Hope Kremin Taft
· Lehi, UT ·"The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat."
Dr. Aschenasy, a Hebrew scholar said: "In Hebrew, beguiled does not mean "tricked" or "deceived", as commonly thought. Rather, the Hebrew word is a rare verb that indicates an intense experience evoking great emotional, psychological, and/or spiritual trauma. It is likely that Eve's intense, multilevel experience, this "beguiling" by the serpent, was the catalyst that caused Eve to ponder and evaluate what her role in the Garden really was."
Satan's [deceptive efforts] were not enough to deceive Eve into blindly eating the fruit. What it DID do was beguile her: made her question, made her doubt, and sent her on a soul-searching journey.
(Taken from WomenInTheScriptures.com)
I can honestly say that I can relate to this. My wife agonizes over doctrinal implications of some things; all of the subtle nuances. In the case of the virgin birth, it sends her into a tail spin due to her experience as an abuse survivor at the hands of her step-father. Me? Stuff like that is mostly "meh".... I am probably just too big, dumb and happy compared to her. Same thing with polygamy. Much angst. For me - same reaction, but much less muted (due to logistics of how do you pay for all that - when I can barely afford one family in a non-agrarian scenario...). But, still I am like "Whatever - God is all-powerful, so who am I to question motives or reasons..... Just get confirmation from the Spirit and roll with it." Maybe an STD check thrown in there for good measure if the woman was previously married?? Again - simple dumb and happy conclusion and response. Just the way I like it. My wife? Days, weeks, months, or years of agonizing over the implications.
So it is easy for me to picture the exact scenario portrayed in the endowment presentation. Adam - big dumb and happy and probably hanging out in the garden for quite some time because he was just too content to give it a second thought. Eve parsing the details over and over until she figured it out.
Mars and Venus, baby. It is what makes the world go around. A magnet (motor) will never spin, if stuck at it's null point. You have to have something to kick it into motion. A woman may just provide that spark in the relationship. After she has what she is driven biologically to (kids and a safe and stable nest), then it is usually the guy who kicks it in and is out always looking for the new Horizon (most of the explorers out there are guys, if you have not noticed). That is the stupid drug - go sail on an uncharted sea just so you can say you did it even though there is a 30% chance of returning alive.
I have to say that, if there were one person to get the job done of figuring out how to bring the house down based on human emotion, it would be our older bro, satanas. No veil over his mind to cause him to forget all of our weaknesses and quirks observed over billions of years. That, my friends, is an unfair advantage. In 24 years of marriage, I definitely cannot say that I have seen it all, but I can pretty closely tell you how any particular event will cause my wife to react. Imagine billions of years of interactions. It would be a perfected science - both on a macro (societal) scale and on a micro (individual) scale. Thus the need for discernment in order to know where any given action will lead us - before it happens. That gift is a powerful gift.