Why didn't God severely punish the serpent?

Adam and Eve sin and fall and God punishes them pretty severely and harshly. The serpent, the one who caused evil in the world and caused Adam and Eve to sin, just gets his legs taken away so he and his posterity have to slither around. Big deal, snakes seem to be okay and still function just fine doing that. Why is it that the ones who sinned get punished so harshly, but the tempter who put them up to it and corrupts these innocent people when they didn't know any better gets a slap on the wrist basically?

Also, what does it say about God when he (according to christianity) finally eventually destroys Satan, that serpent, but only after trials and tribulations and eons of human suffering, woe, turmoil and death, especially when humans were blameless and tempted when they didn't know any better in the first place?

Finally, is this Genesis story truly an explanation of why evil is in the world? I mean, okay, it explains why people die and why we are subjected to evils and turmoil, but it doesn't explain why evil is in the world at all. The serpent was evil and had evil intentions, but he was already there before Adam and Eve ate the fruit and got punished. Evil clearly already existed in the world! This story explains nothing of the nature and cause of evil at all really. I know later in the New Testament the serpent gets associated with the devil and Satan, but Genesis never says this or goes into any elaborate explanation about this serpent or its origins.

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
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    Because it is just retold and misinterpreted ancient Sumerian mythology.

    “Even if we could read the Bible in Hebrew, we would still be reading a highly selective and edited version of events. It is not disputed that the bishops in the earliest Christian councils decided which texts should be included and which not. Texts which were considered unacceptable then, for whatever reasons, have always been regarded as outside the canon and therefore “apocryphal” rather than the canonised “holy” books.’ The 39 books of the Old Testament were the result of a protracted process of editing and collation.

    In the nineteenth century, a group of German scholars, studying various Biblical inconsistencies, came to the conclusion that there were four sources behind the Pentateuch, and their explanation is regarded by many as the best available. The word of Moses, which was supposedly written in the Sinai desert in the fourteenth or fifteenth century BC, was thus being edited hundreds of years later, whilst the Book of Genesis was an edited account of much earlier material.

    The first parts of Genesis, from the tale of Creation through the tales of Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden, the Tower of Babel, the Great Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Wars of the Kings in which Abraham was involved -- are all based on earlier Sumerian records. The origin of the Biblical seven days of creation is almost certainly the seven tablets on which the Enuma Elish was written. This is evident from the contrast between the first six Babylonian tablets describing Marduk’s acts of creation and the seventh tablet which is dedicated to a general exaltation of the god (and thus a parallel to the Biblical seventh day when God rested).

    During the last one hundred years, tens of thousands of clay tablets have been excavated in ancient Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) dating back to 6,000 years ago. Archaeological and linguistic studies trace the origin of the Elohim concept to a Babylonian epic text known as the Enuma Elish, which deals with the creation of the heavens and Earth by a Babylonian God named Marduk. There is amazing similarity between Genesis and the Enuma Elish except that one credits the creation of heavens and Earth to God, whilst the other credits it to Marduk.

    The HEBREW, EXILED IN BABYLON, WERE INFLUENCED BY THE ENUMA ELISH, which had been the most sacred Babylonian ritual text for over a thousand years.”

    The earliest books of Genesis were handed down from generation to generation by oral tradition, before the Hebrew people developed a system of Phoenician writing, around 1000 BCE. So the Hebrews remembered bits and pieces of the Sumerian texts and wrote them down ADDING THEIR TWISTS AND SPIN ON IT when they learnt how to write.

  • Galena
    Lv 4
    7 years ago

    the serpent did nothing but told a story of deceit. it was Eve who acted upon it. satan only suggests, we do the action. this is why we will be held accountable for the sins we commit. otherwise we'd be wrongly accused in every instance if satan manipulated us as demonic puppets.

    the nature of the evil was within the fruit itself. this is why Adam and Eve both saw things differently after they ate it. this is also why we continue to be born in sin, being offshoots of the original creation.

  • aeiou2
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    The serpent is one of the deepest mythological symbols. It has even symbolized DNA...

    The Biblical story which includes the serpent, is only a translation and modification of the Sumerian story..., created to suit the society of the contemporary era.

    What is represented by "God" created what is represented by the "serpent". For example, if reasoning was created from consciousness, why would consciousness severely punish reasoning? The evolutionary outcome of consciousness may be reasoning, if the environmental niche opens up to suit such transcendence, etc....

    Anyway, when we enter the final process of dying within our life cycle and when our rational sphere of the brain turns off, leaving consciousness within itself..., that could be described as "God" destroying Satan".

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    God isn't one to punish, unless it is to make people learn. he sent Jesus to teach us forgiveness. punishing the snake would be both a bad example, and cruel to the animal that he created. its only the moral that really counts, which is to not beat temptation. just as Satan tempted Jesus on his journey through the desert. It also teaches us that we have a responsibility, and need to handle our complex intelligence, emotions and choices

    funnily enough, the word has two meanings: a large snake, and "a sly or treacherous person, especially one who exploits a position of trust in order to betray it."

    just thought you might be interested

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  • 7 years ago

    WHO is the serpent?

    (Revelation 12:7-9) And war broke out in heaven: Mi′cha·el and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them any longer in heaven. 9 So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.

    The one called Satan

    Source(s): NWT
  • 7 years ago

    The bible said the serpent was punished by being forced to eat dirt and that's why snakes eat dirt to this day! Haha bible ftw!

    Ok, I just looked it up and snakes don't eat dirt! What the hell? My worldview is crumbling... Why didn't anybody tell me this?

  • ?
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    It doesn't say the serpent had legs.

  • Serpents are common symbols in many religions, belief systems and mystical traditions. Their meaning is translated variously as everything from the most evil to the most holy. The Serpent is either a deity or important symbol in many religions.... How did a common symbol become widespread? It must have had a common origin or understanding.

    In the book of Genesis it is the serpent that tempts Eve to turn away from God and be tempted by the promise of power. Because of this, the serpent is seen as evil.

    "Genesis 3:1-6 "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? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 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. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."

    Christian Bible - King James Version

    This is the story of the separation of the individual Spirit from oneness/unity with the Source, the Divine or God. The serpent, in this analogy, represents temptation, rebellion, selfishness and self aggrandizement. To "know good and evil" is to embrace duality rather than unity/oneness. To "know good and evil" is to embrace separation from the Source rather than maintain the Oneness/unity with the Source. To "know good and evil" is to embrace limited thinking and a win/loose model of living and surviving....

    the power it represented and the spiritual status of the Pharoah who was also the high priest. Depending on the time period and context, the serpent represented both good and bad: life energy, resurrection, wisdom, power, cunning, death, darkness, evil, and corruption.

    Acts 7:22 "And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.

    Christian Bible - King James Version

    Exodus 4:2-4 "And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

    Christian Bible - King James Version

    Wise as Serpents—Harmless as Doves

    Matthew 10:16 - "Be wise as serpents—and harmless as doves."

    Thus I have, as briefly and as clearly as I could, shown you how we must unite these two, the serpent and the dove, prudence and holiness. For lack of coupling these two together, true religion suffers much in the Christian world. "What Christ has joined together, let no man put asunder." Observe these two: prudence and holiness. Here is the serpent's eye in the dove's head. When these two, wisdom and innocence appear together, they are a preview of much good and happiness, which will befall a Christian.

    - Yours beloved Atheist

  • Wan
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Satan, he who create evil, Satan has an oath about that.

    .....'Satan then gave a horrible roar, and said: "Since thou willest to make me ever worse, I yet will make me that which I shall be able!" .....

  • 7 years ago

    God created all creatures..so god is like a father to all of them at that time..PITY i guess

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