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The Tree of Knowledge, of Good and Evil

  1. Dave Mathews profile image59
    Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago

    What If, the serpent had not been able to Con Eve into tasting the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, of Good and Evil? And, What if Eve had not talked Adam into doing the same thing? What would the outcome be and how would it effect life for mankind today?

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      Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Is that a trick question? If we are to believe the story in Genesis that all people are descended from Adam and Eve, it would be a moot point. We wouldn't be here.

      But if we didn't agree, to some extent, on the definition of good and evil, right from wrong; we couldn't function as a society. There would be chaos and mayhem, although we wouldn't recognize it as such.

      1. Dave Mathews profile image59
        Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Emile: Why is it a moot point and why would we not all be here? God never forbade Adam and Eve from having children, just the opposite God instructed Adam and Eve to be "Fruitful and multiply".

        As for "Good and Evil" mankind would not know of such things. Evil would not exist, and only Love would abide. Furthermore, I rather doubt sickness would even exist, and definitely death would not. There wouldn't even be need for money.

        Emile I don't think you thought this through you just jumped at the question.

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          Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I did think it through Dave. Doesn't sound as if you did. Without the ability to judge right from wrong, anything goes. Our choices would remain the same. We would have no motivation to be kind and loving. No motivation to share. Anything perceived as good by our standards now would be on the same playing field as that which is bad.

          Have you ever met someone who lost the ability to make sound judgments due to an accident? I have. It isn't a pretty picture.

          Love your rose colored glasses Dave, but you might take the blinders off and think this through.

          1. Dave Mathews profile image59
            Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Without introducing right and wrong, good and evil, we would have God to guide us in His ways and since God's way is love, we would have no problems what so ever. I don't need to be motivated to do good. I simply do it. Sounds to me like you are sticking up for satan and his ways.

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              Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              I'm being realistic Dave. I don't do fairy tales, either way.

          2. Dave Mathews profile image59
            Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Emile: Go back to the original question. To begin with if Adam and Eve did not eat of that tree, sin would not exist, death would not exist, pain and suffering would not exist. All of mankind all would still be alive and on earth and living in happiness and harmony under God.

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              Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Ok. I reread the question. My answer remains the same. For the reasons already stated. smile

              1. Dave Mathews profile image59
                Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Emile you just don't get it. If Adam and Eve did not disobey God's only rule, there would be no sin, there would be no suffering, there would be no death, we would all still be living and not dying in the Garden of Eden living eternally happy.

                1. getitrite profile image81
                  getitriteposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  I'm confused, but this sounds like we would have no free-will.

                  Is that it?  NO FREE-WILL?

                  1. Dave Mathews profile image59
                    Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    getitrite: We don't have free will even now. No one does, not me not you no one. You want to be known as "getitrite" then get it right! 
                    What we do have is the freedom to choose or "Free Choice" None of us has the power to "Will Anything".
                    Only God has this sort of power.

                  2. Eaglekiwi profile image73
                    Eaglekiwiposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    Free to live in paradise..

                    Free to run and never grow tired or,be sick ,or best of all never die!

                    Free to love with no risk of being misunderstood.

                    Free to express joy,praise,converse with loved ones.

                    Peace forever -wow ,no heartache
                                        no pain

                    Walk,talk,live with God.

                    True freedom smile

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                  Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  Dave, I've given you the opportunity to think this through. Now, it looks like I have to explain it.  Yes, by the story there would be no death; HOWEVER

                  Eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil allowed them to see the difference. Let them understand the consequence of their actions.  No where is it implied that they were perfect.  It is only said that they don't know the difference. These are not the same.

                  It's like when a child bites another child.  They don't know that what they did is wrong, until we teach them it is.  Adam and Eve are shown to be basically, spoiled brats. Living in paradise, having everything they could ever desire, with no reason to have to think about their actions because their doting father loves their every action.

                  So, if there were 7 billion Adam and Eve's with no knowledge of what is right or wrong; acccustomed to getting everything they want, how do you think that's going to play out? No one would obey God's rules because to disobey is wrong.  They don't understand right from wrong. It would be a free for all.

                  At this point you're thinking 'Yes, but God is there.'  No he isn't.  According to the story, God was not a constant inhabitant of the garden.  Had he been, Eve would not have been alone with the serpent.  God knew the serpent hung out in the garden.  He knew who and what the serpent was.  He knew what he was capable of and yet he allowed two people, without the knowledge of right and wrong, to hang out in the company of the serpent.

                  When the story says the serpent talked Eve into eating the apple she didn't understand that it was wrong. She had to eat the apple before she could know right from wrong. When she said 'God said don't' they were empty words because the concept was beyond her ability to understand that to not follow that direction was wrong. To make it worse, she didn't understand what was meant when he said 'if you eat it you will die.' She had no concept of mortality.

                  The stage was set for her to do absolutely nothing other than to eat the apple.

                  Now, I know it's always fun to show your piety and love for God, but common sense tells you that this story is not to be taken literally. You can't blame 'Satan'; you can't blame Eve. That isn't the point of the story.

                  1. DoubleScorpion profile image88
                    DoubleScorpionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    Awesome explanation. I like it. <tips hat>

                  2. parrster profile image87
                    parrsterposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    I've come to understand it like this. From the beginning Adam and Eve had the freedom to put their will before Gods (Freewill/Free Choice). However, until they sinned, they had no knowledge (familiarity or experience) of evil and its consequences; much like a young child having only its parents word as to the dangers of fire; until they feel it's heat for themselves [see Deuteronomy 1:39]. Some children will take the parents word for it, others will learn the hard way.  So too Adam and Eve. Having up to now lived in harmony with Gods will, they had no experience (knowledge) of anything to the contrary. However, they too had the choice, trust God, or learn the hard way.
                    Yet the parallel with young children stops there. For Adam and Eve were adults, with adult reasoning and full control over their will; they were not ignorant spoilt brats. They made a reasoned choice in conflict with Gods, and they reaped the promised consequences.
                    If the Bible has any message for mankind, it is, trust God or reap the consequences.

                  3. brotheryochanan profile image60
                    brotheryochananposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    At this point you're thinking 'Yes, but God is there.'  No he isn't.  According to the story, God was not a constant inhabitant of the garden.  Had he been.


                    you are right God was not a constant inhabitant of the garden but previously He was. God did not put adam there and then leave him alone, Gods intention was to fellowship with adam this is why God created human lifeforms. By the time of your reference adam and eve were already doing their own thing, hence the separation from God and his absence.

                    When she said 'God said don't' they were empty words because the concept was beyond her ability to understand that to not follow that direction was wrong.

                    Recall adam named the animals, had a working vocabulary and a fair intellect. If God said don't do something one has to imagine that adam and eve both understood the word don't or Gods command was moot and if Gods command was moot then disobedience was also moot. So they understood don't and they knew it was wrong.

                    'if you eat it you will die.' She had no concept of mortality

                    Again if you think God is talking mumbo jumbo to his creations your thinking is flawed. Part of Gods fellowship with adam and eve was to educate them. He taught them what herbs to eat, he taught them how to tend the garden, etc.. when he said the word die, he told them what die meant.

                    If adam and eve had no understanding of right and wrong then their act to disobey is moot and any reprimanding action by God is unjust and God is not unjust.

                    As for me and touching on Gods love. I do not think that God slammed down the mallet and pronounced sentence leaving adam and eve jaws on the floor after one transgression. How many times did God show mercy on the OT saints? I believe that adam and eve gradually chose more and more time to be separate from God until fellowship was broken and God said, "adam where are you?" and like us, even today, this separation is what causes us as it did them, to cross the line and choose sin.

                    Not a literal story? absolutely. There is more here than meets the carnal thinking mind.

                  4. Dave Mathews profile image59
                    Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    Emile: I guess you can't get it. Neither Sin nor death would exist if Eve refused to listen to the serpent. She would not have tried to tempt Adam and they would have lived happily ever after.

    2. kess profile image60
      kessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      It is an impossibility that these things should not happen, for by those occurances this entire world was created for the sons of God to grow unto perfection.

      1. Dave Mathews profile image59
        Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Kess: I disagree with you nothing is impossible for God.

        1. kess profile image60
          kessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Your disagreement noted....
          so conclusion is ' it is impossible any of these things should not occur, for they are purposed and fulfilled by my God'.

          but to you and your god it is very possible that he can and  has made a mistake......to that I agree.

          1. Dave Mathews profile image59
            Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Kess: I never stated that God made any mistake. That is your presumption. You love twisting things around to suit your way of thinking but you cannot fool a "Child of God"

            1. kess profile image60
              kessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              your first and original  question implies this further confirmed with your rebuttal statement.....which states mistake are also possible with your god....


              if this is not so, then this your opportunity to clarify...

    3. www.lookseenow profile image60
      www.lookseenowposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      That was a con, as you put it, because the serpent seduced Eve by his cunning
      (2 Corinthians 11:3)

      Her mind was corrupted away from the sincerity and the chastity that was due to her head, Adam.  The principal of headship was involved.  It could have turned out any number of ways, but that leads only to speculation of what if? 

      If then she was not conned, she could have submitted to her head, Adam where as Adam got his instructions from his head, Jehovah God.  The principal of headship was set awry by her actions, because when she ate of that fruit, Adam not present is still in control.  He as head is appointed as such by his creator. 

      Again what if?  He could have corrected her and brought her to court, but remember man was not created for the sake of that woman, but that woman for the sake of the man.  Eve lost her sign of authority (the principal of headship) by her actions. (1 Corinthians 11:9-10)

      1. Dave Mathews profile image59
        Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        lookseenow: You are not dealing with the original question. You are simply trying to confuse the issue at hand. Adam was not Eve's head. Adam called her bone of my bones seeing her as his equal, and sine God did not correct this point God agreed.

    4. Ms Dee profile image86
      Ms Deeposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Simply put, we'd still be in Eden, as you suggested in your following responses.

    5. cooldad profile image61
      cooldadposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I'm still amazed that people believe that story.  Are people so blinded by faith that they believe that Adam and Eve are plausible?  Forget science, forget faith, forget everything except common sense.  Does this seem like a realistic method for how mankind began?

      1. parrster profile image87
        parrsterposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        In the context of God, 'common sense' is a mute point. For God, by his very nature, is not common (ordinary) and is beyond anything we might sense (perceive or fathom) within the natural universe. If God exists, then 'plausible' takes on a much larger context. If, however, you reason from the premise that he does not exist, plausibility shrinks to only what you can sense; what is common to you.

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          Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Ok. It's not a mute point. It might be moot. Moot. Commit that to memory. smile And why in the world would you invent a deity that didn't expect people to use common sense?

          1. parrster profile image87
            parrsterposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Moot, not mute... got it smile
            He does expect us to use common sense in regards that which is common to man, but rules of reason that apply to us have no bearing on a being who lives outside the material universe; he is not limited by that which restricts us. He made nature and its rules, but, unlike us, has the authority to break any of those rules he wishes.

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              Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              As a nonbeliever I could argue this on several levels, but let's assume you are right. As a human, you are stuck in the physical world. You have to resolve the reality of what you know with what you want to believe. And that is all faith consists of. Wanting to believe.

              If there is a God, I can only think he would expect his creation to use their intellect to the greatest of their abilities. If there is a God, he gave you common sense for a good reason. Failure to use it is done at your own peril.

              1. Eaglekiwi profile image73
                Eaglekiwiposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Yes ,God made everything for our good,but like you say ,how we use ,or misuse this knowledge will be to our benefit or peril.

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                  Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  You say God, I say....well, I'm not sure on that. Being agnostic leaves a lot in limbo, but you're right I think. How we use our knowledge of right and wrong is what matters.

          2. brotheryochanan profile image60
            brotheryochananposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            MOOOOT

            gotta love it
            smile

          3. brotheryochanan profile image60
            brotheryochananposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            spiritual common sense not scientific common sense.
            What i love and appreciate about God is that he is never boring. He doesn't just do things the same way all the time but He is super creative. Creativity just flows from Him like He cannot help himself.

            parting some seas one day, raising a pillar of fire to light the night. Smart bombing the enemy with huge hailstones, designing a portable tabernacle of a huge size from gifts from egyptians, circling jerichos walls and then yelling and blowing trumpets to topple 12 foot thick walls, all that typology in the OT that reveals itself in the NT. Sacrificing his son, oh boy when abraham finds out that happened, ab is gonna be so happy he is gonna cry alligator tears. The list goes on and on. Need help to fight 300 men in battle, lost your sword, here pick up this jawbone of a donkey. Got an army of 10,000 coming after you, take 3,000 men, no wait, have them drink at the water and those that lap from their hand take those but not the others... got 300 men.. okay go get em!

            geez, im all goose bumpy

        2. cooldad profile image61
          cooldadposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          parrster: I hear god explained like that all the time "is not common (ordinary) and is beyond anything we might sense (perceive or fathom) within the natural universe"  But what evidence do we have to support such a description?  To me, it seems like another way to try and explain something that can't be proven.

          1. parrster profile image87
            parrsterposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I hear what you're saying cooldad. But there is evidence. When I used the term 'God is beyond anything we might sense', I meant in the empirical way; of the faculties (sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch) by which we perceive stimuli. I cannot point to anything sensed empirically and say "there is God". However, what my senses do provide is sufficient a priori evidence to make a "commonsense" conclusion that there exists a mind that is over and above this universe. Science cannot prove otherwise.

            Faith is not so much the step taken toward accepting there is a God, that is logic (commonsense), but rather it is the step taken toward actively seeking to have a relationship with him, to the end that we might know him.

            This may fly in the face of many who will not believe in God while difficult questions remain unanswered (difficult to them at least); for example: if there is a God, why is there so much suffering in the world.

            Ironically, maybe he will only answer if they first believe and earnestly seek him.

            1. cooldad profile image61
              cooldadposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              But see, you speak of having a relationship with God.  How is that possible?  How can anyone have a relationship with someone who doesn't exist?  You pray to God, but he doesn't talk back to you.  People may say that God talks to them, but that has never been proven and never will be.  We have a plethora of recording devices available to us and I have yet to see God on Youtube.  I'm not trying to be a jerk-off, but that's how I feel. 

              I definitely don't care to change what anyone else believes in, I just want to try and understand how people come to their belief system and how they justify it.

              I have some major fundamental problems with people using faith to explain the unexplainable. 

              There is no solid evidence that proves god's existence.  There is a large amount of credible scientific evidence that supports the non-existence of a higher power.  The Big Bang and Evolution have far more credible evidence to support them both being fact than any so called proof to support there being a god.

              1. parrster profile image87
                parrsterposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                You are reasoning from the premise that God does not exist. If you start from that premise, then, of course, the only option left to you is that a relationship with such being makes no sense.

    6. IntimatEvolution profile image82
      IntimatEvolutionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I don't think there is a right way to answer these hypothetical questions.  Because it did happen and so there is just no telling what the outcome might be if it hadn't.  But i am not very good at philosophical questions.  So maybe I just don't posse the ability to think outside the box on this one.  That could be the real secret to my views. 

      Another thing, its just to hard to say.  I mean the story was written as a lesson.  I don't know if the story would be worth anything if it had been told differently.

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    Sherlock221bposted 5 years ago

    Well I've only met a few talking snakes, but I've never believed anything they have had to say.  They seem like slippery customers, and there is something untrustworthy about them.  Never trust a talking snake, especially if he is a politician.

    1. Dave Mathews profile image59
      Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Sherlock: It is not because snakes are slippery that they are so difficult to understand. It is because they think and speak a totally different language than man does, but yes they are untrustworthy.

      I also know what you are saying about politicians. They too speak a different language and cannot be trusted.

  3. calpol25 profile image77
    calpol25posted 5 years ago

    I always thought snakes and politicians were the same thing, to be honest.... Well more so here in Britain.

    1. Dave Mathews profile image59
      Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I think they're in the same family.

      1. calpol25 profile image77
        calpol25posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        They should change the name of that board game to Snakes and Politicians!!! lol big_smile

        1. Dave Mathews profile image59
          Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Don't you mean Politician and Ladders?

  4. calpol25 profile image77
    calpol25posted 5 years ago

    Yeah sorry about the mix up lol lollol Bet you it becomes a best seller as well lol

  5. Dave Mathews profile image59
    Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago

    Emile: I know what you are saying, and you're right of course,BUT, the whole thing is based upon "What If" What if they didn't screwup? How would life be different. They always had the choice but they chose wrongly and now all of mankind has to suffer for their mistake, so what if they didn't screw up? Sin would  not have entered into the picture. Cain would not have murdered his brother. Jesus would not have had to die. Noah would not have had to go through the flood. Abraham, Job etc. would not have had to be tested because Adam and Eve made the right choice and they would have passed down their knowledge from generation to generation. Lucifer, satan would have been banned from EDEN. Therefore we would all be still living in EDEN and not have to worry for anything for our creator would be right there with us. We could see God, talk with God, know God.

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      Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Dave, you just don’t get it.  If you consider the act of eating the apple a sin and a screw up, then you have to blame God for allowing the stage to be set in the first place. Eating the apple wasn’t a screw up. It was, according to the story, exactly as it was planned to be.

      Eating the apple was the moment of our awakening.  The sin was not in eating the apple.  The sin was in their behavior once the apple had been bitten into. 

      What was the first thing they did once their eyes were opened?  Once they had the ability to judge right from wrong. They lied.

      What was the second thing they did? They attempted to transfer blame.  They scrambled to make sure God saw that yes, maybe they had done wrong; but it wasn’t their fault.  Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the snake. But no one would take responsibility for their own actions.

      Those were the sins.

      Staying in the garden was never an option.

      1. DoubleScorpion profile image88
        DoubleScorpionposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Everyone seems to forget about the Tree of Life. That is why Adam and Eve couldn't stay in the garden...God didn't want them eating from the Tree of Life and becoming immortal.

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          Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I had forgotten that too. Glad you brought it up.

          One thing I enjoy about this fable is the levels of morals and lessons you can learn. Its a great story.

          1. brotheryochanan profile image60
            brotheryochananposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            It is a great story. Told in its long form it would take up a surprising amount of space. Gotta love how God gets all the information in one tight package.

      2. Jerami profile image76
        Jeramiposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Staying in the gargen was never an option!

          I would have to agree.

          And "IF" they had not eaten the apple,  and they had many children,  what happens when one of these children eat first of the tree of life and then the tree of knowledge?

      3. Dave Mathews profile image59
        Dave Mathewsposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Emile: It all boils down to an act of obedience. If adam and Eve obeyed God, and refused to listen to the tempting of satan the serpent. We would all be living and aging in EDEN rather than outside the garden and there would have been no sin and no death.

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          Emile Rposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Dave. That is not the point of the story. You are laying blame. Just as Adam and Eve did.

          You drew the wrong conclusion to begin with, so can't see past that false start. The story is not meant to say 'Gee wiz. If only others hadn't sinned my life would be grand.' But, that's what most christians get out of it, so they continue to look about, in search of other people's sins.

          There are hundreds of layers of valuable lessons in that story. Learning how to lay blame wasn't meant to be one of them.

          1. lone77star profile image89
            lone77starposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Ah, but Emile. Couldn't "Adam" and "Eve" in the Garden of Heaven refer to you and me? "Them" is "us."

            I agree that many so-called Christians look for the dust mote in the eye of another rather than taking the beam out of their own eye. Humility is a hard path to take. I know the value of it and still find it difficult at times.

            I agree with you. Blame was not one of those lessons. Perhaps responsibility was.

            After Adam and Eve died in the Garden (and they most assuredly died on the day they ate of the forbidden fruit), they lived a mortal existence in physical reality. Gen. 5:2 talks of Adam being both male and female (all of humanity).

            Gen. 1:26 talks of man being created in the image of God. That would make us inherently spiritual (non-physical), immortal sources of creation. You and I took the "bite of the apple" and fell into a deep sleep. And when Prince Charming arrived 2000 years ago, most of us did not recognize him.

            Some fairy tale! When one can see beyond their fragile, Homo sapiens shell, things get a little simpler, but only if one retains humility. I still have way too much ego. Alas!

  6. SpanStar profile image61
    SpanStarposted 5 years ago

    Interesting perspectives now allow me to throw my hat into the ring. For those who are Christian believers
    the end of mankind's age means mankind would no longer be faced with problems we have been encountering since evil unveiled itself.
       
    New International Version (©1984)
    He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

    New Living Translation (©2007)
    He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever."

    http://bible.cc/revelation/21-4.htm

    We have most certainly been given free will for when you are free to choose you have free will.

    Definition: free will
    power of independent action and choice: the ability to act or make choices as a free and autonomous being and not solely as a result of compulsion or predestination

    http://www.bing.com/Dictionary/search?q … ORM=DTPDIA

    Even though eve was conned into eating the fruit she as well as Adam had the freedom to ignore or reject the lies they were being told.  From my perspective since there has never been a creature like human beings I feel the garden of Eden was a test to see if mankind would follow and accept God or disobeyed him. Before some of us jump up and act like this is absolutely unusual and inappropriate it's been done by us for a very long time-How you ask? Has anyone ever heard of parenting children? Children's to God is their parents.  Needless to say they are not yet ready for free will so lots of decisions are made for them and they trust us to make those decisions.

    We accept the reality we live in simply because we created it-meaning we've created this distrust, we've created stealing, we've created lying, we created hate so the reality we live in is normal simply because we created it.

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    tatyana walkerposted 5 years ago

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  8. Randy Godwin profile image91
    Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago

    That's right, blame everything on the talking serpent.  roll 




                                 hisshiss

  9. brotheryochanan profile image60
    brotheryochananposted 5 years ago

    serpent is rendered nchsh. In hebrew pictograms: n is nun = a harmless fish, ch is chet  which has two meanings one is a fence or wall the other wisdom, understanding and knowledge or common thought process, sh is shin or sheen = teeth chewing.

    notice the first and last n and sh are opposites with common thought process in the middle.

    notice now the word commonly used as satan is shtn, for those who have read the hub on this the following is repeat for you

    in shtn, we have sh = sheen, t = tet a coiled serpent ready to spring, and n = nun. These sh and n are what the ancient jews referred to as yetzer natures, the yetzer hara = sh and yetzer hatov = nun with a coiled serpent in between the two.

    can we blame things on a literal snake? no. Can we blame things on human nature to choose? yes.

    The fact that this tree was in the midst of the garden or allegorically put, this tree was in their face or something they could not avoid. We can then notice that adam and eve had the ability to choose, they always had free will and their ability to choose good and evil was always present in them. So the 'snake' not enticing them to eat (partake) of the tree (way or path) was a battle we each face today - nothing has changed.

    1. lone77star profile image89
      lone77starposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Very nice, Brother. So, nchsh seems illustrative of "intent" or "willfulness" (ego?).

      Perhaps the "tree" of knowledge is similar to the "tree" of life in that both are conceptual matrices. The Kabbalah's "Tree of Life" is a matrix with ten nodes for descending from God and returning to Him (female and male paths, respectively). I found this "tree" embedded in Genesis.

      And the "tree" of knowledge might merely refer to all physical dichotomies. Genesis mentions only one of these -- good-evil, but the others might be wisdom-stupidity, generosity-selfishness, compassion-indifference, victim-perpetrator, and others.

      "Knowing" in the biblical sense sometimes refers to laying with, sleeping with (as in sex), for wallowing in the dichotomies of physical existence, the spiritual self can no longer see by spirit, but only by physical continuity (through the Homo sapiens hosts). I experienced a return to spiritual "seeing" for a brief period in 1971. I could see all the colors and textures that my human eyes could see.

      The "original sin" seems to be one of accepting physicality as our master, rather than creation through spirit. We chose the physical construct, ego, as our pseudo-self. And it does seem to me that ego is the root of all evil. Behind every dark thing, selfishness lurked.

      1. brotheryochanan profile image60
        brotheryochananposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        i can imagine the problems faced with translating pictograms. nchsh has this weird meaning of bright shiny one which i am sure satan believers quickly pick up on, but pictograms form a picture they are not a word as we know words today. Eventually the pictograms were made into sounds and then the sounds were used to make words, which eventually dismissed the pictogram element altogether.
        for example:
        father in hebrew pictogram is a picture of an ox head and a tent or a home. The ox representing strong leadership because they pull the load best and the tent represents a home, hence father means in pictogram a strong leader of the family and nothing else. In our language a father can mean a drunken dead beat weak leader because we use sounds and not pictures. I believe the pictograms are far more accurate and intentional in meaning than what they evolved into.
        nchsh and shtn have letters in common and i believe they both refer to human nature.
        Hebrew 5175 defines nchsh as a snake (from its hiss). From its hiss is interesting because its not a snake by its appearance but rather from what it sounds like. As if we are hearing it but not seeing it. Eves conflict seems to originate from inside her as adam, who was with her, did not stop her, but surely he must have been looking at her while she pondered this (literal) tree. He must have known her to be in the vicinity of said tree with said snake in it and he was not alarmed, no warning... she just gave him said fruit and he just ate it. I do not think this fruit was a tangible fruit at all but an allegorical statement about a way of choices that was good to eat, meaning pleasurable indeed.

        Sucks being a gentile in jewish religion  lol

  10. lone77star profile image89
    lone77starposted 5 years ago

    Dave, I guess we have to ask, first, what was the serpent, what was the Tree and what were Adam and Eve, really? How much is symbolic and metaphor?

    We need to approach the search for wisdom with humility.

    The event in the Garden cannot be taken literally. For one thing, God told Adam that he would surely die on the day he ate of the forbidden fruit. Did he and his mate literally, physically die on that day? Nope!

    So, what really happened? Was the Garden even a physical place? Could it have been, instead, merely another name for "heaven?" Could it have been merely a spiritual "non-place" outside of space-time? For this would seem to be the realm where creation originates. Could the serpent have been "selfishness" (the sense of entitlement held by first Eve then Adam)? Later, Adam is both male and female and plural (Gen. 5:2). Please! Don't hold on too tightly to the literal, or you will miss the entire intent.

    When Nicodemus asked Jesus about being reborn, he was confused by the literal, physical rebirth, when Jesus seemed to mean a spiritual rebirth. As Gen. 1:26 says, we were born in His image, so we are non-physical, spiritual and immortal sources of creation. God wants His children back, not the bodies they wear.

    So, to answer your question: "What would the outcome be and how would it effect life for mankind today?"

    There might be no need for Homo sapiens as hosts for God's sleeping children, for without the forbidden fruit (matrix of selfishness and separateness?), God's children would still be in heaven and wide awake, spiritually.

    1. brotheryochanan profile image60
      brotheryochananposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Thats interesting. I want to touch on the last statement about no need for homo sapiens. But where to begin....
      God created adam from the ground and eve from adam. There's something interesting right there.. why was eve not made from the ground also? and what differences were caused by eve being made from adam instead of from ground? but i digress lol.
      Since homo sapiens are flesh, flesh must be necessary to obtain some goal. My understanding is that God wanted adam or humankind to love Him. This need for love that God has is enhanced by his created beings that merely do His will, having no freedom to choose otherwise, they are servants of the obedient type, but mankind is different. We have the ability to choose and this choice makes us able to love. Love is always given freely, its a choice we make. We cannot love those who we do not esteem worthy of love. Anyway, flesh seems to have its needs and wants, is prone to enticements i suppose through chemical reactions and our ability to choose our actions that either feed sin or feed our better side. Since flesh give us this duality of ability that angels do not have we must come to the conclusion that flesh is a necessity, perhaps love is only resident in the chemicals and brain functions of homo sapiens, couple that with choice, we have a recipe for love. There certainly seems to be a lot we can learn through this avarice of flesh.

      I like that you mentioned Nicodemus have you read my hub about him?

  11. tillsontitan profile image92
    tillsontitanposted 5 years ago

    I would have to say and agree with some, we would still be in Eden.  There would be no sin, no evil, and no illness.  We would all be close to God and follow His ways.  Our nature would be to be good.I also agree with the loving Father, he was and still is though we now can choose evil.  Our flesh would not lead us into temptation.

  12. princess g profile image61
    princess gposted 5 years ago

    Then the bible probably would have never gotten past chapter 1

  13. tillsontitan profile image92
    tillsontitanposted 5 years ago

    I fear as many do, the suffering in the world came from the bite of that apple.  Freedom of choice has led to some bad choices and Eden no longer exists.  God still provides, even for those who suffer, with life everlasting.  Our faith is what sees us through even in the bad times.  God answers all prayers though not always in the way we want them to be answered.

  14. empoweredlady profile image60
    empoweredladyposted 5 years ago

    Man was created in the image of God which means he has the ability to function like God. When God told Adam to name the animals and trees he basically called them what was written in God's own book of names for these animals and vegetation and all that was created he was confirming what God had already said of them.So you would ask how did Adam know all this. The answer is he was created to functioned like God so when he did that he proved that he was connected to the Spirit of God which gave him wisdom and knowledge of what to call things he has never seen or heard of before.

    Now coming to the story of eating the forbidden fruit:what exactly did Eve do wrong? As most of us would like to think that she did not know what she was doing as the instruction was given to Adam but remember that Eve came out of Adam and the same Spirit which was breathed into Adam was breathed into her too so she might have been tricked by the serpent but it was not like she did not know she knew exactly what God said to them.

    These two people had the Spirit of God in them, we don't hear a place were God asked Adam to teach Eve what God had told him, but we find Eve telling the serpent what God said to them. Which might mean the serpent or (satan who was speaking through the serpent) did not know what God had instructed Adam and Eve.

    Eve was the one who told the serpent what God said if you read your bible well. The serpent came with a generalised question and Eve gave him the solution to his problem by telling him exactly what God said to them. This opened a door for the serpent to find  way of getting them seperated from their God so he could have a way with them. As long as these two where obedient and where keeping the instructions of God and following them they were not at risk of being seperated from God, no eveil could touch them and the devil knew he had to find a doorway to use so he could also have access into the lives of God's creation. He found a doorway into the serpent as he was caaled (more cunning than any beast of the field that the Lord God had made)

    So the truth here might not be clear to us, but just maybe the garden of Eden is in our minds and this is the place where the battles start and finish. This is where the wars are won and lost. God wants us to surrender our souls to him so we can do good and satan wants to control our souls so we can self destroy. Just maybe the eating the fruit was disobedience that would open a doorway that made Adam and Eve have difficulty connecting to God and fellowship with him daily. This is the problem we all suffer from today the ability to commune with God 24 hours a day and have a clear path of where we are going or what to do because there so many thoughts and ideas that are not coming from the creator of our lives and we end up with trial and error many mistakes and slow progress. May be this is what God was warning Adam and Eve so that they do not end in this place of confusion.

    That is not how God wanted it to be it should have been smooth sailing and swift, Adam and Eve wer meant to learn and do as God directed but they chose their own way and created trouble for themselves.

    But Jesus Christ corrected this for all of us and we have no excuse or reason to blame Adam and Eve we should be able to overcome because now we have the same Spirit Jesus Christ had dwelling in us so we are able to make better decisions now we know better and have a guide, counsellor and teacher to show us the right path of life. And yes it is a choice we have to make either to continue as we are or to surrender our will to God and let him direct our path.

    If Adam and Eve had not eaten the forbidden fruit maybe there would have been other pathways of learning in this life on earth, or maybe God knew all that would be and he wanted us to learn in this environment and learn to function like him even in these difficult and tough times maybe he wanted us to be stretched and learn to trust him more rather than on our own abilities.

  15. Jude57 profile image59
    Jude57posted 5 years ago

    Has anyone read Dr. Joye Pugh's book "Eden the Knowledge of Good and Evil 666? She not only goes into the story of Adam and Eve, but into Satan's agenda. Some of it may sound a little far-fetched but I found her research very thought provoking.

 
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