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WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND?

Christ. . . . for Satan himself keeps transforming himself into an angel of light ." (2 Corinthians 11 :3,14, NW) Betraying the unrighteousness that had now developed in his heart and ruined his perfection, the covering cherub in Eden began to work against clean worship and against God's universal sovereignty . In that way he became Satan, for the name Satan means opposer or antagonist . Misusing his spiritual powers, he obsessed or took control of a serpent in Eden . He used it to convey a lie to Eve while her husband Adam was away. He made sure to pose, not as her enemy, but as her benefactor, "an angel of light." In that way he became a deceiver, and a proper name for him would be also Serpent or Snake. Because this now unfaithful "covering cherub" was the first to practice deception and to establish false worship, the Bible calls him "the original serpent" or "that old serpent" . Glorifying the snake or serpent as a symbol of enlightenment, Satan the adversary spoke to the woman . "And it said to the woman, Is it even so, that God has said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, God has said, Ye shall not eat of it, and ye shall not touch it, lest ye die ." Satan the Serpent now slandered God whose words the woman had just quoted . For he proceeded to contradict the truth of God's words . He made out that God was frightening the woman and prevent7. In what way did the Devil come into existence?

What Has Religion Done for Mankind?  

COPYRIGHT, 1951 by WATCH TOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY

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