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Blinded by Deception

In Genesis 3:6, we are that “Eve saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold.” All of these refer to the sense of seeing.

Yet, after she eats the fruit, we read, “And the eyes of both of them were opened.”

The devil’s deception led Adam and Eve to imagine themselves to be seeing when they were, in fact, blinded. The tree did not, in any way appear “good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold”, for it was forbidden. This appearance was a delusion, presented to them by the devil just as he presented deceiving visions to Our Lord in His temptations in the wilderness. These are not true visions, but illusions.

When Adam and Eve sinned, the delusion ended, the devil departed and their sight, as it were, returned. Suddenly, they saw clearly, that is, according to truth and reason. Worst of all, they saw that their condition had been changed by their disobedience and they felt themselves deserving of punishment.

How often does temptation blind us with illusions?

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