YOUR Curmudgeon once again brings you the view from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of creationist wisdom. They have an inspiring new article at their website: Shouldn’t the Woman (Eve) Have Been Shocked that a Serpent Spoke?
If the subject matter seems familiar, you’re right. We recently discussed another AIG article dealing with the serpent. See: Do Creationists Think?, which deals with the vital question of whether the serpent had legs. Today’s article is about another aspect of the serpent.
You may be wondering whether AIG is obsessed with the serpent, but it must be remembered that the serpent was instrumental in the Fall — the most important event in the universe since creation. The Fall brought death into the world, caused animals to be carnivorous, and slowed down the speed of light (a source of confusion for Darwinists). The serpent is therefore worthy of AIG’s intense concern. Besides, all things pertaining to the Genesis account of creation are essential to creationism.
Because of the supreme importance of this subject, we’ll keep the usual Curmudgeonly commentary between the paragraphs to a minimum. Instead, we’ll politely insert this subtle signal [Aaaargh!!] so that we don’t interrupt the article. We also added some bold font for emphasis. Here we go:
Often, people say that they can’t believe the serpent in Genesis 3 spoke because they claim animals don’t speak! …
Recall that even Balaam’s donkey spoke, with God’s help. So there should be caution about limiting what God did or didn’t do in the perfect Garden.
That’s a key point for Darwinists to understand, which is why your Curmudgeon is bringing you this information. Let’s read on:
The serpent was an instrument in the deception and also deserved a punishment, which God justly gave.
Right. Moving along:
Of course today, serpents don’t speak, but the Curse in Genesis 3:14 probably had something to do with this.
We pause for a brief Curmudgeonly interruption to provide the source data:
[Genesis 3:14] So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.
You see, dear reader, that they’re not making this up. We resume:
Perhaps this is the reason the particular kind of serpent that deceived the Woman did not pass along the ability to speak or may have even become extinct since the Fall.
That sentence of the AIG article refers to a footnote. We’ll give you that information here:
[Footnote 2:] There were no land-dwelling, air-breathing animal kinds extinct by the time of the Flood since representatives of each kind were aboard the Ark (Genesis 6:19–20). If this were a particular serpent kind that went extinct, it would have been after the Flood.
Aaaargh!! We resume again:
The fact that the Curse included “crawling on the belly” rules out a dinosaur as being the serpent that deceived the Woman since they walked upright.
Aaaargh!! We continue:
The issue of the Woman being shocked when she heard the serpent speak also has a couple of theological problems. First, everything in the Garden of Eden was new to the first couple — they’d only been alive for a short time. Even a bug, cat, or dinosaur would all be new, so they wouldn’t have been shocked at a talking serpent.
That makes sense! Here’s the final paragraph:
God programmed language into Adam and Eve (since they were able to speak immediately with God), which would have included some animal terminologies. So it shouldn’t have been shocking to see or hear something for the first time, when you’re already “programmed” to know about it.
So, this is what we learn: The serpent spoke, this wasn’t surprising to Adam & Eve, and it probably went extinct because of the Flood. Now you know. This is essential information for being a good creationist.
Update: See Creationist Wisdom #113: The Serpent Revisited
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