posted on Apr, 13 2010 @ 05:07 AM
Adam and Eve's Fall From Grace
Ignorance is bliss!
The fall from grace has been taught as a myth that depicts humanity's virtue of innocence and transformation into guilt and disobedience, and
ultimately rejection and expulsion from paradise. This myth is so often taught as a cautionary tale warning of disobedience to God, and the
consequences of it. So, what the hell happened to get Adam and Eve kicked out of paradise?
When we first read of Adam and Eve in the Book of Genesis, they are hanging out with god in The Garden of Eden, and it is paradise. All they could
ever want or need is there at their fingertips, and they spend their days not wanting. God, being the proper host, inquired to the two guests, and
asked about their happiness. Both Adam and Eve assured God they were happy. So then God asked if it was their intentions to stay in paradise, and
both enthusiastically responded yes. Satisfied, God told them they were most welcome, and they were welcome to anything in The Garden of Eden, but
that if they wanted to stay, they could not eat from Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Of course, Adam and Eve agree to this condition, after all, who wouldn't. Even so, them fruit there on that tree sure look juicy...demons, demons,
demons...why shouldn't these two eat from The Tree of Knowledge of Good of Evil? After all, knowledge is power! "Why", Eve suggested to Adam,
"I'll bet God eats from that tree! Why shouldn't we know what God knows?" Slippery slopes, like slippery serpents, lead to downward spirals or
upward struggles depending upon your point of view, and what seemed like a simple idea, to eat from this Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and to
know what God knows, started with just a bite. So, with a choice to gain more knowledge, they filled their stomachs with forbidden fruit.
God, reportedly was very angry. Angry or not, they resided in paradise, The Garden of Eden where only good is known. They were offered the choice to
stay or leave but the two, while speaking out of one side of their mouths and claimed they chose to stay, their actions reveal something entirely
different, and what they chose was to Know Good AND Evil. This choice meant they must necessarily leave the Garden, and can no longer know the
eternal place that is solely good, and now must now a life of good and evil, and a pain filled life that one day finally ends.
This myth, in my humble opinion, was not about punishment, but it was about consequences. The choice to know more came with dire consequences, but
consider what was chosen. Are these two prototypical humans to blamed for "original sin", or should they be viewed as iconic heroes, who did not
disobey God at all, and fully understood his message. If they wanted to stay, then they could not know evil, so they should avoid eating the fruit
that would demand that knowledge. Adam and Eve chose this knowledge anyway, and in doing so, they lifted us as humanity out of ignorance and on to
our great journey towards truth.
Perhaps this journey of truth will lead to the knowledge that there is no Good and Evil in reality, but they are merely concepts we invented after
eating from the fruit. The knowledge of good and evil became our invention of polarities where we would measure our journey. Perhaps, there was
neither good nor evil in paradise, and such a place was simply a stasis, but bored with stasis, we chose this game, this journey of good and evil, and
perhaps in the end, we'll have come full circle, and abandon those concepts for a different game, but that this myth is told as a fall from grace and
expulsion from paradise, seems to miss the point. Myths are life lessons intended to help guide us in this life, and most of us are fortunate to
have family and some sort of comfortable stasis, but at some point its time to eat the forbidden fruit, and say goodbye to those in the Garden, and
make your own way, in a world where knowledge is preferred over ignorance.