posted on Dec, 15 2003 @ 02:59 AM
Hi All. New Member Here,
I, myself am a very strong Christian. I would like to say that I'm pleased that no one is bashing the Bible or disregarding the story of Eden
completely. It's kinda surprising, but cool. Anyway, I have always battled back and forth in my mind whether, in some places, the Garden of Eden
being one of them, the Bible was literal or figurative. You know what, I can't really tell you. Right now I'm leaning towards that something very
similar actually happened though. I wouldn't be surprised if either way were true. The important thing to remember is that the story explains the
relationship between God and man.
God created man so He would be worshiped by man and His glory spread and acknowledged. He also created man out of His love to let us experience that
love and partake in his creation and just have a relationship with Him. God created us with the desire and intention that we would live in paradise
and close to Him. This is represented when Adam and Eve are living in the perfect garden, innocent and unashamed of being naked. And for a short
time, we were until we commited sin. Sin is defined as falling short, or in other words, not meeting the expectations or rules that God desires us to
follow. This sin, represented by listening to the snake (Satan) and eating the fruit, separated us from God. So we were banished from the perfection
of Eden, or from the intimate relationship with God but by our own doing.
So whether the garden physically existed, or it is supposed to be a figurative story, both should get the message across of why God created us and
with what intentions, how we being weaker humans disobeyed Him and fell short of His intentions, and the consequences that brought. This explains why
the world sucks a lot of the time, because people being selfish at nature, sin and mess stuff up. Think of any sin at all. Any evil act is done for
a selfish purpose. If we were to all live according to God, there would not be much pain.
If anyone wants, I can explain why God bothered creating us if He knew we would sin, and why He would allow Satan to reside in the garden, but I
don't want to get any more off topic.
Assuming that the garden really existed, it's easy to realize that with time and changing geography, rivers changing course, ice ages, a flood, it
could be anywhere within the Middle East region. Actually, some postulate that present day Afghanistan is a likely place for where it existed. There
are some extremely lush and fertile areas. So if you believe the garden persisted and never really changed, then it coiuld be there. Maybe the
garden is gone forever due to the fact that we blew it and plus the fact that the Earth changes a lot. Wow, I really blathered. But I thought I
should throw my opinion in.