Reprint from and article will there ever be Peace;

Since the time of the Garden of Eden the human race has rejected God.  Satan used a tactic on Adam and Eve that was very appealing to our human desire for knowledge.  He told them, “You will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  Full understanding, knowledge and wisdom are what Satan said the results would be for eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Part of the deception of Satan is that we can make everything right on our own.  All of the  wars and rocket attacks and political posturing can be put right if we just talk to one another and work it out.  We can so it—-or so we imagine.  All we have to do is shake enough hands and compromise with our neighbors and we can achieve peace.

In the Garden , God told Man the following; [Gen.2:17-16]

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

Part of the deception of Satan–In Christianity, Satan is also known as the Devil and, although the Book of Genesis does not mention him, he is often identified as the serpent in the Garden of Eden. In medieval times, Satan played a minimal role in Christian theology and was used as a comic relief figure in mystery plays. During the early modern period, Satan’s significance greatly increased as beliefs such as demonic possession and witchcraft became more prevalent. During the Age of Enlightenment, belief in the existence of Satan became harshly criticized. Nonetheless, belief in Satan has persisted, particularly in the Americas.

The serpent in the Garden;

Etymology

Serpents (Hebrew: נחש‎ nāḥāš) are referred to in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. The symbol of a serpent or snake played important roles in religious and cultural life of ancient Egypt, Canaan, Mesopotamia and Greece. The serpent was a symbol of evil power and chaos from the underworld as well as a symbol of fertility, life and healing

History

The ancient Mesopotamians believed that their deities lived in Heaven, but that a god’s statue was a physical embodiment of the god himself.  As such, cult statues were given constant care and attention and a set of priests were assigned to tend to them. These priests would clothe the statues and place feasts before them so they could “eat”.  A deity’s temple was believed to be that deity’s literal place of residence. The gods had boats, full-sized barges which were normally stored inside their temples  and were used to transport their cult statues along waterways during various religious festivals. The gods also had chariots, which were used for transporting their cult statues by land.  Sometimes a deity’s cult statue would be transported to the location of a battle so that the deity could watch the battle unfold. The major deities of the Mesopotamian pantheon were believed to participate in the “assembly of the gods”, through which the gods made all of their decisions. This assembly was seen as a divine counterpart to the semi-democratic legislative system that existed during the Third Dynasty of Ur ( 2112 BC –  2004 BC).

The altars deceived you it was man in the Garden who did not listen to the command of God not to eat of the knowledge of good and evil. Man created his own gods, anthropomorphic deities .  The altars used it to scare you into coming to church to keep church attendance up, simple as that.  I fear not knowing God who created me more than what man created from an anthropomorphic deity.

Paganism will always keep your eyes off the Word of God, Christ who dwells within us.