By Oscar M. Baker
To Eve, Satan uttered the impious words that revealed once more the arrogant and blasphemous assertion he had once made concerning himself. To appreciate their full force we will set out these statements in the order in which they were uttered. Satan said:
1. Can it be that God said?God's Word (Truth) Denied! (He abode not in the truth).
2. Ye shall not surely die.No death! Yet Satan himself abode in death (1 John 3:14).
3. Ye shall be as God. PossessingDivine Nature Apart From Christ. (I will be like the Most High).
(Isa. 14:14; 2 Thess. 2:4).
This threefold claim by Satan has provided the foundation of all the false doctrines which have since emerged. In the reasoning of fallen man, God is not permitted to reserve to Himself the right to act in judgment, for it is boldly said, "If He is a God of love He will not act contrary to this characteristic!" Thus His truth is denied and men are lulled into a sense of false security by the one in whom the whole world lieth (Gr. 1 John 5:19). Ever since the first utterance of the awful words, "Ye shall not die" man has sought to convince himself that Satan's lie is the truth. To this end various means have been adopted: the Spiritist's so-called communication with the dead: the kindred Satanic delusion of the non-existence of pain and death and the Mind's ultimate triumph over matter: and finally the creed that affirms that at death a man either goes to a place of bliss or a place of torment! These false ideas contribute to and support The Lie concerning death.