What is the curse spoken of in Genesis Chapter 3? And why would God consider putting a curse on anything?
Exodus 33:20 KJV - And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
1 Timothy 6:15-16 KJV - Which in his times he shall shew, [who is] the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom [be] honour and power everlasting. Amen.
These verses say that no “man” can see God the LORD nor approach unto him and still live or be alive. That which can die (man) cannot approach God and still be. No man can approach upon the “light” of God.
Psalm 8:4-5 KJV - What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
It says here in Psalm 8 that man [and the son of man] is made a little lower than the angels, where the word for angels here is the same word used for “God” in Genesis 1, where “God” defined from Strong’s Concordance means “rulers, judges, angels..”. Man was originally made lower than the Gods. In fact:
Genesis 2:7 KJV - And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Genesis 3:19 KJV - In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.
The LORD God formed man, and man was actually the “dust of the ground”. Not only was man made lower than God, but he was made as the dust of the ground, which implies “man” is the lowest “life”.
James 4:14 KJV - Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
And it says in James that our lives are but a vapor that vanishes away like dust in the wind.
Genesis 2:15-17 KJV - And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
The LORD God took the man [the “low life” he had formed] and put him into a garden that he would work and guard. So allegorically speaking, this “man” the dust of the ground is really also part of a “garden” that grows trees. And he tells him that he can eat of all the trees in his garden for “free” except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree of knowledge of good and evil would cost, where the price of eating from the tree would be his “life”.
The tree of knowledge would give man the ability to know good and evil, which in turn meant “death” to the low man made of dust. But then there was the tree of life also in the midst of him.
John 1:3-5 KJV - All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Genesis 2:9 KJV - And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
John 1:1, 4 KJV - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
In Genesis 2 is says the LORD God blew the spirit of life into man. John 1 says that life is in the Word; the Word that is God. And this life that is in God (Word) is also the light for man. The life that the LORD blew into the man also gives him light (i.e. it presented man with something to see). But the darkness in the low man could not comprehend this light and what it presented to man to see. The low man of dust could not comprehend the word that shined the light of life.
Genesis 6:3, 5-6 KJV - And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. ... And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man…
Genesis 2:17-18 KJV - But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
The breath or spirit of the LORD (life) was not quite enough to keep man from eventually needing some help [to proceed further]. Man was dust and the life breathed into him was not enough to keep him out of trouble because he could not yet comprehend the light that was brought to him; the light that also brought him his life. He did not yet have the knowledge of good and evil, the ability to judge that there was a difference between them, so the darkness rules because it does not have the ability to comprehend the light. Man is “flesh” or dust (i.e. low life), and evil cannot comprehend good (dark/light), without some type of knowledge [and understanding] of both. There is no separation between good and evil before the tree of knowledge is used, and good cannot be recognized for what it is.
But the knowledge from this tree would shine so bright that it could kill all darkness (evil) in the man and therefore surely kill him too because in his lowest life form (darkness) man could not even begin to comprehend (understand) the light and it would simply wipe him out completely (i.e. “destroy man”), as light scatters darkness. And evil or darkness cannot be in the presence of God (light) and still be. The waters of the flood [that destroys man] represent the doctrines (words) from the tree of knowledge. The doctrines have the power to show man the difference between good and evil, and the immediate total and complete understanding of this in itself would kill him because he cannot comprehend it while still merely being the low man who is dust. In his lowest level, man cannot comprehend the LORD (light, the Word). Remember from above, no man can see God and live. If man were to eat of this tree and immediately gain the wisdom from it, he would “die” (be destroyed from the flood of light (i.e. waters, doctrines, Word) simply from being in the presence of God’s light. Again darkness cannot comprehend light because it completely engulfs it.
But the LORD God “said” that man being completely wiped out was not “good” so he would “help” the man. [The word “alone” in Genesis 2:18 is not in Strong’s Concordance meanings. So this can be interpreted as saying “not good that man should be as this”]. For some reason the LORD did not think it would be good for man to be completely wiped out or die from the tree of doctrines. Just has it also says in Genesis 6 about Noah.
Genesis 6:7-8 KJV - And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
The LORD found a way for man to survive destruction from the flood, from the light, from the doctrine of Words, because he loved man.
The LORD God made low life man. However, LORD did not want man to have remain in this low form forever, so he said he would destroy man. But he also found a way to help him. How would man be helped?
Genesis 2:18 KJV - And the LORD God said, [It is] not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
The LORD God makes the low man to eventually be destroyed by the tree of knowledge. But even though he would destroy man that he created, somehow through the process of this death man could in turn be saved anew.
Genesis 2:19-20 KJV - And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
Out of the ground, the LORD first formed the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air. Remember, man is the dust of the ground, so these things come from man and also become part of man from the ground. The man called out names for these beasts but his “help” was not found in them. You see the LORD is in the process of creating something that could save man from the imminent death that would be caused by the tree of knowledge. The low life man had to eventually die, but the beasts and the fowls were not enough to help him; they would not [in themselves alone] be what saves man from the death caused by the tree.
The LORD was creating something inside of man that would be able to protect him when he ate of the tree of knowledge; something that would help him survive death from the “light” from the doctrines; something that would save him from the light, the flood [of] light. The beasts and fowls were not enough (i.e. the death or sacrifice of a beast could not save man, something more would be needed to truly help him).
Genesis 2:21-22 KJV - And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
So the LORD God put Adam to sleep and while he slept he went down into him. [The Hebrew words in Genesis 2:21 imply that the LORD God actually went down into Adam; he went to sleep in him]. He then took one of his sides (the word for rib is actually “side”). When the LORD went down into Adam he now had two sides (Adam/LORD). The LORD took his side and made something that would be able to “help” the man, and she also became part of man as one of his sides, yet still “one” man (“one flesh”).
Genesis 2:23-24 KJV - And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
This can be understood twofold. A male entity (spirit) leaves his heavenly father/mother (Gods/Elohim) and cleaves unto his body, his wife, as one person (spirit & soul of man). And then also the male side of the human psyche forsakes his carnal mind (“earthly” mother/father) and cleaves to his soul/his own flesh and protects and directs it it as the LORD has directed each human being to do.
Ephesians 5:25, 29-30, 32 KJV - Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; ... For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. ... This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Colossians 1:18 KJV - And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.
The LORD (male) is the true head (to be in control) of the body, and mankind is the church, his church, where mankind’s bodies are members of that complete church, the bride (i.e. female side) of Christ. The body represents the church. The LORD gave himself for the body, the Church, his bride. But this is not necessarily the physical body that experiences this world. Even the words “flesh and bones” have spiritual connotation.
Now back to Genesis 2. The LORD became a part of “man” when Adam went to sleep. And the LORD made a helper out of his side. But how would this woman come to help man in his journey through the forest of trees, where one would indeed take his life when he ate of it? The LORD “gave” himself to mankind by coming down into mankind as one of his sides. He became the potential of man’s male side, so he gave himself to the Church, his “bride”, the other side of man that the LORD made from himself. And she, would in turn, help man release that potential.
Genesis 3:1, 4-5 KJV - Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? ... And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The serpent is one of the beasts that came from the ground of man. The LORD made the serpent to be subtle (hard to understand). So the serpent’s words “tricks” the woman into eating of the tree of knowledge. One way to look at his words portrays a lie, and the other way is the truth because he speaks so subtly. The serpent confirms that they can indeed eat of all the trees of the garden, and that she (the soul of man) would not die. But he fails to clarify that it would indeed kill her husband [her LORD/Adam, the low man, her head), who she was a side to, a part of]. The LORD has come down into mankind [asleep] and literally became part of the low man who is dust so he could in turn die for the man (dust), as the man, in his place. The woman (soul) would not technically “die” but her male side (her head, see 1Co11:3), who now is also the LORD would; because low man cannot see God and live, and this tree would make man as gods. So man who was made lower than the gods would become like them by partaking from the tree of knowledge. However, because the woman is connected to man [as one] this will also affect her in a big way. And due to the serpent’s subtle words, she was deceived to think this would not destroy the low man of dust.
It was all planned out to be this way by the LORD. He used the serpent [that he created] to destroy the man [who was made lower than the gods] by the flood of doctrines from the tree. But remember, he also created a way for low man to be helped, so that he would not be “completely” destroyed.
Genesis 3:13-15 KJV - And the LORD God said unto the woman, What [is] this [that] thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Death from the tree of knowledge was now eminent. And all the rest of the days of the serpent’s life [within mankind] he would be cursed to eat dust (mankind) until he [and the low life man that sustains the serpent] finally die. And with this curse there would be hatred between him and the woman and their seeds. The serpent would be seen as bad, from the woman’s point of view, until the curse was broken.
The curse serves a purpose for man. The curse is part of the process of death for the low man who is dust. The serpent is cursed to consume low life man (dust) until their death. And the serpent serves a very important purpose in the curse.
Genesis 3:17-19 KJV - And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.
Adam heard his wife’s voice and listened to it, and therefore ate of the tree. At this point man did not know any better and therefore listened to the wife’s voice. But this was inevitable until he gained the ability to know good from evil. She brought the man of dust into death and into the curse from the tree, but it was not all in vain. The LORD God made the way for this to happen, but he also made the way for man to overcome the curse.
A curse was put on the ground of the low man who is just the dust until he returned to the ground. In Genesis 2 the LORD created man from the ground, as dust, but he then put the dust into the Garden to till the Garden. The Garden produces fruit when man (who is dust) becomes part of that Garden; that ground that he comes from. Man was made to be part of the ground. Eating of the tree caused man to lift from the ground (i.e. knowledge lifts up, 1Cor8) and be inflated above the ground (i.e. become dust in the wind). The eating from the tree of knowledge causes man to be cast out of the Garden that the LORD made to be mere “dust in the wind”. When the dust (i.e. man) is lifted above his ground, the ground is cursed to produce nothing. Man (dust) cannot property till the ground [as he was made to do, Gen 2:5] if he is not on the ground.
The curse gives man the opportunity to return to his ground rather than just remain as scattered dust all the days of his life. The dust will die one way or another, but if the dust (man) lowers himself back to the ground on his own accord the curse can be broken. The tree gives man knowledge, but this knowledge initially lifts man and inflates his ego. Because remember what it also says in 1 Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 8:1-2 KJV - …we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
Man may have gained knowledge from the tree, but this knowledge wasn’t what he really needed to know as he needed and ought to know it. Low man cannot comprehend the light and so therefore really knows nothing as he ought to know. Love must play a role in breaking the curse to help man better understand the knowledge gained.
The woman helps the low man to eat from the tree because he didn’t know what he was doing and didn’t know any better, but after this happens man can begin to learn from his mistakes.
1 Timothy 2:11-15 KJV - Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
After the death of her husband (Adam), the can woman begin to birth her LORD Christ anew, if she is no longer usurping authority over the man as she is doing in Genesis 3. The woman must learn to be silent and come to understand she must surrender to her LORD.
Galatians 3:13 KJV - Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:
Again, the curse serves a purpose. The curse gives the low man the opportunity to do something, to move onto something else. It tells him to return to the ground, it tells man to “die” and take up his own “cross” and cross from carnal to spirit. The tree of knowledge lifts man from the ground and gives him knowledge from the doctrine of light. But the curse distorts the light of God and shades man from the light so man is not yet completely destroyed by it, but it makes him drift around like dust in the wind. The light becomes the “law” of man. Without the curse there is no allowance for man to return to the ground (die in itself, dust as seed in ground, 1Cor 15:36), and there would be no provision for him to move on from his low life self and from his carnal mind. Curses are created to be broken by means of a certain process, acknowledgment, or improvement that breaks the curse.
Exodus 33:20, 22-23 KJV - And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. ... And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
Low life man cannot see the Face of the LORD. The hand of the LORD covers man and protects him from his light. Man can only see the back of the LORD. Man sees the light backwards. Because remember 1 Corinthians 8:1-2 KJV - …we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. We think we see the truth, but we are really looking at it backwards and we know nothing as we ought to know. The curse distorts the light and reverses it as a mirror does light. Man sees the LORD through a glass darkly because he cannot see God and live. Man only sees in part because of the curse:
1 Corinthians 13:8-10, 12 KJV - Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. ... For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
The curse protects man from the direct light of the LORD until man is ready and willing to know the truth. The light is darkened by hand of the LORD that shades man from the power of the light. This darkened light is written on two tables of stone as the law. However the law still has the power of the LORD, the power to destroy man until the curse is broken. But the curse gives man “time” to contemplate the situation. And it gives man the opportunity to lower his dust back to humility if at all possible.
Exodus 34:1-2 KJV - And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon [these] tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.
Romans 7:9-11 KJV - For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the commandment, which [was ordained] to life, I found [to be] unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew [me].
Man did not know anything before he ate of the tree, but the knowledge gained was not the complete truth, because it is the backwards truth; light shaded by the hand of the LORD to protect man from immediate death from seeing God. The knowledge was not the complete truth because the light of it was darkened due to the curse, the curse that has the power to save man.
Romans 7:12-14 KJV - Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Hebrews 7:16 KJV - Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
You see, low man cannot comprehend the light, not even the shaded darkened light. The light that is Spirit is given to carnal (low) man, in hopes he would one day understand and use its power to have true life [as a man]. But since man cannot comprehend the light, he turns the light into a carnal commandment that simply kills the Spirit, and this “death” is what kills the LORD who is Spirit. That which is good (light, spirit) breads death to the LORD because carnal low man cannot comprehend the light and turns it into the carnal commandment which slays the saint within man. In essence the carnal understanding of the law put the Spirit to sleep. The Spirit “dies” because carnal man cannot comprehend the darken light and the carnal mind takes over. The light is darkened (shaded) so it does not kill the man [who is carnal], so it kills the LORD (Spirit) instead, asleep in the man. When this happens the doctrines that are spirit are understood in error and sin is born. Sin is the acknowledgment of wrong doing. In sin, the Spirit cannot live because there really is no sin. Sin is the misunderstanding of the carnal mind, the distortion of the light by the carnal mind to produce the carnal law that is death to the Spirit who is the LORD. This is the deception of the subtle words, the distorted doctrines that deceive and slay man [and the LORD]. The law is good, but when the light of it becomes distorted by the carnal mind of the low life man it causes death of the Spirit. But the LORD also intends for this light, this flood of doctrines to someday somehow destroy man (low carnal man), so his Spiritual counterpart (Christ) can come back to life. The LORD dying in man, in his place, gives man the potential for life again. He is in man as this potential and this is the true light of man. The LORD prepares the way for this when he comes down into Adam, asleep as they eat of the tree of knowledge. This is how the LORD gives the low man his light, his initially darkened shaded light, which gives him the potential to save him from his carnal mind once the low man returns to the ground. The carnal commandment is made by man from his misunderstanding (deceived by sin) of the light which is really spirit. But ironically the carnal commandment is the very thing that starts man on his journey to the LORD. [The anti-venom is in the venom itself.]
The LORD himself becomes the curse when Adam eats from the tree because he and his power are already part of the sleeping Adam. He and his power create the curse but are also made into the curse. The power of the LORD came down into man (asleep) and became the curse once man ate from the tree. This power of the LORD (i.e. Christ) in turn provides the mechanism to break the curse. The LORD creates the curse, but also provides a way for man to break the curse, and the way to break the curse also comes from the helper that he created. The curse puts man in limbo [in this world] until he is ready to be saved and ready to move on from his low carnal self and return to what he came from. The curse therefore gives man a chance to be saved, if he so desires to be saved, from the imminent death being caused by the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 3:16 KJV - Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
The very things (woman and serpent) that the LORD created to cause man to eat of the tree and die, would be the very things that he uses to save mankind from completely being destroyed.
Genesis 3:7 KJV - And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
The woman could not completely comprehend the dual subtle words of the serpent, so she was deceived into eating of the tree that caused a flood of light to their two eyes that were now open. Out of the mouth of the serpent came a flood of doctrines that she could not understand because the LORD intentionally created the words of the serpent to be subtle. Subtle enough to be dark and uncomprehend-able (confounded, deceiving) at first glance. The LORD knew the light from the tree would be too great and could completely slay the low life man, so he utilized the dual mouth of the serpent to explain the light (doctrines of words) in a way so man would be shaded from the full power of the light of God. Yet the power of the light was still there, it was just shaded enough to confuse and deceive the man into believing a lie. The lie that actually saves the man who is dust from being completely consumed by the light. But in this distorted light (the lie), is the hidden truth.
Revelation 12:15-16 KJV - And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Proverbs 18:21 KJV - Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
The serpent is a protection mechanism the LORD God uses to twist and confound the light which shades (protect) man from the power that would completely kill him. The flood that destroys low man comes from the mouth of the serpent. This flood has both the power to kill and to save. Both death and life are in the power of the tongue. So the earth (lower side of the words) helps the woman by opening up its mouth and protecting her from the flood [of powerful light] that has the power to kill man. The mouth of the earth shades man from the power of the light of God from above. The LORD uses the dual mouth of the serpent to tone down the light (twist is to a lower level, earth) so low-man cannot completely understand the light and therefore be smitten by it. But this light, these words, still have the power to kill low-man, but in this power to kill is also the power to bring him to a new true life, and therefore bring him to a new level of life, as his low-man (carnal mind) dies. This protection mechanism allows man to be transformed rather than destroyed (Romans 12:2). It is like the sun, it has the power to burn things up, but in the right frequencies (alternating doses of light) it brings life.
Psalm 121:5-7 KJV - The LORD [is] thy keeper: the LORD [is] thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 KJV - And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, [even] as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able [to bear it], neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
The LORD shades man from the spiritual light of God that carnal man cannot even begin to understand. It would actually be “evil” unto him because it destroys him, because man cannot see God and still live. The powerful light of God smites carnal man and kills (i.e. burns him) him because he cannot not yet bear it.
So the LORD God uses a mechanism to protect man so he has the chance to change his carnal mind to spirit. The LORD uses the dual tongue (power of death and life) of the serpent to spew skewed doctrines out of his mouth which confounds the word (subtly twists it) and shades the light just enough to protect carnal man from being completely destroyed by it. The curse of the serpent is the very mechanism the LORD uses to give man the ability to overcome death by being transformed (Romans 12:2). The curse gives man a chance to transform himself by using the power the LORD God has put within him to do so. The LORD came down into man and became cursed to live as a carnal man shaded from the true light of God; to live out the curse as man whose life and power is what actually protects the carnal man from being completely consumed by the light. But this dormant power of LORD God within man must be recognized and understood for the curse to be broken; for the serpent to “die” and allow for the true potential of light; for the woman to give birth anew and resurrect her LORD that saves her (the soul of man); for the carnal man to “die” and return to the ground so he can begin to till the tiny seeds of the Word. The cycle and curse of the serpent consuming the dust (which is low man) can be broken, but the only way this happens is for carnal man to be completely consumed by the light. However, the LORD has come down into man (with man) and given him power over this death, which is the power to be transformed. The woman must birth her Christ the LORD which brings man into the true direct light of God and not just the darkened shaded light that confounds carnal man until he is ready to move on from the carnal mind. And once man is ready, the power of her LORD will protect her from the second death (Rev 2:11).
1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV - For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Hebrews 2:9, 14 KJV - But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. ... Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Partaking of flesh and blood is death, death to the Spirit as it partakes to live as a flesh and blood “man”.
But who is really is this serpent that lives within man; to whom the LORD gives the power death and uses this power to destroy man, carnal man, by the flood of the waters? Who is this serpent that spews water (doctrines) out of his dual mouth, the distorted the Word of God which darkens the Light of God and entraps man [and “Jesus”] in this realm [of flesh and blood] that is a little lower than the angels? The dual subtle words (tongue) of the serpent from the tree of knowledge of good and evil have the power of both death and life. His words contain both, and both must be seen for the tree of life to obtain power over death, the death from the tree and the curse from the LORD. Once man sees the power of his tongue via the spiritual powers of the LORD (Holy Spirit) risen from the dead [within], the power of the LORD (because of his death on the tree which in turn projects into man the power to transform himself within himself) destroys the serpent (devil) that has the power of death in his tongue and in his bite. The serpent’s tongue is then twisted back to spirit to be used instead for life, which is the same as anti-venom that is made from the venom itself. The serpent speaks the mysteries of God [in a dark dual subtle tongue=power of death] and which is a type of witness of the Light, a reflection, a backwards representation of the light. The power of the serpent destroys the low man and consumes the dust until man is able to reach the true light of God. But without the serpent, without its curse that keeps man trapped in limbo until he is ready, there would be no witness or shade from the true light. This shade, this reflection of the light, is what preserves mankind’s life here in this world until he is ready. Without it, low-life mankind would be taken immediately back to God and out of this world as dust consumed in the wind and fire. Therefore, shade is essential for mankind to live here and be able to gain the ability to believe and trust in the Love of God yet not be completely consumed by his Light.
John 1:6-12, 15 KJV - There was a man sent from God, whose name [was] John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all [men] through him might believe. He was not that Light, but [was sent] to bear witness of that Light. [That] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: ... John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
John 3:28-30 KJV - Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I [must] decrease.
John the Baptist covers man in the water of the word, the doctrines of water. He bore witness of the true Light but is not that Light, and he must also continue to decrease as the Light increases. The world (carnal mind) cannot know the true Light, and needs a witness to tell of that Light in a way that it can eventually be understood. The serpent is not the LORD, but the LORD uses it as a witness to help man eventually get back to him. The waters wash carnal man in doctrines that have the ability to eventually destroy carnal man (i.e. “decrease) so man can be transformed into the sons of God and live anew (increase) in the Spirit. The LORD does this for his bride, the woman, mankind’s body and soul. And once the woman hears his voice she will come.
The curse is actually a blessing from the LORD. The LORD subjected himself to the curse when he came to be asleep in Adam (came into or unto his own, John 1:11). And when man gains the ability to judge from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the curse entraps man in the curse until he is able to overcome the curse. But without the curse there would be no world (i.e. the LORD dead, asleep in man as his potential for real life), and there would be no ability for the soul of man (the woman) to remain alive in the world by the grace of God guided by the Spirit after the curse is broken.
The curse is part of the story, the allegory, that tries to help us understand why and how we are here.