A hot argument is inflicting Identity Christianity today. It concerns the proper translation of Genesis 3:15, and gathers around a heathen philosophy which states that mother Eve was seduced by Satan himself, in the Garden of Eden and that the Jewish race came from this seduction and that this was what Jesus was speaking about, when He told the Pharisees in John 8:44: "Ye are of your father the devil ."

This booklet will be more or less a review of a book titled THE SEED OF THE SERPENT, written by James E. Wise. I picked this book, because it was short, yet expresses the main ideas of those within IDENTITY who are called SEEDLINERS.

It is not my purpose to poke fun at, or in any way show disrespect for those brethren who believe this heathen error. My purpose is to show you what the Scriptures say, then let you use the God given intelligence you have, to see and understand the truth.

Error is always bad, but error involving the teaching of God's Word, can be fatal. For once error creeps in any way, it is an opening the enemy has, which will lead to its complete destruction.

The key to SEEDLINE doctrine is found in Gen. 3:15, where God speaking to mother Eve and the "serpent" in the Garden, after the "fall," says: "And I (God) will put enmity between thee (serpent) and the woman (Eve), and between thy seed, and her seed; it (woman's seed) shall bruise thy (the serpent's) head, and thou (the serpent) shall bruise his heel." The main argument of the SEEDLINERS in this verse is that God is speaking to Satan, the fallen angel, who has just finished with his sexual seduction of mother Eve. But unfortunately, for their explanation, there is no indication that God is speaking to Satan. The Bible clearly says (Gen. 3:14) - "The Lord God said to the serpent (small "s" . . . because thou hast done this (whatever the act might have been), thou are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life." No indication here of some super-natural beings, since the Word says God addressed the serpent as He would have addressed one of the cattle of the field. The word "serpent" as used here and throughout this chapter is #5175 in Strong's Concordance - "nachash," which simply means a "snake from its hiss." If the word had been capitalized, it might have had reference to a non-Adamic person, but by no stretch of the most vivid imagination can it refer to Satan.

Let's look at a few more "key" words in this verse: ENMITY - #996 - Heb. "biyn" meaning: "between; among; within. In actuality it has seven different meanings, only the three mentioned above can fit into this setting.''

SEED - #2233 - "zera" meaning: "fruit; plant; sowing time; posterity; carnally, child; fruitful; seed-time; sowing time". It can very easily refer to children or posterity. The same word is used for the "seed of the serpent," as for the "seed of the woman."

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