Defending God's Truth

5. A False Promise of Enlightenment

The Bible says:

“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5)

The physical eyes of Adam and Eve were already open. That is not what Satan was promising. He was promising spiritual enlightenment. Satan still does that today. He promises to give people special insight or knowledge that others don’t have, or have access to.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 says:

3 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

7 Biblical Facts About Enlightenment:

1. God the Father gives Spiritual Enlightenment.

17 “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, …”

Ephesians 1:17-19


2. God the Son Gives Spiritual Enlightenment.

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”

1 John 5:20


“If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:”

Ephesians 4:21


3. The Holy Spirit Gives Spiritual Enlightenment.

“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

John 14:17


“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

John 16:13


4. God’s Word Enlightens Us.

“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

Psalms 119:130


5. Salvation Brings Enlightenment.

“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”

John 12:46


“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:3


6. A Good Church Will Enlighten Us.

“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

John 4:6


7. Studying God’s Word Will Enlighten Us.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 2:15

7 Examples of Satan’s Lies About Enlightenment:

1. Mormons

The put most of their trust for enlightenment in the Book of Mormon. The Bible is not as important.

2. Jehovah's Witnesses

“Most people don’t know what God’s real name is.” “Through the WATCHTOWER Jehovah’s Witnesses have enjoyed special enlightenment and direction.” (75 Watchtower Society Yearbook)

3. The Roman Catholic Church

Only Peter was given the keys to the kingdom of God - only we have the truth. Only the Pope can interpret the scriptures properly for us.

4. Christian Science​

“There is .. no intelligent sin, evil mind or matter: and this is the only true philosophy and realism.”

5. 7th-Day Adventists

Those that worship on Sunday have received the Mark of the Beast. Only those that worship on the Sabbath are the true flock. We only have been given the truth through the inspired writings of Ellen G. White.

6. New Age Movement

Channeling - spiritism - astrology - ESP – clairvoyance - Religious aim: “to achieve the state of unity or oneness with God (enlightenment)” “Enlightenment is important because men exist in a state of ignorance as to their divine nature.”

7. Church of Christ

They are taught all other churches have departed from the N.T. faith – through the special enlightenment of their leaders, they want to get back to the true faith.

3. “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4. In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

2 Corinthians 4:3-4