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In the garden of Eden, where did the snake come and why did God create him?

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Thank you for your question regarding creation and the fall. 

The simple answer is that God made everything, but the Bible makes it clear that God made everything good. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good (Genesis 1:31). Naturally, this would include the snake (also called a serpent). 

However, the question of the serpent goes to a deeper issue regarding the devil himself, who I'm sure you know, is evil. Again, all of God's creation, and this includes angels (which the devil was before his own fall) were good when God created them. However, the devil chose to turn away from God and therefore chose evil. 

The serpent was made good, but because of sin it's goodness was distorted. This also happens today in other ways: good things like relationships can be distorted because of sin. Money can be a good thing, but because of sin it is distorted. Sin will always distort what is good.

We then see the mark of sin continue through to today. God cursed the serpent and told it "on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life." (Genesis 3:14). All snakes today continue to crawl on the ground. The curse of women having pain in childbirth and of men having to work to get food are still with us. 

Evil today exists in the world because of choice; people have the choice to turn their back on God. God has not created us to be like robots without freewill, only complying with a set of rules. God has given us freedom of choice, of which we should be grateful. We have this freedom because God wants us to love him; to remove this choice would mean that it would not be possible to love God.  

Furthermore, although God has created us, he did not create us to sin. This means that he is not morally responsible for the evil we do. The sin we commit is on us alone. 

This causes us a problem because we are held morally accountable for our sin. We are separated from God because of our sin. However, as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:21)

This verse tells us that the responsibility of human sin began with Adam, the first human, and has passed through each of us. However, there is another man who has come to give us resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ, the Son of God who became human in order to save us. 

Through his perfect life, Jesus taught us how to live, through his death on the cross he paid for our sin and by rising from the dead he showed his power over death. 

In summary, God made everything good but because of sin, the good things God has created have become twisted, not as they should be. It is clear that evil exists in the world today, but there is also a way that we can be saved today too: by asking God for forgiveness from our sin and placing our trust in Jesus to save us. 

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour? If not, I encourage you to do so today!

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