The Father of All Lies – 2 Nephi 2:17-19

17 And I, Lehi, according to the things which I have read, must needs suppose that an angel of God, according to that which is written, had fallen from heaven; wherefore, he became a devil, having sought that which was evil before God.
18 And because he had fallen from heaven, and had become miserable forever, he sought also the misery of all mankind. Wherefore, he said unto Eve, yea, even that old serpent, who is the devil, who is the father of all lies, wherefore he said: Partake of the forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die, but ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.
19 And after Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit they were driven out of the garden of Eden, to till the earth.

In this passage, Lehi teaches his sons about the temptation Adam and Eve experienced in the Garden of Eden. God had commanded them not to partake of the fruit of a specific tree and had warned them of the consequence: “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17). When God left them alone, Satan came to them and told two lies to convince them to eat the fruit.
  1. “Partake of the forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die.” – He directly contradicted the warning God had given them. Since neither Adam nor Eve had partaken of the fruit, they didn’t know by their own experience who was telling the truth. So they had to decide whom they would trust.
  2. “…but ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.” – In order to convince them to actually eat the fruit, Satan needed to convince them not only that nothing bad would happen but that they would be rewarded. By telling them that they would be like God, he simultaneously promised them something appealing and insinuated that God had a selfish and competitive motive for commanding them not to eat the fruit, thus challenging His credibility.
Today, I will be aware of temptations which mirror the original temptation in the Garden of Eden. If I encounter people who contradict the warnings of the prophets or who challenge their credibility, I will question the promises and the credibility of those critics themselves. I will place my trust in the guidance I receive from God.

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