At the risk of ridicule and flames, I am about to post something that has been on my mind. I believe I may know where the tree of knowledge that adam
and eve ate from, may be found. Let me first explain that I do not interpret the bible as most would preach it. I believe that the book is there and
can be read just fine by me. I do not need someone to tell me what it means or how I am supposed to interpret it any more than I need them to come
over to my house and translate the directions for me on how to cook mac and cheese, I consider myself somewhat capable.
I could not help but
notice the other day when I was reading about the rise of Homosapians that what set them apart from the neandrethal man who was also living at the
time, was the fact that they ate meat. This action is was caused the brain to grow faster and bigger, increasing the Homo's mental capacity and
allowing them to flourish while the Neandrethal slowly dissapeared.
This is where the story gets fun, at least for me.
I am not a Christian but I was raised in a born again household and was indoctrinated with scriptures from the bible for as long as I can remember so
I am somewhat knowledgeable when it comes to biblical stories so my mind made a connection. I began thinking about the bible and about Adam and Eve
gaining knowledge by eating some fruit from a tree. Or at least that is what I was told happened. Did it? Yes and no. Lets take a look.
Genesis Chapter 3
1 (J) Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye
shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
So it was ok to eat of every treee of the garden, but the tree in the midst of the garden was off limits. Let's take a closer look at that
I was told in sunday school that the tree was in the middle of the garden like most I'm sure, but this is not what it says, is says in the midst
of the garden not the middle. Big difference! "In the midst" of the garden means that the tree would be existing in the garden but not of the
Garden. Adam and eve where in the midst of the garden but where not a tree or plant, they simply existed there. What is my point you ask? I believe
that the tree of knowledge was not a tree at all, at least not in the literal sense. I believe that what they could have been referring to was a tree
but more along these lines.
Veins, they are the givers of life and certainly bare fruit. ie: Meat.
I believe it is possible that we were never supposed to eat meat and that is the tree that is referred to in the bible. Adam and eve were given
protective care of all of the animals in the garden and where told to eat the fruit of the trees of the garden but do not eat the fruit(meat)of the
trees(veins) in the midst of the garden. This could also account for the "knowledge" gained from doing so. Not only the literal sense of the brain
growing, but also the understanding of death and suffering, which would have been previously unknown to them ie: knowledge. It would also accont for
why suddenly the animals were afraid of them and where the clothes made from skins came from. There is much more to this scenario that I do not have
the time to go into know but will when I have more time. I posted this to encourage discussion on the matter, for or against that may shed more light
on this theory. It would also explain how we are born into sin(our forefathers being meat-eaters) and our ability to repent, (stop eating meat).
For the record, I am not saying any of this is true, I am simply opening a discussion on something that has been on my mind for a while now.
And for the record, I do eat meat....but that may soon change.
I aslo believe that Adam and Eve could also be generic representation of early man and not nesscessarily two individuals. I encourage all opinions
and thoughts on this subject. I am also aware of the sesitivity of this subject and wish to remind everyone to keep it civil