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The snake’s laughter (Genesis chap. 3, verse 4)

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die

This is the clear and decisive response of the snake, who is going to drag the woman in her terrible and dark world. In my book “La Bibbia riscritta e commentata” I have translated the snake’s words in this way: “Hahaha! No, you don’t surely die.” The snake is no longer an animal, but a being highly refined and even diabolically ironic.

We might imagine a person that throws his head a little back and smiles sardonically. Rather than reassure, one would say that it is the laugh of a man who has enjoyed before the naivety of someone who naively believes in his fantastic stories. But the one that God had told Adam was not a fantastic story.

The mortal perspective linked to the result of the consummation of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is the mad rush toward the abyss of those who believe they can do everything, without limits or censorship. The snake does its job, to camouflage the reality of things, to deceive, to distort for the sake of seeing ruined the creature more beautiful and sublime created by God.

According to the Bible (cfr. Ez 28) also the snake one day was the “most beautiful” of all of the angels; he was the “guardian cherub” that God had placed in the garden of Eden. However, he became arrogant and he was thrown out, devoured by the flames that were unleashed by himself.

The snake of Genesis represent the “guardian cherub” and much more; it is the world of the evil that God did not create, why it came to be by virtue of a rebellion, something that broke away from the plan of God to become the parallel world of the darkness, constantly facing the abyss.

But Eve did not know all of this. She knew what was the order given to Adam; she knew that God would not deceive her; she has been living in a place – Eden – where she was missing anything. The snake has, however, a better perspective. Is it true?

Simone Venturini


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