David Jeremiah is the founder and host of Turning Point for God and senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, Calif. For more information on Turning Point, go to http://www.DavidJeremiah.org.
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) — Frank Abagnale, a high-school dropout, impersonated a Pan Am pilot and a pediatrician, passed the bar exam, and conned his way into a job in the Louisiana state attorney general’s office — all before his 2st birthday.
Then he got caught. Abagnale served prison time in France, then Sweden, then the United States where he was released early on his promise to cooperate with the FBI. The story was turned into “Catch Me If You Can” a popular 2002 movie starring Leo DiCaprio as Abagnale.
How, we might ask, could so many smart people be duped by a young man barely old enough to vote? If it seems impossible, all we need to do is turn to the book of Genesis to see how subtle deception can be. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were approached by history’s first and foremost faker: Satan.
When Satan brought his deceptive scheme into the Garden of Eden, he posed as a beautiful serpent and pretended to speak with the wisdom of God (Genesis 3). Adam and Eve fell for Satan’s ploy and fell from their created state of perfect fellowship with God. The Bible then becomes the story of God’s redemptive provision for not only Adam and Eve but all of their descendants who would embrace His sacrifice for sin and salvation through Christ.
The Bible is also a record of Satan’s attempts to fool the entire human race one way or another. The Bible contains the true story of a real fake — an exalted angel who tries to make people believe he is God. Thankfully, Satan’s fakeries and forgeries have been exposed so that we need not be fooled.
First, Satan’s forgeries. Not long after his first effort to counterfeit the wisdom of God in the Garden of Eden, we see Satan at work again, this time in the courts of Egypt.
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Source: Baptist Press