posted on Mar, 14 2003 @ 07:38 PM
The thing that bugs me about those who can't seem to reconcile religion & science is that they claim God made Man from the dust...When that is not
what the real translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls indicate. The real translation is that God made Man "from the earth", which most Christians have
interpreted as meaning from the dirt itself.
Yet all species of plant or animal that ever existed could be said to have come "from the earth" because the earth itself is what spawned us all.
All primates came "from the earth", so that means all of our ancestors "came from the earth"...What they don't realize is that this means that
God, in creating this planet, gave it the capacity to create life from itself. Physics & biological sciences have confirmed that the earth itself is
what spawned life. But those people misunderstand & take it to mean that God picked up a handful of dust & formed us whole in a moment of time.
Another scientific interpretation of the scriptures seems to indicate that the Garden of Eden with Adam & Eve was a metaphor indicating a period of
time rather than an actual place on Earth...The eating of the "Fruit from the Tree of Knowledge" metaphorically indicates the time when mankind
turned away from nature & started developing tools & technology to change the environment to suit his own needs. It was the "knowledge" gained that
got us kicked out of Eden, while before that time mankind had no more "knowledge" & "invention" than any other species. This would be that point
in anthropological history in which the ancestors of mankind gained the ability to think in abstract terms...This is the single biggest difference
between us & the animals. Without that ability to think in abstract terms, to plan ahead & make tools, we would still be living in caves & trees. This
is why other animals never evolved intelligence...They could only think in terms of "act & react" to the environment & never gained the ability to
think abstractly & begin to act *on* the environment rather than react *to* the environment.