... there are times you might find yourself in a crisis of belief when you encounter concepts, ideas, statements that are in conflict with what you have believed or what you have been taught. ...
you are going to have to decide where your faith is going to rest: on what the Bible teaches, on what you believe and have experienced, or on what you have been taught or is commonly accepted ...
deciding whose word you are going to believe.
-- Genesis Part 2: The Fall, the Flood, and the Nations (Chapters 3-11), pg. 21.
Lesson Two is about how evil came into the world.
Question 7 on page 25 asks who or what is specifically cursed in Genesis 3-4:
And I wrote, "the serpent, the ground and Cain." I thought two things: (1) Adam isn't cursed and (2) even if he was, his curse didn't automatically fall upon Cain who was cursed afresh or anew for his sin.
Question 8 instructs to write out Romans 5:12 -
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned--And Paul says that death reigned from Adam to Moses, even though the Law hadn't been given. Read Rev. 20:1-10 and 12:1-17 both of which refer to the red dragon as "the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan."
Question 5 on page 30 asks whether I saw anything about the serpent that I hadn't realized before and I said, "It eats dirt." Such information is helpful for reminding me that the serpent is an earth-dweller, an "inhabitant of the earth" (Rev., 6:10, 8:13, 11:10, 13:8, 13:12, 13:14, 17:2, 17:8), bound to this world.
I'm not finished with lesson two yet but I think the damage has already been done.