Declaring the End: Cause and Effect

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

(Isaiah 46:10) KJV

Interpreting Bible passages works best when we understand something referred to as the broad narrative. There are some prevailing themes which are consistent from one end of the Bible to the other and back again. With this in mind we can make sense out of Bible passages which may otherwise look totally random.

Think about why a snake has venomous fangs. It’s an obvious advantage to an animal which has no limbs. One quick bite and the snake just has to wait at a safe distance until the prey keels over and is immobilized.

Humans and most other animals don’t have venomous fangs. We can capture and kill an animal in a variety of ways because of our hands and feet and the ability to use a weapon. Snakes can’t do that.

Obviously it doesn’t make any sense for a snake to have the ability to immobilize prey with venom if all of the creatures in the garden of Eden were herbivores. So, now we use deduction and apply the correct relationship between cause and effect to ask this question:

  • IF poisonous fangs are an adaptation to being limbless,
    • THEN when did snakes become limbless?
      • Was it before or AFTER the garden of Eden?

The answer is obvious and it’s expressly stated in scripture. However, the curse is part of the devotional for July, so we’ll get into it later.

June 26 – Vegetarian Silurian

What was the serpent in the garden of Eden? We propose that the serpent in Genesis 3 was a bipedal reptilian humanoid.


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