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Tiroughout all of re–
corded history, mankind has
shown a remarkable talent for
getting itself into religious hot
water. Deception in the field of
faith and morals can be traced
all the way back to the begin–
ning of human existence. In
fact, our first parents, Adam
and Eve, started things off on
the wrong foot when they fell
prey to the world's first reli–
gious con artist - Satan the
Satan was smart enough to
know that a direct, open ap–
proach was almost certainly
doomed to failure. So he came
on as a ··good guy" dressed up
as an innocent-looking serpent.
At the same time, he brought
along what appeared to be a
very religious-sounding mes–
His first tactic was to debunk
the fact that Adam and Eve
were mortal fleshly beings.
"You shall not surely die," he
told the woman. Then he
piqued Adam and Eve's in–
tellectual vanity with the
alluring promise, "You shall be
as gods, knowing good and evil"
The White Horse: False Religion
(Gen. 3:5). Using this approach,
Satan subtly inferred that there
was a vast amount of esoteric
knowledge that was theirs for
the asking - knowledge that
God was holding back from
them. All they had to do was
accept his program. Before it
was all over, he had added an–
other element to his false reli–
gious package: a feeling of guilt
concerning their physical bodies
and the subject of sex (Gen. 3:7-
Satan's offer in the Garden of
Eden quickly became the pat–
tern of many of the world's an–
cient pagan mystery religions.
His statement ("You shall not
surely die") was another way of
saying that man has an immor–
tal soul. Unlike God, Satan was
not leveling with Adam and
Numerous scriptures clearly
demonstrate that the idea of an
immortal soul is a figment of
ecclesiastical imagination. (See
Ecclesiastes 3:19; Psalms 146:4;
Matthew 10:28. Also write for
our free booklet
Do You Have
an Immortal Soul?)
The mystery religions that
followed likewise placed an in–
ordinate emphasis on hidden
knowledge, ceremonies and rit–
uals. By religiously following
certain sacred rites, the devotee
would supposedly gain favor
with the gods and earn a gilt-