would know good and evil, yet it was unnecessary to know this.
Though having dominion over all of the animals (Genesis 1:26-28), being capable to comma



From what I understand there was once evil but we did not obtain the knowledge of evil, there now exists active evil, and there will no longer be evil. Evil will be berid of.

We did not have the knowledge of evil and it was not nescessary to have. We also did not commit any criminal acts. There was once a time when man was very good and there was no reason to be otherwise. If we had told the serpent to leave, and did no sin, there would be no judgement. But we did and now we are in a fallen world. We deserve this.

It could not be any simpler than do not eat the fruit of this one tree or you will die. If Adam and Eve desired wisdom, they could have asked God the owner of all wisdom and he would have given freely unto them (James 1:5). It could not be any simpler than having faith. If we have faith in Jesus we will have abundant life.

Are we to sin, to make grace abound. No; God forbid. Are we to to evil so that Christ's righteousness abounds. No, God forbid. But if we do, we are not justififed by what we have done. By that we are cursed. We cannot live by the law and be righteous. By wanting to live by the law we forfeit Christ. There are two laws. The law which God introduced through Moses and the law of faith If we repent, confide in Jesus and confess with our mouths that Jesus is our saviour and Lord we are saved. Jesus does not dismiss the law but establishes it. We once were mere criminals who were servants to sin and could not be righteous. It is hopless, no? We, although it is all we can do, persist in sin because of the shame. Because of freedom do we sin more? We may because of the liberty, but God forbid. Because of freedom, we are made righteous and have the choice not to sin. It is empowering. We are overjoyed and rejoicing.

We should run and hide: we are criminals and should escape the sight of God (there must be an incredible fear if one would want to avoid God). No. Jesus came so that we can return to the presence of God. We should be open to him and seek to be closer to him. Besides, he already knows our sins. What is the value in hiding theme, what is the value in shame? All that is required is that we return.

----- [Below is the longer answer; I shortened it, above, to be more specific to the question. I also recommened a sermon and a text] -----

What is judgement day? It is the time when God undertakes assessing each and every individual's works and prsent the consequinces according to what they have done. There are two judgements. Judgement starts [close to] at home; the children of God are taken to court. Finding them to have Jesus as their propitiation, they are innocent as they have been made righteous.

The Second judgement is known as the Great White Throne Judgement. This is when those who are not children of God are to be taken to court. No one is pure and no one is capable of cleansing of sin. It is only through the blood of a perfect sacrifice, holy, sanctified and unblemished that someone could be forgiven. Jesus was this sacrifice, judged and persecuted though without blame. He had conquered sin and death. Whoever trusts in this action and accepts the free gift of salvation is saved from the consequences of their sins as Jesus had taken it upon himself at the cross. Those who do not accept are judged according to their own sins as they have taken the responsibility and consequences upon themselves. You cannot lie to, bypass, or bribe God, inevitably receiving the consequences.

As we know even Satan is being cast into the lake of fire.

Is it so that tragedy falls upon another because they are more sinful? No; we are all criminals and we will all die. We are criminals because we have transgressed the law. Sin is transgression of the law. We have all sinned. Ther is not one who has lived by the law and is righteous. When we live by the law and boast of our works we claim to be righteous, we are self-righteous. In fact, we are all liars. The law is a schoolmaster that leads us to Christ. It is not possible for us to fulfill the law. Even our righteoussnesses are as filthy rags to the Lord.

Originally, creation was very good. There was one law at the time: do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. However it is likely that there were more or at least that beside the one law we were to love God and love our neighbour as ourself. At this time man only knew good. We then knew evil by eating of the fruit. And in the process of obtaining this knowledge, we had sinned. Now there are criminals who are equipped with the knowledge of evil.

The wages of sin is death, and Satan has power over death.

Proverbs 8:36
36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.

We have departed God and followed Satan. His provision was a scam. We obtained what he said we would obtain but not how we expected. Not only did we forfeit what we heired as children (Adam is a created son and Jesus is a begotten son) of God, we also became servants of sin, Satan, and death.

Mark 8:36-37 (also Mathew 16:26, Luke 9:25)
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

We had absolutely no reason to depart from God. We had everything, and everything was very good. Here we are now in a fallen world. What are we looking for? A perfect world, which is exactly what we once had. We desire to be there once again.

We must then be righteous and not criminals. The problem is we can only be self-righteous criminals.

Evil existed. From what I understand it is an element of creation; it merely exists. We did not have the knowledge of evil and it was not nescessary to have. We also did not commit any criminal acts. There was once a time when man was very good and there was no reason to be otherwise. If we had told the serpent to leave, and did no sin, there would be no judgement. But we did and now we are in a fallen world. We deserve this.

It is not of ourselves that we can be saved. It is only by and through Jesus. Jesus was judged and persecuted though without blame; a perfect sacrifice: holy, sanctified and unblemished to atone for our sins (John 19:4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 3:13, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, Hebrews 9:14, 1 Peter 2:22-24, 1:18-19, 1 John 2:2, 3:5) once and for all (Romans 6:10, Hebrews 7:27, 9:24-28, 10:10, 12, 14, 1 Peter 3:18). He is the door (John 10:9); the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6); neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

Are we to sin, to make grace abound. No; God forbid. Are we to to evil so that Christ's righteousness abounds. No, God forbid. But if we do, we are not justififed by what we have done. By that we are cursed. We cannot live by the law and be righteous. By wanting to live by the law we forfeit Christ. There are two laws. The law which God introduced through Moses and the law of faith If we repent, confide in Jesus and confess with our mouths that Jesus is our saviour and Lord we are saved. Jesus does not dismiss the law but establishes it. We once were mere criminals who were servants to sin and could not be righteous. It is hopless, no? We, although it is all we can do, persist in sin because of the shame. Because of freedom do we sin more? We may because of the liberty, but God forbid. Because of freedom, we are made righteous and have the choice not to sin. It is empowering. We are overjoyed and rejoicing.

It could not be any simpler than do not eat the fruit of this one tree or you will die .If Adam and Eve desired wisdom, they could have asked God the owner of all wisdom and he would have given freely unto them (James 1:5). It could not be any simpler than having faith. If we have faith in Jesus we will have abundant life. It is a Godly faith, a faith from God, so that we can trust in God and his provision, and further more if this is not enough we are sealed by God. We can be adopted. It is like the prodigal son squandling his inheritance in the city, coming to his senese, and wishing he could at the least return home as a servant, and to our surprise we find a father welcoming us home with a celebration. Rejoice and be merry my son has returned. It is like this that the angels rejoice for each person who returns to God.

We should run and hide: we are criminals and should escape the sight of God (there must be an incredible fear if one would want to avoid God). No. Jesus came so that we can return to the presence of God.

Note: God sees the heart and mind knowing the secret things and understanding all thoughts, imaginations, and intentions (1 Chronicles 28:9, Proverbs 15:11, Psalm 44:21, 139:1, Jeremiah 17:10, 20:12,  Matthew 12:25, Mark 2:8, Luke 8-10, 11:17, 16:15, John 2:25, Acts 15:8, Romans 8:27, Revelation 2:23).

At the time of the death of Jesus, due to his resurrection, the veil of the temple had been torn; Jesus had changed how we may have relation with God, he is our high priest and our mediator and not a man who prepares himself with rituals to enter the Holy of Holies; the Gospel (Good News) was to be preached all over the world that everyone should hear the Messiah has come, he has dealt with sin and defeated death, he has struck the head of the serpent, he has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit, and he has restored our relationship with God, making us presentable to the Most High.


I encourage that you listen to this sermon by Marc Monte that explains that we are saved by Jesus alone and nothing else. Nothing can be added to it or done by us. I don't know what to make of the images that are used in the video of different pastors. The reason why I have this youtube video is because it was the first and only place that I had found this audio. I then found it somewhere else beside youtube and the links are available for that place, sermonaudio.com, also.


Only By and Through Jesus and Not of Yourselfhttps://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/player_embed.asp?SID=125122029517 (embed player version)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=125122029517
    


I also encourage you to read this:
David Forte explains very thoroughly how the law functions and how we respond to it.

WOW. This is Probably the Best Thing I Have Read.Eve Without Adam: What Genesis Has to Tell America About Natural Law
David Forte (Senior Policy Analyst), May 1, 1996
There is a pdf version available from the orginial page containing scans of the publicated version. I will link it here.
Here are the highlights:
In that one majestic verse, God's creation astonishes us in two simultaneous ways. First, He creates everything ("the heavens and the earth") out of nothing. Second, He brings order out of chaos. In the image of the ancient Hebrews, the stuff of the cosmos was water, and water symbolized chaos -- which God orders. Think for a moment of the difference between farmers and fishermen: A farmer subdues the land and makes it his servant, but an experienced fisherman knows h
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