“You Will be Like God Knowing Good and Evil”: Discernment of Truth and Lies

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We live in a complicated, sick world full of deceptions. Genesis 3 not only explains how the beautiful paradise was lost by deception and lies, but also presents the terrible consequences of sin and how God reacts to the transgression of His command.Disobedience brought an avalanche of evil—seemingly starting as harmless but then breaking and tearing down everything that was beautiful, valuable, and profound. It was only a matter of time before this destroying force was plainly visible. It destroys all kinds of meaningful relationships and brings only complications, misery, suffering, and separation. What was originally very good was corrupted and marred by sin. Saying no to God is the cause of all evil. In Genesis 3 multiple consequences of sin are mentioned, but this article will focus on only two of them. Satan made an offer to the first couple that seemed attractive and advantageous. He promised Adam and Eve that after eating the fruit from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil that (1) their “eyes will be opened” and (2) and they “will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:5).How does one understand these two striking offers? Were they true? [from Introduction]

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Journal of Adventist Mission Studies





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Old Testament