> Milo wrote:
> > It's ironic ancient societies worshipped the snake, which is
> > cold-blooded, unable to feel human empathy, and which is
> > ultimately a predator. IMO, the problem is not that the snake
> > does represent great knowledge and wisdom, but rather that it
> > was worshipped - worshipping the creation rather than the
> > Creator is what led to the fall into the primitive reptilian
> > mind set, where selfish survival is the bottom line.
> You're judging ancient Cro Magnon and the Neandertals with a
> modern mindset, corrupted by religious fundamentalism. They
> would never have thought in such terms.
> There is nothing wrong with worshiping creation rather than the
> Creator. IMO that's what SHOULD happen if you're going to
> worship anything.
Worshipping creation is putting the cart before the horse, IMO... looking the wrong way for guidance for our destiny. As I stated, I acknowledge the Serpent possesses wisdom, but even Christ acknowledged that. The problem is that the Serpent is cold-blooded, lacks human empathy and is a predator. "Be wise as serpents but as gentle as a dove" is a more complete psychological profile.
> There's no evidence there is a Creator of any kind.
The evidence there's a Creator is that there's an intelligence behind creation.