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Originally posted by toolmaker
Adam and Eve are not literal figures, the bible states that itself. They are symbols, the story is a Parable of what happend to Humanity at some point in the past.
The snake, serpent, whatever we call it, represents a search for knowledge, which we still use today (AMA standard is two snakes, emergency medical is a single snake wrapped around a pole, etc). The apple represents forbidden knowledge, Eve represents women, Adam Men, etc, etc.
addtionally this is also similar to what Jesus did on the cross, by beliving in what happened on the cross sins are forgiven. The Caduceus, or Rod of Asclepius traces its orgins to Eygypt and mesopotamia where the Hebrews first used it on thier journy to the promised land.
6 Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, "We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us." So Moses prayed for the people.
8 The LORD said to Moses, "Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live." 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.
Genisis 2:23-24 23 The man said,
"This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called 'woman '
for she was taken out of man."
24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
BTW, the parable in the Bible has very simalar stories pre dating it by thousands of years, so it is likely based on phoenician or summerian parables handed down over generations.
The story relates an event that happened thousands and thousands of years ago. Humanity searched for knowledge that was forbidden
( for whatever reason) and paid a price for it.
The story itself has many conflicts; God refers to itself in the plural, God is afraid humanity will become godlike, humanity may eat from the tree of life and become immortal, etc. We have a modified version of this story, which became one of the excuses used to subjegate women for the last few thousand years.
I would be very interested to find the original parable, and what it truly was supposed to teach.
Originally posted by _BLiND_
So...Im supposed to beleive that the human race is all inbred? or what...