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The Soul of Shame

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The Soul of Shame
Curt Thompson

The voice of evil has a very different intention than God does. Its intention is to twist and sully the story of joy and creativity that God created the man and woman for.

The devil engages in a conversation that introduces the possibility for doubt to enter the man and woman’s mental framework. Doubt not only about God but also about their recollection of history and by extension - and more importantly - doubt about the nature of her relationship with God. As Michael Polyani has pointed out, in order for us to doubt anything, at the moment we do we simultaneously put our trust in something else. We are invariably made for faith, to operate out of a need to trust something we cannot control.

In stating flatly that the man and the woman will not die and will be like God, the serpent offers a new rendition of the truth. The implication is that God does not want you to be like him. God does not want you to have what he has. He does not want you to be as close and connected to him as you might think he does. And by further implication, therefore, you are not as important as you think. You, as it turns out, are less than you think. You. Are. Not. Enough.

 

This is an excerpt from The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson.