June 28, 2023 –
I remember listening to radio shows. One show was The Shadow—a successful radio drama running for 18 seasons. The Shadow possessed many gifts. The best is his ability to become invisible and “cloud men’s minds.”
Long before The Shadow, there was someone who could cloud men’s minds—Satan. Genesis chapter 2 reveals a world where everything is “perfect.” No pain, no disharmony, no sin, and no death. However, today when we look at the world, we see Satan, with his ability to cloud our minds, has changed everything.
When Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, he knew what evil lurked in her heart. He clouded Eve’s mind with a clever line of reasoning.
“Now the serpent was craftier than any wild animals the Lord God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then, both eyes were opened, and they realized they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. (Genesis 3:1–7)
Crafty Satan still attempts to cloud believers’ minds. He tells the truth, but only half of it.