When studying false ministries or New Age religion  I always seem to end up at Genesis 3:5, and there is a reason for this.  It is so applicable in today’s world. We always hear that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Unfortunately Satan’s lies fall under the first two categories. We can look forward to the day when Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire and destroyed but until that day we will have to stand up to him using God’s word as our armor.

Let’s take a closer look:

Genesis 3:5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (NIV)

Consider these statements from Word of Faith promoters….

Kenneth Copeland “You’re all God. You don’t have a God living in you; you are one.”

Paul Crouch  “I am a little God!…I have his name. I’m one with Him. I’m in covenant relation. I am a little god!. Critics, be gone!” 

Benny Hinn  “When you say I am a Christian, you are saying, I am mashiach in the Hebrew. I am a little messiah walking on earth, in other words, that is a shocking revelation ..May I say it like this? You are a little god on earth running around.”

It seems as though those who stray too far from the Word of God become unscriptural or twist its meaning.  The phrase “and you will be like God” is spoken by the serpent in the garden of Eden.  Oh, what power the serpent can have over us. Look at Adam and Eve. Here they were living in a virtual paradise, all their needs were met, they communed directly with God, and yet……they were  tempted by the desire to know more…to be like God.

There are three temptations Satan used on Eve to entice her to disobey the commandment of God in Genesis 3:3 which is:

But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.


Gen 3:1    Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?


Hath God Indeed Said?

Notice how the serpent took a commandment from God and changed it into a question.  He asked Eve: “Yea, hath God said..?”or…. Did God really say? Satan created a seed of doubt in Eve’s mind. Now she may have asked herself in response to this question: Why is God withholding this beautiful fruit from me?  Surely, God would not hold back His blessings from me. Did I misunderstand?


Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Surely you will not die.

Now that the seed of doubt was planted, Satan contradicted God’s word outright, with “surely you will not die”.   Eve’s fear of death was removed by this lie. God said that even if she touched the fruit she would die. When the consequence of disobedience is removed, sin is meaningless. 


Genesis 3:5  For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

You shall be like God.

After Satan first questioned the Word of God then openly defied it, he then tempted with a new thought. You will be as God. Doesn’t this speak to our pride. That somehow we are in control of our own life and our destiny without Jesus Christ as our Lord. That God’s plan for our lives is not good enough for us. Our way is better than His way.

Can you see the sequence of these three temptations? Satan first used a suggestion to create doubt,  then he defied scripture and then baited the trap with deity of self.

Of course this has been happening since the fall of man but you can see it easily in today’s world.  The questioning of the Bible. It is authentic? Then the rejection of His word or the twisting of it by man’s sorry translations of today. Then the practices of meditation coming into the churches. Meditation invites oneself to go within.  To look within for the answers.


The New Age/Emergent Church is coming on strong and this will be the trend till the end of time. Theosophy teaching reveals that their goal is to introduce mystism, especially Buddhism and Hinduism into the West and into the churches.  OUR churches. Yours and mine!!!! And I can assure you it is happening.  The blending of Eastern religion into the West is rampant. Consider how President Bush just warmly received the Dalai Lama.  I have read of goddess worship, labryinths, celtic worship, Taize, Yoga, meditation by contemplative prayer in the evangelican churches all across the country.  These activities have been advertised in my local newspaper in the religion section.  So, when is the New Age? It is NOW. It is here. It is in our churches as I speak…er…write!

There is tremendous power for the Christian who is trying to stay from deception by remembering Genesis.   The three lies of Satan can help us detect deception in the false ministries, false teachings, and new age philosophy of today’s ever increasing sinful ways.

1. Did God really say?   (Here read my book instead * The Bible is irrevelant)

2. You will not die.  (Sin doesn’t exist * there is no hell * reincarnation)

3. You shall be like God.   (God is already within all of us * man is divine * we are one with the universe)

Let’s turn this around so we can find the truth!

We are not like God. We are fallen and sinful.  But when we confess our sin, repent by turning away from sin, and call on Jesus Christ and follow Him as Savior, we can have eternal life. God’s Word is true, inerrant, and available for all who believe in Him. There is only one way to resist the sin that is presented to us on a silver platter day in and day out. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit.

When confronted with their sin, Adam blamed Eve, and then Eve blamed the serpent.  Who are you blaming for your sin or disbelief? Are you puffed-up, full of pride, relying on yourself instead of God? Are you trying to do things your way instead of God’s way? Will you rely on God’s strength instead of your own?


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