Re: And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die
Realist1981, why is it that you couldn't come up with some DIFFICULT QUESTIONS!!! (That's a joke, people!)
I do want to say this, I honestly believe with all my heart that once that serpent, that thing, in the Garden of Eden said unto the woman, "Ye shall not surely die"...at that instant in time, the belief in reincarnation was born! Think about it. He told her, "You shall not SURELY die!" In effect, he could convince her in her mind that even if she did die, she would be born again as something else or someone else.
My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)