Did Satan seduce eve in Eden?
There is a teaching gaining rapid momentum in South Africa at the moment. It says that the correct interpretation of Genesis reveals that Satan seduced Eve in the Garden of Eden and the product of their sexual relations was Cain. Able, on the other hand, was the product of Eve’s relations with Adam. Thus they conclude that two separate bloodlines exist on the earth today, one from Adam (the righteous line), the other from Satan (the defiled line), and that the peoples of these two bloodlines have been, should be, and always will be, at war.
A deeper look at this topic is becoming increasingly important because it provides the foundation for many other teachings that follow.
Note: for easy reference we will simply call this teaching the ‘Serpent-seed’ doctrine.
Before we discuss this doctrine itself, let's find out where it comes from. To do that we have to go back to a quote from Kabbalistic writings. Kabbalism is an ancient form of mystical Judaism. Its earliest roots come from the time of Israel's captivity in Babylon. Theoretically it is based on the Old Testament, however, while Judaism understood the text on its face-value meaning, the Kabbalists searched for its mystical meaning. This they derived through occult methods of interpretation which they learned from the Babylonians.
Their purpose was to decipher the hidden doctrine imbedded in the text, intentionally clouded to those who made a literal reading of it. Only an enlightened one could decode this secret knowledge. So those of the lower, literal interpretation, were seen as simple, fools and unworthy of illumination.
Through the centuries Kabbalism morphed into many forms, and today it underpins much of the dark and mystical arts. So let us look at a Kabbalistic interpretation of the events in Eden:
“Others say it was the serpent himself who seduced Eve, for after he saw Adam and Eve coupling, the serpent conceived a passion for her. He even imagined killing Adam and marrying Eve. So he came to Eve when she was alone and possessed her and infused her with lust. That is how the serpent fathered Cain, who was later to slay his own brother. And that is how Eve was infected with his impurity. As a result, all of Israel was impure from that time until the Torah was given on Mount Sinai. Only then did Israel’s impurity cease. When Cain was born, Adam knew at once that he was not of his seed, for he was not after his likeness, nor after his image. Instead, Cain’s appearance was that of a heavenly being. And when Eve saw that his appearance was not of this world, she said, I have gained a male child with the help of Yahweh (Gen. 4:1). It was not until the birth of Seth that Adam had a son who was in his own likeness and image. From Seth arose all of the generations of the righteous, while all the generations that descended from the seed of Cain are wicked, until this very day.”
The similarities between the Kabbalistic and the Serpent-seed accounts of Eden are extremely strong. In fact all the essential elements are exactly the same. However, if you compare them to a more literal interpretation (held by Judaic and Christian camps), you find major differences to the above account on every point.
It becomes clear then that the ‘Serpent-seed’ doctrine is Kabbalistic in origin. But we find it in other places as well. For example in the Gnostic writings. While the Kabbalists practiced mystic “Judaism”, the Gnostics practiced mystic “Christianity”. The word ‘gnosis’ means ‘knowledge of spiritual mysteries’. As with their predecessors, they re-interpreted the New Testament texts according to occult methodology, searching for deeper layers of hidden meaning.
“Serpent seed, dual seed or two-seedline is a controversial religious belief which explains the biblical account of the fall of man by saying that the serpent in the Garden of Eden mated with Eve, and that the offspring of their union was Cain. This appears in early Gnostic writings such as the Gospel of Philip (c. 350).”
Here is a quote from the Gnostic ‘Gospel of Phillip’ mentioned above.
“First, adultery came into being, afterward murder. And he (Cain) was begotten in adultery, for he was the child of the Serpent. So he became a murderer, just like his father, and he killed his brother. Indeed, every act of sexual intercourse which has occurred between those unlike one another is adultery.” – Gospel of Phillip
Again this Gnostic quote perfectly agrees with the Serpent-seed doctrine. But so that we get a clear picture of what nature of doctrine we are dealing with here, let’s take a few more quotes out of the so-called ‘Gospel of Phillip’.
“The world came about through a mistake. For he who created it wanted to create it imperishable and immortal. He fell short of attaining his desire.” – Gospel of Phillip
According to the Gospel of Phillip, the Holy Spirit is composed of women who were human but ascended to deity. A Mary, (who it says was Jesus' companion that had a physical relationship with Him), is named as becoming one of these. Knowing they call the Holy Spirit a woman we can understand this quote:
“Some said, ‘Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit.’ They are in error. They do not know what they are saying. When did a woman ever conceive by a woman?” – Gospel of Phillip
This female spirit is considered to be the mother of mankind.
“The soul of Adam came into being by means of a breath. The partner of his soul is the spirit. His mother is the thing that was given to him.” – Gospel of Phillip
It also states other anti-Biblical beliefs like the fact that men can become Christs, and gods. It calls God a “man-eater,” and teaches there is no such thing as good or evil. So we can see that these doctrines are in complete opposition to both Christianity and Judaism.
The Gospel of Phillip was only written around 350AD (all of 300 years after Phillip’s death, hence it was never authored by him). It was very common for Gnostic teachings to claim false authorship in an attempt to validate them. The Gospel of Judas, also penned after his death, being just one more example.
Behind all its complex narratives, Gnosticism teaches that God the creator is a malicious being who trapped mankind in ignorance. Understanding then becomes salvation. And thus to them, the serpent is the saviour, because he came to illuminate mankind, offering “the knowledge of good and evil”. Evil being ignorance, and understanding the forbidden mysteries then being the ‘good’.
This exact same belief holds pride-of-place in the modern occult teachings of those who openly worship Lucifer, such as Madame Blavatski and many others.
Even in the days of the Apostles these doctrines were beginning to surface and much of Paul’s writings was to refute them, in passages like this one.
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”– Galatians 1:6-8
The rapid increase of Gnostic teachings after the death of the Apostles was an enormous challenge to the purity of the faith. It did finally all but destroy the strength of the thriving early church. Paul saw this coming when he said:
“For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.” – Acts 20:29-31
Still there were those early believers, in the century after the apostles had been killed, who tried to hold back the tide of Gnostic influence and preserve the truth.
“Polycarp often exclaimed, ‘Dear God for what times hast thou preserved me, that I should endure these things!‘ He even went so far as to call a leader of the Gnostic movement the firstborn of Satan. Under no circumstance would the Christians recognise anything ‘Christian’ in this ‘Gnosis’ or ‘mystery knowledge’... the slightest contact with these counterfeits was considered dangerous beyond measure.” – The Early Christians in their Own Words by Eberhard Arnold, p31
“The Gospel of Philip is one of the Gnostic Gospels, a text of New Testament apocrypha, dated to around the 3rd century... explicitly rejected as heresy by Irenaeus (c. 180)”
This battle between a literal (face-value) interpretation, or a mystical (hidden) interpretation of scripture, has been raging since the beginning. And we contend that this Serpent-seed doctrine was birthed in the camp of the mystical. But let’s take a closer look at the actual teaching, to see how they use the scriptures:
THE SERPENT-SEED DOCTRINE
The building blocks of their argument are as follows:
The ‘serpent’ in the Garden of Eden is Satan.
The ‘trees of the garden’ are in fact not trees, but individuals or family-trees.
Satan ‘deceived Eve,’ actually means he seduced her into having sex with him.
‘Eating the fruit’ means having sexual relations.
Eve’s ‘desire’ to eat the fruit actually means she lusted after Satan.
When God said ‘do not touch the fruit’ He actually meant not to inter-marry or mix with the defiled lineage of Satan and thus put enmity between the two bloodlines.
Evidence of this enmity is seen in Cain (the son of Satan) killing Able (the son of Adam).
We can see here that a hidden meaning has been assigned to each of their points. So let’s discuss them in turn.
1 – THE SERPENT IN EDEN IS SATAN
According to their doctrine, Satan is the serpent in the garden of Eden. This point we agree with because the Bible makes the link for us. Satan we know is the one who fell from heaven.
“I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” – Luke 10:18b
“So the great dragon was cast out (of heaven), that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” – Revelations 12:9
He was the covering cherub who fell from heaven and took his underlings with him, and Ezekiel 28:13b-17 shows us he was in the Garden of Eden also.
“You were in Eden, the garden of God... You were the anointed cherub who covers... You were on the holy mountain of God... You became filled with violence within, and you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God... you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendour.”
As an interesting side note: notice the words, “you corrupted your wisdom”. A common thread throughout all the many doctrines of Satan, is that they are not completely false. Instead they are twisted truths – corruptions of wisdom. That is what makes his deceptions so cunning.
2 – THE TREES ARE PEOPLE
In the Serpent-seed argument, they quote the following two texts (from Jeremiah and Daniel), and conclude that the trees of the Garden of Eden must represent people, because in these two unrelated texts, trees are equated with people or people groups. Here is the first passage where God calls the children of Israel, a “Green Olive Tree.”
“The LORD called your name, Green Olive Tree... the LORD of hosts, who planted you, has pronounced doom against you for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke Me to anger in offering incense to Baal.” – Jeremiah 11:16-17
In the next passage, Daniel is interpreting a dream Nebuchadnezzar had, saying that he (and therefore his kingdom), were great on the earth.
“The tree that you saw, which grew and became strong, whose height reached to the heavens and which could be seen by all the earth, whose leaves were lovely and its fruit abundant, in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and in whose branches the birds of the heaven had their home—it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong; for your greatness has grown and reaches to the heavens, and your dominion to the end of the earth.” – Daniel 4:20-22
There is no concrete reason in the text for us to connect these two metaphorical passages with Eden. The simple fact that the common word ‘tree’ appears in all is not evidence.
By using this sort of loose logic, one could ‘prove’ just about anything. For example one could say Satan is a disciple of Jesus by combining these two quotes which both speak o