posted on Jun, 10 2004 @ 03:30 PM
Qur'an has a slightly different version of it. It apears that the Garden of Eden was not a material place and Adam and Eve were spiritual beings,
until they were tempted by Satan to eat from the forbiden tree. After that they materialised their bodies and God sent them to Earth as punishment.
They were BOTH EQUALY guilty, unlike the christian version where "evil woman" Eve tempted "the good man" Adam.
This is a metaphor of our everyday life. We are tempted by material desires and we should resist them in order to attain spiritual progress. These
"shells" Adam and Eve created for humans are just temporary, spiritual part of us is eternal and that part does not require material goods to
Here is the relevant part from the Qur'an:
[7:19] "As for you, Adam, dwell with your wife in Paradise, and eat therefrom as you please, but do not approach this one tree, lest you fall in
[7:20] The devil whispered to them, in order to reveal their bodies, which were invisible to them. He said, "Your Lord did not forbid you from this
tree, except to prevent you from becoming angels, and from attaining eternal existence."
[7:21] He swore to them, "I am giving you good advice."
[7:22] He thus duped them with lies. As soon as they tasted the tree, their bodies became visible to them, and they tried to cover themselves with the
leaves of Paradise. Their Lord called upon them: "Did I not enjoin you from that tree, and warn you that the devil is your most ardent enemy?"