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 of ‘water’:
“So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.” – Revelation 12:15
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.” – John 7:38
Clearly this is a ridiculous argument because it contradicts the balance of scripture. But let's manufacture another example using Serpent-seed logic. We could argue that because trees represent people, and fruit represents having sex (as they will show in point 3), then the following passage means Jesus killed a person because they wouldn’t have sex with Him:
“Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, ‘Let no fruit grow on you ever again.’ Immediately the fig tree withered away.” – Matthew 21:18-19
May we never entertain such twisted ideas about the Lord! Maybe now it becomes more clear how the mystical interpretation of scripture can lead to a thousand ‘corruptions of wisdom.’
To treat the scripture that way, we can pervert it into saying anything we want it to - as the Gnostics have already proven. Rather, let’s go back to the account of Eden in Genesis and see what it actually says.
“The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” – Genesis 2:8-10a
Clearly God made these trees just as He made Adam. But Adam was formed of the “dust of the ground” (Genesis 2:7), and the trees are made out of “the ground.” Why the difference if both are people? Also life was breathed into Adam’s nostrils making him a living being, so why not into the trees? But more importantly we also have to ask, if Adam was set among all these people in the garden, why does God say:
“It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” – Genesis 2:18
God makes Eve so that Adam has a companion. But if the trees were people, how could he have been alone? God must then have meant that He would make a woman for Adam. If that is the case, we have to assume that all the trees were men. If so, we have a new problem. God says:
“Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” – Genesis 2:16b-17
But if they are all men, and eating the fruit of the trees is having sex (as their argument goes), then God had apparently said to Adam, “God ahead and have sex with any of these men.” How can this ever agree with the following scripture?
“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions... men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” – Romans 1:26a, 27
There is another flaw in this argument. If all the trees are actually people, how is ‘the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ then Satan? Satan is not a human. Instead he takes on the form of a serpent in the garden. And if he is the serpent who brings Eve to the tree to tempt her, how can he also be the tree?
But we imagine the Serpent-seed adherents will contend that ‘the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ is actually the offspring of Satan and not Satan himself, problem solved – or is it? We will address this under point 6.
Let’s move on.
3 – SATAN SEDUCED EVE
“And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” – Genesis 3:13
This word ‘deceived,’ according to the Serpent-seed doctrine, means ‘to seduce’ in the original Hebrew. They cite the correct Strongs number (H5377) followed by its apparent definition (to seduce). Then they give us the English definition of the word ‘seduce’:
Deceived = H5377
Definition: to seduce
SEDUCE - (English Dictionary), means: “To entice someone into sexual activity. To make someone feel attracted to you and to have sex with you, often someone younger or less experienced.”
However, if you use a Strongs Concordance (which is a dictionary of the Bible categorised by numbers beginning with 'H' for Hebrew in the Old Testament and 'G' for Greek in the new), you will find the following definition of the word:
Deceived (Strongs H5377) – Click link to see.
To beguile, to deceive
So the word does in fact mean to beguile or to deceive, not to seduce. Please go ahead and click the image or the number to check for yourself. We offer the English definitions of these two words:
• Beguile: charm or enchant someone, sometimes in a deceptive way.
• Deceive: cause someone to believe something that is not true, typically in order to gain some personal advantage.
If that is true then the more traditional (literal) interpretation of the text holds – that Satan’s temptation was a deception, not a seduction.
Let's also look at a New Testament passage to cross-check the meaning. The passage is helpful because it must use a different word, (since it is written in a different language).
“And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” – 1 Timothy 2:14
What is the Greek meaning? Was she deceived, or was she actually seduced?
Deceived: (Strongs G538)
To cheat, beguile, deceive
Without question then, Eve was deceived by the trickery of the serpent who was said to be “more cunning than any beast” (Genesis 3:1). That word cunning emphasises the point, for it means : subtle, shrewd, crafty and sly.
So why did Eve desire the fruit?
“For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” – Genesis 3:5-6
She ate because he offered her forbidden wisdom, the ‘knowledge of good and evil’. The same lure still ensnares people to this day – we simply cannot resist the idea of gaining secret knowledge. It gives us a sense of power. The entire system of the occult is fuelled by this drive in us.
After eating, Eve offers the fruit to her husband. Now according to the Serpent-seed doctrine, this means that Eve went on to have sex with Adam. But that argument is also flawed because the text says that Adam himself ate the forbidden fruit:
“ ‘Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?’ Then the man said, ‘The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.’ ” – Genesis 3:11b-12
Adam could not have meant that he had been with his wife because Eve was never forbidden to Adam. So for him to have taken of the forbidden fruit and eaten it, he would have to have had sex with the serpent as well - or else the sin would have been on Eve only. But they were both guilty, therefore both their eyes were opened and suddenly they both knew something they didn't know before.
“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked.” – Genesis 3:7
Now notice what God says after that.
“Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” – Genesis 3:22
The meaning is very plain, Adam and Eve had gained knowledge they didn't have before. But in what way would they possibly have become ‘like God’, if the sin was forbidden sex and the result was a cross-breed pregnancy?
4 – EVE HAD SEX WITH SATAN
“but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” – Genesis 3:3
Furthermore the Serpent-seed doctrine goes on to say that the word ‘touch’ in this verse means ‘to lie with a woman.’ Thus when Eve took the fruit it means she slept with Satan.
Touch = H5060
Definition: “To lie with a woman”
Again we have to disagree with their definition.
Touch (Strongs H5060) – Click to see
to touch, reach, strike, to extend to, to be stricken, be defeated.
Can you begin to see how much trouble is being taken to distort the text and infuse a meaning that simply isn't there? But they are not done yet, so let's go on.
5 – EVE'S DESIRE WAS LUST
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.” – Genesis 3:6a
Once more we are offered a definition, this time the word ‘pleasant’ apparently means lust. After which they offer us the English dictionary definition of ‘lust’.
Pleasant = H8378.
LUST - (English dictionary): “Strong sexual desire”
Synonyms: sexual desire, sexual appetite, sexual longing, sexual passion, lustfulness, libido, sex drive, sexuality, have strong sexual desire for someone.
First let’s see for ourselves what the Hebrew meaning of the word is:
Pleasant (Strongs H8378)
Desire, wish, longings of one’s heart, lust, appetite, covetousness (bad sense)
Thing desired, object of desire
For once, their chosen definition actually appears as a possible option (amongst 5 others which they ignore). So to see what the intended meaning is, we use the context again. Go back just a few verses earlier and you find the exact same word used by God.
“And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.” – Genesis 2:9
God made the trees “pleasant to the sight”. No wonder Eve thought the tree was “peasant to the eyes”. ‘Pleasant’ in each case is translated from the same word. But look what God says next.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat.” – Genesis 2:9 16
If the meaning of ‘pleasant’ is actually ‘lust’, then according to their argument God would just have given Adam licence to lust over all the people in the garden. Surely then it is obvious that the meaning is simply something very desirable (like a new car or piece of jewellery could be), without the overtone of sexual appetite.
6 – GOD FORBADE SEX WITH THE DEFILED LINEAGE
The Serpent-seed doctrine contends that it is the lineage of Adam that is not allowed to touch or intermingle with the lineage of Satan. But we find more conflicts here. If the ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’, represents the lineage of Satan (through Eve), then how could it have existed with Adam in the garden even before Eve was formed? There could be no lineage without Eve.
There is another problem, look at the verse again:
“but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” – Genesis 3:3
After Adam and Eve sinned, they were banished from the garden. But the forbidden tree is “in the midst of the garden” – a garden they could no longer access. No word is said of the tree also being banished from Eden. So how could Adam’s descendants ‘touch’ a tree they had been separated from?
Yet ignoring all the flaws in their argument, they go on to say that the product of the union (of Eve and Satan) was a child – Cain. He and his lineage then are defiled and deeply evil ones, hence their constant strife with the righteous bloodline of Adam. They argue that this is the reason God, later in the Old Testament, forbade the children of Israel from inter-marrying with Gentile nations.
Let's test that by going back to the context in Eden again.
“So the LORD God said to the serpent:... I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” – Genesis 3:15
This statement is most peculiar if their argument is true. Eve is the common denominator here. In other words both Cain and Abel would be Eve’s sons. Both of them have Eve’s seed! So then God would have said He put enmity between ‘Satan’s seed’ and ‘Adam’s seed’ if that was His meaning.
Also note the second half of the verse, “He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel”. If God were talking about their descendants collectively, would He not rather have said, ‘they’ shall bruise one another under constant strife?
What is actually happening here is a prophecy fulfilled in the New Testament. Where Jesus (the seed of Eve through the lineage of His mother), is crucified by Satan’s ‘sons’. What do we mean by Satan’s so-called sons? Let’s look at extracts from a passage in John 8:37-44 which explains it. Here Jesus says to certain Jews:
“You are of your father the devil.”