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Snakes get their food by hunting for it. Snakes are carnivores, and they look for many different types of animals to consume. Snakes will eat mice, rats, gophers, and other animals. Larger snakes can even eat deer, pigs, monkeys, or other smaller snakes. Snakes eat their prey by swallowing it whole. They do this by opening their jaws, which work like a hinge, wide enough to consume the prey, then swallowing it, where the body breaks down the body of the animal.
ETA: I'd say that spiders are FAR more deceptive than snakes ever could hope to be. If the bible wanted to use a deceptive animal as a metaphor for Satan deceiving Eve, the spider would make SOOOO much more sense. In fact, I think your whole account falls flat because the metaphor you provided doesn't hold up, the reason snakes are viewed as deceptive is because of the Genesis account.
What you are suggesting the bible did is looking for a metaphor for say a scary, venomous animal than using the frog for your metaphor. Sure, some frogs are venomous (like the poison dart frog) and some are scary looking, but that doesn't represent the species as a whole when again a spider (most spiders are venomous and they are all pretty creepy looking) would do well for your metaphor. You'd think God would know this, being god and all.edit on 27-1-2014 by Krazysh0t because: (no reason given)
reply to post by Krazysh0t
God chose the metaphor, not me. I choose to believe God. Also I edited my post because it sounded condescending, before you replied. That was not my intention.
My personal interpretation was the snake was a symbolic meaning Of the Devil ( the one who wants to make our human existence miserable)
What companionship would the Creator have If he made a world of mindless drones having only strength and perfectly programmed reactions and feelings.
He wanted us to have freewill so He could find out who he could trust just like what we all are looking for.
Before he created us , it was probably a deathly lonely place to exist.
But that's just my interpretation. Im as blind to our existence as every living person on this planet. Hopefully our having been tossed into this unknown place without a concrete answer of anything , will be answered someday after we die.
That's why God flooded the earth and destroyed cities.
The flood myth is nonsense. I tried to explain it as a part of cultural Genocide in an earlier answer, Genetics have proven in England that many of the residents of certain areas can be traced back pre Flood. The idea of a flood was merely to separate us from our true beginnings and impose monotheism on us by claiming we are all the spawn of Noah and his little band. Absolutely not. Where then does the Devisonian DNA come in. That is unique to SE Asia indeed largely the Polynesians and Australian Aboriginal people if I remember rightly.
The entire book of Genesis is cultural Genocide from start to finish.
actually, the flood is real, but was a 2-part story that ended up melded together in the story. one flood was localized to cities that had grown up around waterways called the black sea flood,, meaning it wasn't global. afterall, noah was instructed to bring 32 animals. how could 32 animals be huge amounts of animals necessary to account for saving the whole planet? the other was a global catastrophe and part of the ice age that wiped out most of the previous civilizations and lifeforms. in fact, the second verse of genesis 1 describes it.
the verse says The earth became tohu and bohu (a chaotic wasteland)
in the king james version it says the earth was tohu and bohu, which people assumed meant it was describing the state it was in as part of the creation process. this is not true. the word for "was" there, came from the word "hayah" which is translated "became" not "was". the word "was" is not listed in the definition of "hayah", but the word "become" is. this means the proper tense of become is became, not was.
this means something happened to make the earth become tohu and bohu. what might that be? tells ya right in the verse, the spirit of elohim moved across the face of deep water, which drew back to reveal dry land that was already there.
long story short, the ice age cataclysm is in the second verse of the bible and again in the story of noah but in the story of noah, it's mixed into it. likely the flood stories were coalesced into one story because the authors thought they were identical, but were not.
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I've always found it interesting that if you were to add up all the years of the lifespans described in the people of Genesis and subtracted that from the dates we have of Abraham , it matches pretty darn close to the end of the last Iceage. Very Interesting..
The fruit of
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Good and Evil.