This is one of my favorite debate topics too. You can easily have a JW tied up in knots in no time at all.
- Where in this passage does the writer identify the serpent as Satan? That will have the JW scouring the text frenetically, and ultimately unable to prove that it was actually Satan. They just assume that it is because the WTS tells them that it is.
- Where did the serpent lie to Eve in this passage? The serpent told Eve she wouldn't die.. that's a lie! Ummmm, but didn't God tell Adam that "in the very day that you eat it, you will die"? And then they didn't die "the very day". So who lied first?
- When the serpent tells Eve that her eyes will be opened and she would know good from bad, isn't that exactly what happened? And didn't God then take steps to ensure that Adam and Eve would not be able to take the next step and achieve immortality? He even invented a FLAMING SWORD to prevent Adam and Eve from accessing the Tree of Life. God was the one who wanted them obedient or dead. He couldn't handle the idea that they might actually use the "gift" of Free Will to choose for themselves the kind of life they would have.
The "god" of Genesis is really nothing more than a lying petty tyrant.