We saw in our previous article that the fact that God in the Bible asks questions does not imply that his omniscience is limited. On the contrary, we argued that his asking questions was a way in which he revealed to the one interrogated the true state of play, or reality, in other words.
This invariably meant exposing humans’ erroneous thinking and manipulative emotional states.But it is interesting that God does not ask the first question in the Bible, which is also the first question to be asked “in the beginning.”
No, that dubious honor belongs to the serpent in the familiar tale of Adam and Eve, which British historian Richard Cavendish describes as “one of the key myths of European civilization.”
He says that it “lights up a whole network of reactions and connections in the mind.”Who is the serpent and what is the question? And why is it important, or in Cavendish’s language, what is lit up in the mind by it?
The serpent who asks the question is generally considered to be Satan, the arch-adversary of God and of man. Let’s consider the question he asks. There has been a whole ruckus of controversy that Satan’s question in Genesis is addressed to Eve, not Adam, and that this implies that the woman is the weaker sex.
Certainly, Milton in his “Paradise Lost” put this spin on the story. But I think, in reality, neither sex was the weaker one. Both were dreadfully culpable as both were eager to defy the prohibition, and Adam did so, it would seem, without any scruples.
Continue Reading Here: A Question of God, Part 2: The Subtle Intentions Behind Satan’s Questions