At your suggestion lets take a longer look at 2nd Corinthians chapter 11.
As with most Scriptures, it is extremely difficult to extract the true meaning from a verse or a couple of verses without considering other verses not only around that verse, but in other verses in the Bible which lend explanation to the verses in question.
All Scripture is taken from the King James translation, unless otherwise noted.
2nd Corinthians 11:1 through 4 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. 2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
When we also consider verses 1 and 4 along with 2 and 3 we immediately find that Paul is actually only using the temptation of Eve as an example of being deceived and fettered away from the true Christ.
Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly Paul is asking them to listen to what he is fearing even though they may feel it is foolishness.
godly jealousy Paul is actually telling them that it is not his worry that they will be lost to him, but that they will be lost to Christ.
your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. Paul is here indicating that understanding salvation is not difficult and anyone who tries to tell them that they must do certain things; such as be circumcised; are wrong.
Acts 15:5 through 11 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. 6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. 7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
As we see from the excerpt from Acts there were some of the Pharisees from the Sanhedrin, who were trying to convince these Gentile converts that they had to conform to the law of Moses, and Paul is saying that they are perverting the message of Christ.
While it is true that the original word here (ἐξαπατάω ) according to Strong can be translated as seduced:
From G1537 and G538; to seduce wholly: - beguile, deceive.
If we delve deeper into it we find that the two words that is derived from; (ἐκ, ἐξ and ἀπατάω ) appear to confine the word more to a deception than a physical encounter.
ἐκ, ἐξ ek ex
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote): - after, among, X are, at betwixt (-yond), by (the means of), exceedingly, (+ abundantly above), for (-th), from (among, forth, up), + grudgingly, + heartily, X heavenly, X hereby, + very highly, in, . . . ly, (because, by reason) of, off (from), on, out among (from, of), over, since, X thenceforth, through, X unto, X vehemently, with (-out). Often used in composition, with the same general import; often of completion.
Of uncertain derivation; to cheat, that is, delude: - deceive.
And if we consult Webster's dictionary we find that sexual seduction is only the secondary meaning of seduce.
SEDU'CE, v. t. [L. seduco; se, from, and duco, to lead.]
- To draw aside or entice from the path of rectitude and duty in any manner, by flattery, promises, bribes or otherwise; to tempt and lead to iniquity; to corrupt; to deprave.
Me the gold of France did not seduce. Shak.
In the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits.
1st. Timothy 4:1
- To entice to a surrender of chastity. He that can seduce a female is base enough to betray her.
and if we examine another instance where Paul used the same word (Timothy chapter 4) it does in no way entail the sexual connotation alleged by Ben Heath.
1st Timothy 4:1 through 3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
With these other Scriptures in mind it becomes a stretch of the imagination, to believe that:
Genesis 4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
is untrue and that Cain was the illegitimate child of any other than Adam.
Hope this helps