It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
The "gods" had willful servants for a time up until another divine being entered the scene and gave mankind the gift of truth about their spiritual nature, and about good and evil, right and wrong. This is why their eyes were "opened' to the fact that they were naked. A common misinterpretation of the Adam and Eve story is that the “original sin” had something to do with sex or nudity. It was not nudity that shamed them. Adam and Eve were mortified by what their nakedness represented.
Ancient Mesopotamian records depict human beings stark naked when performing tasks for their gods. The gods, on the other hand, were depicted as being fully clothed. The implication is that Adam and Eve felt degraded by their nakedness because it was a sign of their enslavement - not because being naked in itself is bad.
Originally posted by Jim Scott
Originally posted by TWILITE22
reply to post by SilentKoala
Fascinating stuff !but I have always wondered why the apple as the forbidden fruit?What is it about the apple in history that it's either poisoness or forbidden?has anyone ever attempted to explain this?Any ideas?
Another thing I don't understand with this story is why should we ever be ashamed of our nakedness if we are what God created?
edit on 21-5-2012 by TWILITE22 because: (no reason given)edit on 21-5-2012 by TWILITE22 because: (no reason given)
There is nothing in the Bible that states that the forbidden fruit was an apple. The type of fruit is likely unimportant, because the issue was disobedience. God could have just as easily said they were not allowed to move a certain rock, or wash in a particular creek.
Originally posted by VeritasAequitas
reply to post by Jim Scott
Why place a tree in the middle of a garden only made for you and two other people, then tell them they can't touch it? It does not make sense whatever way you twist the interpretation to fit the scripture.
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.