The serpent is not always conflated with "Satan" or the "Devil".
What do you mean by this?
Are you trying to say that the serpent in the garden was not Satan?
Can you expand on this statement and your reasoning behind it?
I think he means that when the Adam and Eve story was written, the writer probably did not think the serpent was "Satan", Lucifer or whatever one wants to call him. That's really a very different discussion involving history, scholarship, the history of doctrines and the history of Biblical interpretation.
I know there are many things we don't agree on...
But I'm glad to see that at least you can be civil towards me.
Too bad everyone here were not as mature.
As for your reply on Orthonorm's
behalf... I'm not sure that's what was meant by his statement.
He never said the serpent "was not" always conflated... He said the serpent "is not" always conflated with the Devil.
Too bad he couldn't just reply to me himself (rather than ignore me - then reply to you just to rub it in)...
Seems like perhaps I've managed to attain 'pariah status' to some extent here.
Oh well. Like Helen Thomas - I stand by what I've said, and I only ever say what I firmly believe to be true.
If people want to demonstrate that I'm wrong about something... ignoring me; ridiculing me; silencing me does not accomplish that.