Adam and Eve Revisited (Rites of Passage to Godhood?)
[….Meanwhile, at the Garden of Eden]
16 Unto the woman he said,
I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception;
in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children;
and thy desire shall be to thy husband,
and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said,
Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife,
and hast eaten of the tree,
of which I commanded thee, saying,
Thou shalt not eat of it:
cursed is the ground for thy sake;
in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; Heb. 6.8
and thou shalt eat the herb of the field:
19 in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,
till thou return unto the ground;
for out of it wast thou taken:
for dust thou art,and unto dust shalt thou return.
20 ¶ And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; 3 because she was the mother of all living.
21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
22 ¶ And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, Rev. 22.14 and eat, and live for ever:
23 therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man: and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
I’m not religious. I used to be. I’m not a Christian, but I used to be. But when I saw a post by an intelligent friend of mine, I decided to chime in. I felt this connection with my “former self”. And after journeying away from that self for so long, I saw something new in this passage. I’ve always been told that Adam and Eve were punished for their actions. There was always the impression that the lesson in these passages was to…be obedient! Listen to God! Don’t challenge God! Follow the rules! This time, I saw the complete opposite. And I was so exhilarated that I decided to respond. If you don’t share my vision…that’s ok. But this vision I have is such a blessing to me. To have another OPTION…or another perspective about this commonplace story is refreshing. My response to this was:
“This portion always made me wonder…was it really a punishment? Or was it simply a result of action? God uttered all these sayings after they were “judged” for their actions. Why wait till the after-action to express the details of the consequence? And the death…death is not so bad when you think about what it really is. Death is a liberation. Obviously they lived…just a renewed life with different conditions.
For one…we ASSUME that they would’ve been happy/joyful forever INSIDE the Garden of Eden. It’s an assumption. Just imagine…sure, you have everything you NEED…but curiosity is what expelled them from the Garden. Eventually, they were destined to eat that fruit of knowledge. Eventually, they would seek to venture beyond the Garden of Eden..and even more so…their current state of consciousness. Come on!! Curiosity is innate in humans. God INTENDED for them to be casted. God INTENDED for the serpent to tempt them. God KNEW the implications and the risks! If it was not in God’s will it would NOT HAPPEN!! This was not so much a test of their obedience/loyalty, but more so a prerequisite to CREATION! We assume that Adam and Eve were perfect. No…God has no purpose to create something in the lack of a process. God created conditions so that Adam and Eve would expand and grow. These two would’ve been sheltered from evil for eternity…never to grow. Never challenged. How is the Creator glorified if the creations aren’t challenged perpetually? How can the Creator’s creations reflect HIM if they’re [edit: NOT given] the freedom?
If this story is true…I thank them for disobeying; because without that rebellious attitude (although a premature form) we would not challenge authorities of our OWN likeness. That’s what Adam and Eve did…they challenged God. And the serpent was the catalyst. Without the serpent…the idea of free will would never manifest. Free will would NOT exist if we could not challenge God. This post…this dialogue would not exist!!!
The impression in this story is that they were PUNISHED….I don’t see punishment…I see consequence. I see opportunity. I see freedom. This was like their rites of passage into godhood…for now they knew good AND evil….just as the Elohim”
Think about this. Meditate on it. Assuming this story is true, would any of us be here if Adam and Even followed the rules? We assume we would. But, would you be where you are today if you followed ALL of the rules? Didn’t you rebel or challenge authority in your lifetime? Sure there were consequences…but…as depicted in these scriptures above…
…one door closed….the other opened.
From what I observe, this was a mark of graduation.
You tell your child to do something…they dont do it…you question them. It’s not about what YOU know, it’s about what THEY know. You ask in hopes that they assume responsibility for the power you gave them!! By creating options, you create a playground for them to be themselves. You’re not choosing FOR them, you’re allowing them the freedom to choose for themselves. And you are creating a system in which they receive the fruits of their labor. Whether wrong or right, we cannot move forward if we’re not aware of where we came from! “How did we get to this moment in our existence?”, we ask. It’s the sign of a conscious creator. We live for an everlasting exchange of INNOCENCE for EXPERIENCE. It is in experience that we KNOW ourselves. It is in innocence that we seek to know ourselves.