Then the serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5 For God knows that on the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
— Genesis 3:4-5
Those who walk in the land of the half-dead—the half alive—are living zombies who live according to the course of the world animated by the spirit of this world, which is Satan. They are engaged in fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the lusts of the mind. What is their motto? “If it feels good, do it.”
God has given to us the amazing and marvelous gift of imagination, and by that gift, we may entertain unholy fancies and lay the reins upon the neck of the steeds of passion, always stopping short of the act.
Underlying this is a subtle tool of the devil. He places fear in human hearts along this line: If you get too close to God, you are going to be unhappy; if you live life His way, you are going to be miserable. Satan’s first lie is: God will make you miserable; the other side of this lie is: sin is good.
The truth of the matter is, it is only sin that is harmful; it is only sin that will hurt us, ultimately, because God loves us with an infinite love. His banner over is us is love and He desires nothing but good for us.