I asked a Jewish friend how can they not believe in the devil when the creation story is filled with references to the serpent tempting Eve. He said the Jewish interpretation of Genesis maintains that the tempter was not the devil but was actually just a snake. If it was really Satan in the form of a snake, why did God condemn the snake and make the snake crawl on its belly? Since Satan does not now crawl on his belly the punishment was apparently meant for the snake which does today crawl on its belly.
I must admit i have never understood this snake crawling reference. Can you shed some light?