Ok, this is something I've been trying to explain in words, so hopefully my point will be understood. First let me say, that if you are not capable
of objectively viewing the Bible don't bother responding. I have no desire to get into a blind faith argument about this. I would love to hear any
rational criticisms of my statements, however.
Upon serious consideration of the Genesis account of the "fall of man", I have come to the conclusion that the true reasons for kicking Adam & Eve
out of Paradise are not told.
1. Adam & Eve are created blameless in a perfect place where they have no understanding of evil or deception or of their ability to choose.
2. They have free will because a choice (the tree of knowledge of good and evil) has been placed in their midst, which they have the option of
choosing if they want.
3. They have only communicated with 1 supernatural being during their short existence, the LORD God. They know only what he has taught them, and have
no reason to doubt his word.
4. The LORD God told them that if they chose against his advice, and took from the "forbidden fruit", that they would die, or be separated from him.
He did not explain why, nor did he warn them not to listen to any other advice. He did not count on anyone else communicating with them or filling
in the blanks that he had neglected to explain. (The serpent never lied to Adam and Eve, it just told them info the LORD left out.)
5. Since they had only heard the LORD speak to them and were, as yet, unaware of what negative (or positive) consequences were, they had no reason to
doubt that the serpent's advice was just as reliable. They were never told that they would be banished from Paradise, and be forced to provide for
their own survival. They had no idea what it meant to suffer as a result of making a choice, since they had never made one up to that point.
6. The serpent told them that they would gain the knowledge of and become like the LORD, whom they worshipped and adored. What human doesn't seek to
become as much like their idol as possible? The possibility of becoming like the LORD, whom they loved so much, would have seemed like the natural
thing to do. It would not have involved pride, since they were incapable of sinning prior to making that choice.
7. The truth of what the serpent had said became apparent when Eve did not die upon taking the "fruit", so Adam would have seen no reason to not do
the same. It was only after Adam made the choice to follow suit, that they both realized the existance of their physical bodies. (What would have
happened if only Eve had followed the serpent's advice, I wonder?)
At this point Adam and Eve were launched into a state of confusion. They could differentiate between their physical and spiritual existence now and
they didn't know why or what to do.
When this happened, the LORD God had a choice to make himself. He could, either, understand that his creations now had the intelligence and ability
to learn on a higher level, rather than just following orders, or, he could get mad that they actually believed it might be possible to become as
great as the LORD, and punish them to a life of suffering and "trial by fire" to put them in their place.
A truly loving God would have taken pity on their confused state and sought to teach and enlighten them. Instead of doing that, the LORD was insolent
and decided to make them suffer as a penance for making the wrong choice. We all know the rest of the story.
Now why would the LORD punish them instead of teaching them how to use and understand the new potential that they had gained?
Would you tell your child it had the option to go out into the world, but could get hurt, then slam the door in their face once they did? No, if you
cared about your children, you would keep the door open, because you'd know that they will need guidance and understanding from those more
The LORD could have shown Adam & Eve what the consequences of their actions would be, and then let them decide what the best decision was. That would
have put the blame on Adam & Eve, if they still chose the "wrong" path. As the story is told, however, the fault for man's fall rests on the LORD,
for failing to share enough info in order to allow man to make an intelligent decision.
Hopefully, the point I was trying to make got across at least a little bit. While all of this just raises more questions, I have found that by
comparing the Sumerian creation story of Enki with the Genesis version, the answers start to appear. The parts that are illogical in Genesis, become
a little more rational when considered from the Sumerian perspective, and vice-versa. If you want me to explain that further, let me know.