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Originally posted by tgwright
I find this interpretation of the Garden of Eden story fascinating.
I believe there to be truth in many stories in the Bible, and when you consider that this is one of the most important stories that may give insight into our beginnings, it's no surprise that we should look at all potential interpretations of the meaning behind it.
I have to admit, you must question God's intentions here. I can't help but pull the story into modern contexts. If we just imagine for a moment that we were created by an extra terrestrial presence who wanted to keep us under control, this is exactly how it would look.
We were told not to eat the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge - if God wanted us to not eat that, why would it be put in the Garden of Eden? Why wouldn't it have been hidden? It must have clearly been a metaphor for something that is visible and accessible by everyone with or without God's choice.
The only thing in this situation that God could do would be to tell Adam & Eve that they would die should they 'eat' from the tree of knowledge. One similar thing comes to mind here, which are drugs such as '___'.
The government tells us that we will die or severely risk our health by taking such drugs, however scientists and researchers all make clear their abilities to alter our awareness, potentially giving way for enlightening experiences, much like the fruit from the tree of knowledge. Not exactly the same, but similar in my opinion.
Just my 2c.
Originally posted by solongandgoodnight
genesis is a difficult read really. there are so many questions as you go along. i think it is important to remember that everything in the book was passed down orally through many many years before it was written. point being, there's no telling how everything really happened. the stories could've been butchered through the oral tradition over time. just my two cents. (:
Originally posted by anoncoholic
you choose to play a game of semantics and yet how can you reconcile in your logic that non-believers even have Faith? Perhaps unto themselves but that isn't Faith, that is being self-righteous in rejecting God because they see themselves as the omnipotent.
I think people should instead of trying to understand the why of it, instead ask the when of it and see the truth behind why God still waits before passing judgment upon man. The reason should be simple enough to understand... God is waiting for a particular event to grant as many as possible the gift of life. AT any time God could have drawn that line where all who would come to Him will and those who won't never would.
That event is forthcoming and all will know when it happens...
Originally posted by CodyOutlaw
reply to post by Bleeeeep
Thank you for the answer - I do understand what you were saying to the OP now
If I may answer?
They key to this interpretation lies in the actual hebrew word "arom."
The Torah can be read a number of ways, and certain words being repeated over and over in a short story tend to mean another layer to the story within Judaism.
So, in this story, "arom" is repeated far too many times. One meaning for arom is "naked."
Another meaning for "arom" is "cunning."
When you read the story in hebrew, you find that the nakedness of Adam and Eve, and the cunning of the serpent, are both described using the word "arom."
So what have we here?
edit on 21-5-2012 by CodyOutlaw because: (no reason given)
Interesting that you should mention drugs like '___'
Regarding the 'whore of Babylon'
Rev 18:23 "The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world's great men. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray."
.The Greek word translated as "magic spell" is pharmakeia.
5331 pharmakeía (from pharmakeuō, "administer drugs") – properly, drug-related sorcery, like the practice of magical-arts, etc. (A. T. Robertson).
Every new age religion, occult, mystical and ufology religion are based on "channeled" messages, often obtained through the use of drug induced trips. The whole 60s culture spawned cults based on psychadelic trips, and a lot of leaders subscribe to these religions. Leading all the nations astray for the messages are derived from the very spirits who lie, deceive and separate people away from God. Millions of people today subscribe fully to these messages ...that the Earth is Divine, that humans are just parasites, that Jesus was simply a man, that we are going to experience an 'evolutionary' change' etc. Scripture is clear that God is not found in this manner, that the Holy Spirit is the gift through which we communicate and learn about God.
Originally posted by stupid girl
I liken it to the garden of Eden.
I can't even wrap my brain around the rage and betrayal I would feel if someone took it upon themselves to "explain" things to MY children so they would have the same degree of knowledge as their parents. In turn, only succeeding to wipe out the innocence of their childhood and only serving to leave me with the task and grief of cleaning up the colossal mess left in their wake. Thanks, but no thanks. Peddle your divisionary & diversionary wares and pander your unsolicited & unproductive advice ELSEWHERE. We want no part of your self-deluded "revolution."
Originally posted by lonewolf19792000
Pft. The book was written by prophets, and your interpretation is wrong. You're applying a literal interpretation to text written is prophetic language which guarantees you're going to get it wrong. The Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge are not trees at all. Nor is water really water, nor mountains really mountains, nor islands really islands. You see but you do not percieve, you hear but do not understand. The beginning is the end and the end is the beginning.