- Religion and Philosophy
About Eve - Her Part in the Creation Story
I was always convinced that there were two creation stories. The first being were God creates everything in six days, the second when God creates Adam and Eve. My theory was that the offspring of Adam and Eve married the people created in the origin story. However, after more in depth study I no longer believe that.
The early chapters of Genesis are concerned with the origin of the earth and all life. It seems to be an attempt to give us the "big picture". It was Genesis 1: 27 that confused me. 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
But then we go to Genesis 2:7 where God creates Adam. So my thinking it was literal that God creates Adam after He created Men and Women, but in fact, it means to coincide with Genesis 1.
This left me with the problem - who did Cain marry? Since I use the Amplified version of the Bible it states in Genesis 4: 7 And Cain’s wife [one of Adam’s offspring] became pregnant and bore Enoch; and Cain built a city and named it after his son Enoch. Of course, my first reaction is "ewwww" but it goes with reasoning that if God started creation with just two individuals there would of had to been brothers and sisters "knowing" each other.
Genesis 5:5 states that Adam lived 930 years the Bible tells us they had a minimum of 7 children. However it is reasonable to think that Adam and Eve would of pro-created a lot more.
Poor Eve. That is a lot of children but her name means - Life Spring, Mother of all who have Life. And she truly is.
Of course, Eve receives blame for much more! It is Eve who is tempted by the serpent into eating from the Tree of Knowledge - is it only me - or is it creepy that the serpent can talk. It's God who takes the voice away from the serpent and makes him to crawl on his belly.
The serpent tempted Eve by making something appear to her as if she wanted it. I mean prior to the serpent pointing out to Eve the fruit Eve did not want it. Temptation is like that. We are all tempted by things that are not necessarily good for us. Or even need in the first place. We see others with something and we have to have it. Just like the serpent in the garden, we to have serpents that talk to us, and talk us into things we shouldn't do.
And of course we blame Eve for labor pains. I mean really, can we ever conceivable think that pushing out a life from our bodies would be painless? And although it was a curse that Eve receives from God - isn't it the biggest GIFT God gave us? The ability to chose to give life to another being.
Because God created us in His own image, we are capable of reflecting His love, truth, strength, goodness, wisdom and beauty.
Of course, I still have questions that I guess I will have to wait and ask God about. Like, why put the trees, and yes, that it plural there are two trees. The Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life in the Garden in the first place. God made us, He is all knowing --He should of known ahead of time that the temptation would be too great. Was it a test? Did man fail? Or was it the grand scheme of things.
God promises us Jesus in verse Genesis 3 verse 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel. Notice the capitalize Offspring, because Jesus is an offspring of Eve many generations later. It is JESUS who takes away Satan's authority! To bruise the heal symbolizes a weakening of authority. Satan has no authority over us. We have the strength to overcome any temptation through Jesus.
So was it God intention all along? If not where would we be? If Eve had not eaten from the tree would life never have evolved. Would Adam and Eve still be living in the garden in perfect harmony with God and happy to do just that? Or is it the nature of man to want to do more, learn more and be more? Or is that temptation?
Whatever the answers are I am glad Eve ate apple and life came to be as it is. It isn't perfect but had God really intended to make it perfect? If He did - he never would of put the trees within our reach.
Points I learned in the Study of Eve
* That there were two trees in the Garden - the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life which is guarded to this day with Cherubim and a flaming sword.
* That Jesus is promised to us in Genesis 3:15
* That there is only one creation story