Mary and Eve

Mary and Eve, created by Sr. Grace Remington

Two vulnerable women, separated by centuries; the first, newly created, freshly made to enjoy Eden and not quite knowing the subtleties of the serpent. Young, innocent and separated from her husband for a while, the snake struck. “Is God really good?” it asked. “Has He really your good in mind? Or is He keeping His best from you?” Each word was a smoky tentacle reaching into the recesses of Eve’s brain, manipulating her thoughts, convincing her of the rightness of the serpent’s reasoning. Within her, something was saying, ‘No, no, no! That’s not right!”

But her mind was slowly convinced, controlled by the subtle lies of the serpent, agreeing with him that God was holding out His best from her. And so, she took the fruit, and ate. And Adam, coming in the last minute and watching the subtle deception that was taking place, drawn into the strangely hypnotic scene, took the fruit from Eve, and ate. Then the spell was broken. And God’s heart was broken.

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Gen 3:13, NIV)

But God had a plan.

“I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”
(Gen 3:15, NIV)

The serpent used an innocent woman to spring his evil plan of destruction of the human race. God would also use an innocent woman, a virgin, to spring His plan of redemption of the human race.

The battlefield is in the mind. Whom are you going to believe, this Christmas?