Snake is symbolic
We read that a snake tempted Eve. This too is symbolic. Only a
spiritual being can know God. The snake symbolized an angel. Angels
exist. It is fashionable in our secular society to doubt the
existence of angels. But the literature of mankind is so filled with
references to angels that Mortimer J. Adler, Clifton Fadiman and
other writers, philosophers and scholars who compiled the Great Books
series had to include in their syntopican of great ideas, the idea of
angels. They write, "The characteristic skepticism of our age has
been directed against the belief in angels generally. It casts doubt
by satire or denies by argument the existence of spirits both good
and evil....Moralists have thought it possible to explain human
depravity without recourse to the seductions of the devil." But when
all arguments are considered it makes more sense to believe in a
spirit world and angels.
God created angels before He created Adam and Eve. He created
them to be His helpers. He made angels to be in a position of objects
and admirers. At every stage of the creation angels gave God
stimulation, praise, comfort and joy as God poured out all His energy
in the process of creating the universe and His children.
Genesis 1:26 states, "Let us make man in our own image, after
our likeness." God is speaking to the angels here. God had three
archangels: Lucifer, Gabriel and Michael. Lucifer was the leader and
assigned to directly be Adam and Eve's teacher. Artists have
portrayed angels with wings, and throughout history we have thought
angels to be greater than man. This interpretation comes from Psalm
8. The King James Version of the Bible says man is a little lower
than the angels. This is not true, and the Revised Standard Version
is correct in translating the Hebrew to mean God, not angels. Angels
do not have wings, and they are not greater than mankind. The
First Corinthians 6:3 says, "Do you not know that we are to
judge the angels?" Another incorrect view held about angels is that
they are sexless, neuter beings.
The angel closest to God was Lucifer. He knew that God was
preparing this universe for His children. For millions of years
Lucifer had been the center of love and now Adam and Eve were.
Although God loved Lucifer as He always did, He obviously loved His
children too. Lucifer was assigned to take care of Adam and Eve. By
comparison, Lucifer felt he was loved less. This feeling would have
disappeared when he would have received love from Adam and Eve when
they reached perfection. Their love combined with God's would have
been a complete love. To compensate, he turned to Adam and Eve. Since
Lucifer was male, he was more attracted to Eve. Lucifer began to
spend time alone with Eve. She was young and naive. Lucifer was
older, a teacher, and she was excited as Lucifer told her of how God
and the angels led by him created this world. Eve admired and trusted
As Eve grew she became more beautiful. Lucifer became confused
and in his hurt for feeling less love from God, began to hate God.
Lucifer's feelings are also written in the book of Islam, the
Koran, in which he says, "Why should I serve them? They are
but of dust while I'm of fire."
Lucifer was older and knew better but he seduced Eve. They had
sexual intercourse. Eve, at first, rebuffed Lucifer's advances. She
reminded him of God's warning but her resistance crumbled. She was
confused by Lucifer's words. God had placed Lucifer, the "angel of
light" to guide her. He was so wise and she was flattered by his
attention. And then he changed and was telling her something that was
opposite of God's direction. Lucifer was, in effect, a father figure.
She was a young teenager, and she trusted him. She loved as any young
girl loves and obeys her teacher. She submitted to Lucifer's order
that she have sexual intercourse with him. This union brought about
the spiritual fall of man. The initial sin, the original sin, that
destroyed God's ideal was sex outside of marriage. The original sin
was sex outside of God's order.
Eve felt great fear and confusion when she realized she had
disobeyed God. She felt cut off from God. Knowing that Adam was
eventually to be her husband she thought she could get to God by
being with him. She immediately went to Adam and seduced him. She
hoped that in sex with Adam she could get rid of her fear and
confusion. This sexual union between Adam and Eve was the physical
fall of mankind. The first union between Lucifer and Eve was the
spiritual fall. Eve could have been restored through Adam if Adam had
not fallen with Eve. If he had not fallen he could have restored Eve
and connected her with God. After Adam's fall no one could intercede
with God on their behalf, and they were completely cut off from God.
After the fall they covered their lower parts. We hide what is
wrong. If we say something wrong, we cover our mouth. If there is a
scar on our body, we cover it with makeup or clothing. Adam and Eve
sinned with their lower parts and covered them. And we read in the
Bible how arrogant Lucifer then became: "How you are fallen from
heaven, O Lucifer, son of Dawn! You said in your heart, I will ascend
to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; ... I
will make myself like the Most High!" (Isaiah 14:12).
Lucifer is then called Satan, meaning in ancient Hebrew "the
adversary." He is compared in the Bible to a serpent because he is
lowly and speaks with a forked tongue. A serpent's tongue is split in
two. This symbolizes a being which utters two different things with
one tongue--a being who leads a double life. He appears good but is
evil--a liar and a deceiver. The serpent is also a sexual symbol.
And a serpent, like Satan, quietly strikes with surprise, speed
and strength. Lucifer was cursed in Genesis to crawl upon his belly.
This means he is cursed to be a miserable being not able to function
properly and the curse that he had to "eat dust" means that he can
not receive elements of life from God but is condemned to receive
evil vitality elements from the sinful world.
Lucifer, now Satan, took many angels with him. We read, "And that great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him" (Rev. 12:9).
Adam and Eve were 16 years old when this tragedy took place. They were older children abused by their guardian. Every person in human history has been abused by Lucifer. We are all terrified, confused, hurt, angry, ashamed, bitter and resentful as Adam and Eve were. In one sense Adam and Eve have to take responsibility for not obeying God, but we should all be sympathetic to them as we should all be sympathetic to every person because we are all brothers and sisters being abused and driven to abuse others in one form or another by Satan. We all abuse others to different degrees. People over the age of 18 are not real adults in God's eyes. Fathers who commit incest are children also.
We have to judge and sometimes physically punish those according to laws and enforced through courts and police and the military. But we must be careful as we point our fingers at others, no matter how heinous a crime that person commits. It is easy to accuse others, but we all far short of God's standard. None of us has perfect mind/body unity. Some people have to be jailed, but we are all rebellious children who can be criticized. We must learn to judge more correctly. Instead of focusing on accusing our peers, parents, elders, and leaders for physically or psychologically hurting us, we should all see that the focus of judgement should be on an angel instead of people who have hurt us because they are hurt by Satan.
In one sense we all have to take responsibility for hurting others and not being everything we are supposed to be, but in another sense we are not responsible because we are all immature children up against terrible forces of darkness. Therefore we must all forgive those who hurt us because they are just human children dominated by an evil older and selfish nonhuman angel.
There is an element of rape and incest in the fall. Lucifer was not Eve's father, but he was a father figure, like an uncle or respected elder who is given custody of a minor. Eve was not an adult. In a real sense she and all of us are not responsible. Satan is. God wants us to fight Satan. But we can't do it alone. Later we will see how God sends us help to fight evil.
God's plan was for Adam and Eve to grow up with Lucifer's help.
Then God would have blessed them in marriage. They would have had
children and soon the whole world would have been filled with perfect
people each talking to God directly and no angel's love, which is
weaker and lesser than man's and God's love, could ever upset God's
How could Eve have a sexual relationship with the archangel
Lucifer? We have five spiritual senses. Before the fall, Eve's
spiritual senses were completely open. Lucifer was as real as Adam.
The Bible even tells of instances where angels have relationships
with men. Angels came to Abraham's house and ate a meal with him
(Gen. 18:7). An angel wrestled with Jacob (Gen. 32:25). The Second
Letter of Peter says, "God did not spare the angels when they
sinned..." (II Peter 2:4). And we read in Jude 6 through 7 that
angels acted immorally. Human beings have a physical body and a
spirit body. Angels have only a spirit body.
When people first hear this lecture they often ask if a pet can go to spirit world and be with it's owner. Many people deeply love their pets. I have not read of any official statement about pets, but if we take the information we have learned from Rev. Moon about spirit world, we know that you can think of things and they appear. For example, if you think of a food in spirit world, it will appear. Therefore, if a person thought of a beloved pet they had, such as a dog or cat, it would appear also.