In the Garden, God told Adam that he would surely die on the day he ate of the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. We know that Adam and Eve did not literally, physically die on that day. In fact, both were escorted out of the Garden and Adam lived to the ripe old age of 930 years, begetting many sons and daughters.
So, what happened? The consensus seems to be that both died spiritually. This raises the question: Was Eden a physical or a spiritual place?
We have in Kabbalistic circles a "Tree of Life" which is a matrix of concepts -- 10 sefirot and 1 hidden sefirah. The Kabbalah is said to have been around since the time of Adam.
If the Kabbalah's "Tree of Life" is a non-physical matrix of concepts, was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil also a non-physical matrix of concepts?
Genesis 1:26 tells us that man was created in God's likeness and image, but we know too well that God is not Homo sapiens. He is a non-physical, spiritual and immortal source of creation.
So, what could blind a group of non-physical, spiritual and immortal sources of creation -- God's children?
In my own experience, I have been outside of my physical body and was able to see with complete clarity. This was during a discussion of generosity and selfless love of others. Something in that discussion dissolved my own ego and lifted for a moment the blindfold I have worn these many millennia.
The poison of that forbidden fruit makes up the body of ego. The chief clue is in the name of the tree -- "Good and Evil" and "Knowledge." These are only 2 of the many dichotomies of ego -- right-wrong, generous-selfish, compassion-indifference, wisdom-stupidity and many more. Even the Pharisees were "good," but Jesus saw their "good" as imperfect and tainted -- not the "good" of righteousness for its own sake.
My research has turned up the Kabbalah's "Tree of Life" embedded in 2 chapters of Genesis. The fit is perfect, even down to the detail of Enoch being removed.
Knowledge of this has led to a biblical timeline compatible with those of science. We really do have an old universe, and humanity has been around far longer than even the anthropologists have imagined.
And now, we also know the culprit behind Noah's Flood. With great awe, I discovered that God's reason had everything to do with His love of us.