A talking snake and the alien connection
a Christian, but the Bible’s all stories1 … ’. As I write
this article, that is not only the title of the lead article on Creation
Ministries International website, but unfortunately it's a
sentiment shared by far too many devoted, well meaning, but dead wrong
Christians; as well as by most Bible skeptics. I lay a good portion of
the blame for the many misguided Christians in this area at the feet of Bible teaches
and pastors who get in front of congregations or Bible classes every
talk about Bible "stories" (stories being typically understood as make
believe) instead of Bible "accounts" (accounts being typically
understood as a recounting of something factual that happened). You may think
the difference is a minor thing - but the way an idea is labeled is critically important.
Why else do companies pay so much attention to branding (a form of
labeling) and spend millions to promote their own brand as well as
protect it? Why else are there battles over how
various issues are labeled?
Why do so many in the LGBT community insist on calling those who support one man, one women marriage not "traditional marriage supporters" but rather "homophobic" or "haters"?
Because they know how you label an idea is critical to how it will be perceived. And they want to frame how people think about those issues without even discussing it. The church has handed the adversary an easy victory on that front by allowing the historic events of the bible to be labeled as "stories" - without raising an objection. (Please note my objection!) But terminology is just the tip of the iceberg. The root of the problem lies much deeper. And it's tied up with why so many in the church still call Bible accounts "stories." The reason: because unfortunately, for many Christians - as the CMI article points out - that is precisely what they are to such Christians: just stories. Not historic accounts, but stories - not to be taken literally. Not to be understood as actual history.
But as Bible and Hebrew scholars2 will tell you, the Genesis accounts (and biblical narratives in general) are presented not as fictional stories, but as straight forward narrative history, and are intended to be understood as such. What then are we do with things like a 6 day creation, and a talking snake?
The reason most people no longer believe in a 6 day creation is they need to squeeze in billions of years because they have embraced the godless theories of the big bang and neo-Darwinian evolution which require billions of years. I have already devoted a number of articles3 to exposing the numerous flaws of those godless theories so I will spend no time here. Instead, we turn to the objection of a talking serpent.
Some people reason that since snakes neither talk, nor even have the physical capability to do so (no vocal chords, etc.) the "serpent" referred to in the account of the fall in Genesis cannot be a real snake, and thus they reason, the account cannot be a true and accurate account. But like a murder mystery that seems obvious who-done-it at the beginning, you don't come to the correct conclusion until you consider all the evidence; and the key pieces are not given until the end. So let's take a step back, broaden our view and consider more evidence and determine if the "it can't be true" position is a premature jumping to conclusions before all the evidence is in.
Who or what is the serpent?
Let's start with a review of the biblical text: Gen 3.1-4
There would be no question that the serpent is Satan, or the devil, except for the few who deny that, claiming the serpent is never identified as Satan in scripture4. Perhaps the serpent is not identified as Satan in this small section, but it is simply not true that the serpent is not identified in scripture. Jesus appears to be referencing the serpent when speaking of the devil in John 8.44; and he clearly does so in his revelation to John:
Only those who don't know their bible well or are actively trying to deny the connection can miss this clear identification of the serpent as Satan. But that's the easy identification. Let's press on to the deeper questions:
Who did Eve speak with? A snake, the Serpent or something else?
You may wonder what's the difference between a snake and the serpent? Let me suggest that the term "the serpent" acts as a technical term, a code word that in many place in scripture refers specifically to Satan. We see the key to the code in Rev 12.9 (above) - the serpent=Satan (as does the dragon=Satan)5. Now let's go back and re-read the passage in light of that understanding - that "the serpent" refers to "Satan".
v1. Now the serpent was more crafty than any
of the wild animals
Thus we see this verse is an understatement. Satan - the serpent - was clearly superior in intelligence and craftiness to all the wild animals because he is qualitatively different from all the wild animals. Though qualitatively different from the animals he is still well described as a serpent -because he is by nature a serpent - a liar, deceiver and murderer. (John 8.44) Thus "serpent" becomes a preferred code word for referring to the liar and adversary known as Satan.
This explains why Eve could speak to the serpent - the serpent was no mere snake - and it also makes better sense of God's judgment of the serpent:
Many wonder why God judges the snake if Satan - the serpent - was actually the culprit. If we understand that God is speaking directly to Satan - calling him by his code name - the judgment makes perfect sense. Satan's punishment is to be far worse that the curse put on the rest of the earth (Gen 3.17) and wild animals (Gen 3.14). As the mastermind of inciting rebellion against God, that makes perfect sense.
How did Satan appear to Eve?
1. Satan transformed himself into a snake - in accordance with what we know about his abilities:
2. Satan possessed a snake and used it as an
instrument to do his will.
Clearly modern commentators favor the Satan-used-a-snake hypothesis. But I suspect they have not considered a large body of evidence - common in these modern times - that also involves one of Satan's common modes of operation. There's a large amount of testimonies concerning Aliens from space coming to earth in UFO's and speaking with people. And without getting into that whole large topic, let me just give you the conclusion of many Christians and UFO researchers: Satan is behind the appearances of UFOs and aliens, using the same powers he uses to "masquerade as an angel of light." As one UFO researcher put it:
So I don't think we should be so quick to assume that Satan necessary used the instrument of a snake. Perhaps the elder commentators were right - perhaps Satan did then with a snake motif, what he's doing now with the alien motif - posing in a different form to deceive those who don't know better and thus alienate them from God. The m.o. is very similar. And it gives greater meaning to the fact of Eve being deceived: not only was she deceived by the lie the serpent told, she was deceived by the Serpent not presenting himself in his true form - he disguised himself and presented himself in what was likely the only form God would allow at the time since it was in accordance with his nature - a snake.
Next I suspect people are asking: "Okay it's a possibility. So which one is it?" Before answering, first consider:
- What kind of fish swallowed Jonah?
The scriptural accounts don't tell us the details on the above, probably because they are irrelevant to the point God is making. Likewise with how Satan appeared to Eve. Did he possess a snake? Did he transform himself? You can make a case for either, but does how he did it change the narrative? No. In both cases Eve sees and speaks with a talking snake. I lean toward the explanation of the earlier generations - Satan transformed himself for these reasons:
So part of the deception to which Eve succumbed is that she was not speaking to a mere snake, she was unwittingly speaking directly to Satan, the prince of darkness himself.11 Do we need to know a magician's secrets to appreciate the illusion? No. Since God is not clear on how Satan manifested himself to Eve - whether by transforming himself (as we know he does); or taking possession of a living creature (as we also know he does), how he actually did it is, in the final analysis, irrelevant. What we do know is this:
There is only one hope to overcome the condemnation brought on by Satan and his deceptions: the truth that Jesus both is and proclaims. It is not without reason scripture says:
Looking for the truth? A way out of deception? Try Jesus.
always with Biblical Hermeneutics - one most be careful about
mechanically applying a rule such as this to every appearance of the
word. The primary rule of hermeneutics is "context determines meaning"
and the context sometimes dictates that serpent means a literal serpent,
not Satan, for example
"In this case, ... the talking serpent was a vessel
enabled for another being to use or speak through—Satan, in the case of
"In the case of the serpent, serving as Satan's
"Although it was the serpent speaking, it was Satan who
engineered the temptation."...
11 Some have wondered why Eve would
listen to a snake. But as others have pointed out, in context she was
only just born yesterday (or thereabouts) - literally. It's not like
she's this experienced woman of the world. What she should have done is
obey God's command. We've all failed to do that. And the passage points
out when we fail to obey God - who has given us all we need - we fall
for dumb things that get us in trouble - like the lies from talking
snakes (and in today's context), lies from flashy aliens.
The serpent beguiles Eve