Serpent Guess Who The
Villain Is


I went to see a college production of “Children of Eden” because a friend’s daughter-in-law had a part in the play. She warned her husband’s parents (who read and know the Bible) that they should not expect an accurate portrayal of Genesis.

I thought I was prepared for the expected artistic license taken with this ancient, familiar story. But as the  playwright’s idea of who the villain was became clear, I was stunned. The serpent, according to the playwright, merely enlightened Eve to the possibility of gaining knowledge and experience that God had been denying them. He presented the serpent as the one who freed Eve, and the rest of us, from a domineering and distant parent.

Usually, this lie, or some variation of it, is presented with more subtlety-sometimes even camouflaged in Bible-sounding language.

A few years ago, a married couple asked if they could bring a prophecy video to show my husband and me. They were impressed by the speaker and were eager to share their discovery. Just a few minutes into the video, I knew the speaker was presenting a different gospel than the one in the Bible. He had this “special” knowledge that was revealed to him and only through him could you get this “saving” knowledge. 

We were saddened that our friends could not be persuaded of his error. They wanted specific knowledge of future events that they thought God would reveal to one of his prophets. They were not content to trust God to lead them through a future that is unknown to them. The simple message of salvation through faith in Jesus was not enough to give them confidence to live life as it happens. They wanted this knowledge and this self-proclaimed prophet promised it to them. They sold their home and moved to be near him.

Centuries ago, the Apostle Paul warned the Corinthian church, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”  (KJV) Or as the NIV states the same verse, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (II Corinthians 11:3)

The serpent that deceived Eve is still at work. Paul’s warning is just as valid today as it was when his ink was wet.

Listen to the words of Jesus, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:9-10 KJV) Door.


By Scarlett Stough
December 2002