Summary: Why is there so much trouble in the world and trouble in our lives? The trouble that we experience is just symptomatic of a single underlying problem that has become somewhat of a dirty word!

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Why is there so much trouble in the world? Why are there wars, murders, divorce, sickness, death, unrest, disappointment, depression, addiction, earthquakes, tornadoes, drought and famine? And you could go on and on, seemingly without end. The answer is clearly in Genesis 3:1-7:

1 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

(Many scholars today say that the translation for “serpent” actually should be “the shining one” because the root verb actually means “to shine”. Talking animals are a rarity, although God can cause anything to happen. God opened the mouth of Balaam's donkey in order to have the animal speak to him in Numbers 22. In any case, the “serpent” here is the chief devil, being more crafty than any other.

Revelation 12:9, in speaking of satan’s expulsion from Heaven, says: “The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” Being hurled out of his heavenly home, he made the earth a place to raise havoc for the time being, but only by God’s permission. The world actually recognizes his influence because snakes have become the universal symbol of Satan.

Throughout biblical history, all snakes or serpents are a picture of “evil”, just as pigs represent the “unsaved” or “unclean”, “wolves” are vicious people, and “sheep” are the image of believers in Christ.)

2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, '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.' "

4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also 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. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

This same story has “played out” millions times in history, probably even millions of times in your own life. It is actually the serpent’s sad scenario. Oh, you aren’t approached by a snake-like creature, if indeed, that is the image that God allowed satan to assume for this occasion, but every human being has been deceived by the devil, within and without.

The devil comes to us and masquerades as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14) He floods us, not with light which provides life, but he tries to immerse us with lies. “Did God really say? The devil douses us with inward doubt of God’s Divine Love. He tries to deceive us into doubting the word, the Truth and the very character and nature of God.

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