Age of Deception
3 Now uthe serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You1 shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, v‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 wBut the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6
Warnings against deception in Scripture
4414 πλανάομαι (planaomai), πλανάω (planaō): vb.; ≡ Str 4105; TDNT 6.228—1. LN 15.24 (dep.) wander about, move about without purpose (Heb 11:38); 2. LN 31.67 (dep.) stray from the truth (Jas 5:19); 3. LN 31.8 deceive; (pass.) be deluded (Mt 24:4; 2Ti 3:13)
Named after Arius, this heresy maintained that God the Father alone is eternal and made His Son to be the first creature He created ex nihilo. Some Arians went on to teach that the Holy Spirit was the first and greatest creature produced by the Son. The Council of Nicea met in A.D. 325 to deal with the subject, and it firmly rejected Arianism.