I have recently been reading a book by Jordan B. Peterson entitled 12 Rules for Life: An Anecdote to Chaos
In talking about the differences between men and women he draws upon the oldest couple on our planet, Adam and Eve, to explicate the divine nature of women.
He proposes that the reason the serpent tempted Eve, found in the Holy Bible, Genesis: Chapter 3, was because she could not be tempted by Adam.
Let me unpack this idea:
From the Biblical account there is no reason to suppose that Adam would have been resistant to the temptation of Satan to partake of the forbidden fruit. Had this story unfolded differently and Adam partook of the forbidden fruit, Peterson believes that he would not have been successful in persuading Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. He surmises this given the nature of most men. Adam, like all men, would blame his circumstance on the serpent and fixate on his needs. Not a convincing argument to get your spouse to bend toward your point of view, after you have made a galactic mistake.
Knowing the nature of man, Satan didn’t make his argument with the weakest link but rather the strongest link in this partnership. Knowing that Eve, once aware of her circumstance would be able convince Adam, he made his play. Peterson points out that it took the greatest liar in the universe to deceive her.
Satan’s goal was to get these two kids banished from the Garden of Eden and thwart God’s plan.
Of course Satan not knowing the real plan, didn’t foresee that Eve’s decision and thus her persuasive argument was not for herself, it was for mankind, a bold step forward to embrace change and an exercise of tremendous faith.
Peterson is a cognitive phycologist and not a religious sage. His point is more about the inherit nature of men and women than religious doctrine. So keep that in mind.
I frankly like this interpretation of the story!