Eve was deceived. The Bible says women are 'easily deceived.' I know that I can be. Scarlett asked what that meant. For me, personally, it means I tend to take a person at his word. I'm a lot better now than I used to be. But with both my ex and my own children, if I suspected something and asked them about it and they denied it, I simply believed them! Maybe it was because I WANTED to believe them? I valued the relationships and didn't want problems. I'm older and wiser now, but I still would prefer to believe someone who is my friend regarding what they say than double-check stuff even when I have my doubts. I've LEARNED to do that double checking a lot of times, but that was a very difficult lesson to learn. I know that people prefer to have nice generalities here and that personal stuff is not always appreciated, but I can only tell my own story, not someone else's. I will say that I have seen the same in my daughters and girlfriends, however. We WANT to believe in the people we are around and will tend to do that even when the facts or intuitions seem to be mitigating against that belief and trust. Men seem to be a little more skeptical. They will have to answer for that, though. (I read this to Barry and he nodded and smiled at me and said "Yeah, yeah.") Barry talking now and I am typing his words: "I think that as Christians, also, we tend to give people the benefit of the doubt. I know we live in a suspicious world, but I want to be open and above that. So I try to live in a way that is transparent. But most of the world is not like that, and so we have to be a little more aware that those who are not Christian -- genuine Christian -- really need to be checked out if there is something that doesn't gel with what they are saying. Unfortunately, some Christians have to be checked out, too, when they are found to be not coming up to the standard. "I think that girls, by and large, are more sensitive and more tender. And therefore more willing to believe what is told them than men are. Men tend to be more discerning. But then, I find some of that discernment can only come as a result of a close walk with the Lord. That is what I pray for daily -- that I be sensitive to the moving of the Spirit but in such a way that I don't fall prey to the deception of the enemy."