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Camille Fronk Olson, Women of the Old Testament

February 9, 2015

With his restricted understanding, Satan tempted Eve with a question that presupposes more is always better and that a restriction from God means He is withholding valuable opportunities. Satan asked Eve why she could not “eat of every tree of the garden”. Satan seemed to suggest that a loving God would certainly allow His children access to every experience. Does Satan use a similar tactic to lure us into sin? Does the same skewed philosophy lead us to suppose that God curtails our agency and the need to know whether something is good or evil when He forbids us from experiencing everything firsthand? In one of his favorite modes of temptation, Satan would have us think that God selfishly withholds blessings and power by not giving us unconditional access to every option at all times.

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