Did the Devil Make You Do It? Part 2
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Bill Kochman

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August 27, 2016

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August 27, 2016

Eve Failed To Resist Satan, Paradise Lost And Regained, All Are Born In Sin Due To Events In Eden, Spiritual Death, Cast Out Of Eden, Sin Equates To Breaking God's Laws, Sin Is Like A Virus, Is Death A Result Of A Broken Genetic Code?, Adam And Eve Were Patients Zero, Human Life Span Majorly Reduced By Time Of Moses And Twelve Tribes, Human Traits And Diseases Passed On Through Genetic Code, Sin Is Similar To A Foreign Body That Is Not Supposed To Be There, Genetically Hard-Coded To Sin And Die?, Did The Devil Really Make Us Do It?, Apostle Paul's Lifelong Battle Against Sin, Dangerous Slippery Slope Of Genetics And The Human Genome Project, The HGP-Write Plan, Artificial Babies Artificial Eternal Life And Man Playing God, Deep Demonic Deception And Manipulation?, Is The Devil Really Just An Opportunist Who Facilitates Us To Sin?, Free Will And Personal Choice, Honesty With Ourselves, Sinners Without Any Help From Satan, Violence And Wickedness On Earth Even If The Devil Is Imprisoned, Our Necessity For Spiritual Rebirth And Regeneration Through Faith In Christ, Washed In The Blood Of The Lamb, Alternative Is To Forever Die In Our Sins Without Hope Of Ever Attaining Eternal Life, Reading Resources List

Regarding the tragic results of that first act of willful disobedience by the first human pair in Eden, what we can determine then, is that it was because Eve did not resist the Devil as she should have done, and because Adam in turn did not resist the supplications from his wife to eat of the forbidden fruit, that the harmonious relationship between God and man was broken; access to Paradise was temporarily lost for about four thousand years until Jesus restored it during the First Century, and sin and death were introduced into the world. Following are some additional verses for your consideration:

"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."
Psalms 51:5, KJV

"For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not."
Ecclesiastes 7:20, KJV

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one . . . For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:10, 23, KJV

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"
Romans 5:12, KJV

"Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)"
Ephesians 2:5, KJV

"Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come . . . I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins."
John 8:21, 24, KJV

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
1 John 1:8-10, KJV

Exactly how all of this happened in a real physical sense, I honestly do not know. Something obviously had to change, if one minute there was no physical death and Adam and Eve could have lived forever, and the next minute when they -- and in the long term, all of us as well -- were told that they were going to die. The common belief seems to be that Adam and Eve died spiritually that day, in that they were now involved in a much more restricted relationship with the Lord; as becomes evident by the fact that they were kicked out of Eden, as we see by the following group of verses:

"And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."
Genesis 3:22-24, KJV

But what about the physical aspect of it all? One thought I believe I have pondered and shared before, is that upon their creation, Adam and Eve were genetically perfect and pure, as were their physical bodies. However, perhaps their rebellion and breaking God's Law -- which is exactly how sin is defined by the Apostle John -- acted as a type of virus which entered their bodies and broke their genetic code. Consider what John wrote:

"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
1 John 3:4, KJV

Once the genetic code was broken and corrupted by the virus -- meaning sin -- Eternal Life was no longer possible, and physical death would eventually ensue. That virus and broken genetic code would ultimately be inherited by and passed on to all of the descendants of Adam and Eve -- including you and me today -- which is why death and sin are rampant in the world now. It is a spiritual and physical pandemic which was brought about by the sin of Adam and Eve. They were patients zero, we might say.

In fact, as I explain in a few other articles, and as you may already know, by the time of Moses and the Twelve Tribes, the human life span had been reduced to approximately one hundred and twenty years at best; whereas before, some of the earlier Patriarchs lived for almost a thousand years. So the virus of sin and the broken genetic code slowly took their toll.

Now, if we look at this issue from a purely scientific perspective, what I have just stated seems to make a lot of sense. After all, it is a modern scientific fact that the human genome sequence is a real thing. DNA and RNA are real things. Genes and chromosomes are real things. We know that human traits, diseases and other things are passed on from human to human over years, decades and even centuries. If we re-read what the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans chapter five from this scientific perspective, it is actually quite startling. Here is the verse again:

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"
Romans 5:12, KJV

Now consider the following:

Wherefore, as by one man . . . . . . . . . Adam, or patient zero
sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . the virus
entered into the world . . . . . . . . . . . . entered the human population
and death by sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . death resulted from the virus
and so death passed upon all men . . . death affected the entire race
for that all have sinned . . . . . . . . . . . because everyone was infected by the virus

In fact, if we use this very same scientific perspective with some verses which Paul wrote two chapters later, it sounds very much like he is describing a foreign body, or a virus, which has infected his body. In fact, sin is exactly a foreign body and an invader, which God did not intend to be there. However, Adam and Eve foolishly introduced it to us all when they rebelled in the Garden of Eden:

"Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me . . . Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me . . . But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members."
Romans 7: 17, 20, 23, KJV

So let me ask you a rather alarming question. What if we are all genetically hard-coded to sin; and despite what we want to think, it has absolutely nothing to do with Satan at all? What if the Devil really didn't make us do it, despite our bogus claims that he did? That is certainly what the previous verses -- such as Romans 3:23 -- seem to indicate. The Apostle Paul was a very dedicated servant of the Lord for many years; and yet even he had the humility to admit that he was simply unable to purge sin from his body. It was very much like an extremely stubborn, annoying superbug, and he realized this. He realized that he simply had to resist it and fight against it for the remainder of his mortal life, just as we do today as well.

Now, if you think that everything I have just stated seems a bit crazy and a little out in left field, I want you to stop and consider exactly what is happening right now in the field of genetics and related fields. Where do current interests lie? Exactly what are they trying to accomplish? I read about these things sometimes, and it's really quite alarming. Dolly the Sheep, cloning other animals, in vitro fertilization and human stem cell research were just the very beginning of this nightmare; and I think certain people -- meaning scientists and some government agencies -- realized this from the start, which is why they resisted it, and urged caution.

Since first unlocking the human genome sequence in 2003, with a claimed accuracy of 99.99%, they have gone so much further. Now they are trying to manipulate the sequence in order to eliminate certain diseases. There have also been discussions regarding trying to pass on favorable human traits to newer generations, which is basically what eugenics is all about. This is really a slippery slope. They talk about the various benefits which humanity will reap from such new technologies, but I really have to wonder. In May of this year -- 2016 -- a new project called "HGP-Write" was announced. Exactly what is this? It's a plan to actually synthesize the human genome. In other words, artificial DNA. What will that lead to? Who will control it? Who will really benefit from it? The rich?

There have already been low whispers of human babies having already been cloned in some part of the world, despite strong objections from some members of the scientific community. We have to wonder what will be next. Are we eventually headed to artificially-created designer babies decades down the road? As I have mentioned a number of times before, I feel that man is overstepping his bounds with all of this stuff, and that he is entering God's Domain. That should worry us all. It is not our place to try to create artificial human life through our science. It is not the natural design that God ordained.

Trying to find cures for long-standing diseases is certainly a good thing, but what if in his vanity, man eventually tries to create some form of artificial eternal life by way of his science? After all, if science can eventually eliminate all diseases -- is it a pipe dream? -- repair the broken genetic code, and remove the virus of sin, thus extending human life indefinitely, would not this basically amount to a form of "eternal life" without the necessity to embrace Jesus Christ? So again, in my view, such things belong to God's Domain.

Sometimes, when I read some of these reports concerning the advances which are being made in different scientific fields, I get these inklings that there is a lot more going on than what most people realize. I am not just talking about all the usual government conspiracy theories which we find all over the Internet, and which I usually avoid reading. I am talking about satanic deception that may be so deep, that even human governments, and even the scientists who work on these kinds of projects, don't really understand what they are doing, and where their work is actually headed. What if they are being manipulated by extremely powerful demonic forces, which have nefarious goals of their own, but don't even realize it? I am reminded of a verse that I shared with you in part one. Here it is again for your personal consideration:

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Ephesians 6:12, KJV

I am sure that a lot of the people who work on such things are basically good and well-meaning individuals who sincerely want to make the world a better place by improving the human condition, so I hope that I am wrong about this. It could just be my imagination, but occasionally I do get the weird feeling that there is more going on with such things.

Returning to our previous discussion, if it is indeed true that we are genetically hard-coded to sin due to a broken genetic code which we inherited from Adam and Eve, what if the Devil is merely an opportunist who is fully aware of our genetic weaknesses, and thus tries to exploit them through his many temptations? In other words, maybe Satan can only use whatever is already in our hearts. We know what that is, because those six verses I shared with you in part one told us exactly what is there, and it is not very nice. Stated another way, maybe the Devil is simply a facilitator of what our wicked, evil hearts already desire to do, if given the right opportunity, which Satan is more than happy to provide to us.

So, while God in large part blamed Satan for what happened in the Garden of Eden, it seems that once Satan had instigated the first crime, so that Adam and Eve's genetic code became corrupted, and sin was introduced into the world, God laid the guilt -- and also the necessity to repent -- on each one of us as individuals. Perhaps this is because He has granted to each and every human being, the freedoms of free will and personal choice. As such, He expects us to do what is right and good, as opposed to continuously doing evil. He expects us to resist the wickedness of our own hearts, and to not yield ourselves to Satan's taunting and temptations. This is in fact an issue which I discuss in articles such as "Free Will and Personal Choice", and "Beholding the Evil and the Good".

So again I must ask you: Did the Devil really make us do it, whatever the evil deed is or was, or are we simply acting in a very cowardly manner, refusing to take responsibility for our own wicked actions, and using Satan as our scapegoat because he is not here to defend himself? I am sure you know that this is not an attempt to show sympathy for the Devil by any means. It is an opportunity for us to be honest with ourselves by saying "Yes, I am guilty as charged. The sin lies within me, without any help from Satan whatsoever."

Now, because those previous six verses so clearly state that the evil lies within ourselves, it leads me to believe that even if the Devil is locked up in a deep prison somewhere in the bowels of the Earth for a thousand years -- a.k.a. the Bottomless Pit -- or even if he is cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity, or for age without end, the very same level of violence and evil would still continue on the Earth. Why is this? Because removing Satan and his evil influence does not remove what is in our own wicked hearts. That's why. So what if he really is already gone? Would that shock you? After what you have just read in this article, it shouldn't.

As my fellow Christian brethren will already know, there is only one possible solution to this problem that we now face. If we have all been corrupted and genetically stained through sin which we have inherited from our ancient forebears, Adam and Eve; and if our genetic code has in some way been broken as a result of this virus of sin, so that Eternal Life is no longer ours to have, then we obviously need to be cleansed, renewed, repaired, regenerated, and reborn. We each need to genuinely repent of our sins, and receive a new life, a new spirit, and a regenerated heart, through our faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who shed His innocent blood for us all. That is the only true solution that there really is.

We not only need to do the aforementioned things, but we in fact must do them; because otherwise, as those six verses informed us, under the right conditions, we all possess the same ability, and the same capacity, to comport ourselves like absolute beasts, because despite what we may think of ourselves, we are all evil and desperately wicked at heart. Furthermore, as Jesus informed His Jewish enemies in the previous verses that I shared with you, if we fail to take these necessary steps, we will forever die in our sins, without any hope of ever attaining to anything better. For your encouragement and edification, below are more than a dozen Bible verses which discuss some of the very same topics which I have just shared with you:

"And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:"
Ezekiel 11:19, KJV

"Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
Ezekiel 18:31, KJV

"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh."
Ezekiel 36:26, KJV

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV

"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"
Titus 3:5, KJV

"Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin . . . Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow . . . Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Psalm 51:2, 7, 10, KJV

"Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you."
John 15:3, KJV

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
Isaiah 1:18, KJV

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin . . . If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 1:7, 9, KJV

"And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."
1 John 2:2, KJV

"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
1 John 4:10, KJV

"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,"
Revelation 1:5, KJV

"And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
Revelation 7:14, KJV

To reiterate that important point one more time, spiritual cleansing, spiritual rebirth, spiritual regeneration, and spiritual renewal by the power of the Holy Ghost, through faith in Jesus Christ, is what it really takes to remove evil from our hearts, and not just throwing the Devil into prison for a thousand year, or casting him into the Lake of Fire for eternity. Those two things may indeed help, but the real victory occurs on a personal level when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. I hope that you will do so soon, if you haven't done so already,

With this last thought, I will bring this article to a close. I trust that you have enjoyed it, learned something from it, and I pray that it has been a blessing in your life. If you have an account with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, etc, I would really appreciate if you would take the time to click on the corresponding link that is found on this page. Thank you so very much! May God bless you abundantly!

For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this article, or which contain topics which are related to this article. All of these articles are likewise located on the Bill's Bible Basics website:

Free Will and Personal Choice
Beholding the Evil and the Good
Humility in Our Understanding of God's Word
Leviathan: An Ancient Dragon of the Sea?
Revelation's Babylon the Great
Satan: His Origin, Purpose and Future
Satan: King of Tyrus, King of Empires
When Was Satan Cast Out of Heaven?

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