Influence or intelligence?

I think that it’s very important to have a clear understanding that Satan is an intelligent and cunning being, who ‘ … prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.’ (1 Peter 5:8).

Selwyn’s key sentences, in my view, are as follows: ‘[Satan’s] chief weapon is the one he used in Eden and which, as we know, proved so successful: doubt. It was doubt concerning God’s goodness that led to the first sin.’

I would like to add that doubt arises because our own pride and desire for independence displaces the central relationship that we should have with Jesus, which is based on love and trust.

It’s my view that Adam and Eve demonstrated, by their actions, that their relationship (if there ever was one) with God had broken down, providing fertile ground for Satan’s words to take a hold. The temptation to be like God, and hence dispense with their dependence on God, was basically born out of their pride and developed into doubt concerning God’s goodness.  Do you agree?