Well, what I present is my interpretation of what had occurred in Eden.
Firstly, I do not believe in god or a creator. I do not how everything has come to be but I do believe that knowledge and the mysteries will
eventually give us the answers, but that another theory for another day.
You see Eden was a place of paradise and Adam and Eve were innocent due to a lack of awareness. As they were not aware, they did not understand
existence therefore, they ate from the tree of life (Immortality). Immortality due to a complete lack of knowledge - ignorance.
God had told Adam - "but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
God was saying that if Adam ate from the tree of knowledge, he would gain awareness and therefore be aware of existence resulting in being "aware" of
death. He would surely "knowingly" die.
So basically gods’ argument was that If Adam and eve both blindly obeyed god (and I say ‘blindly’ because though they could have known what they
were doing due to a lack of knowledge), then they would live forever through ignorance. But if they disobeyed him and ate from the tree of knowledge
then they would die “knowingly” due to understanding their existence. You see god could not have explained to Adam and eve why they had to blindly
obey him because had god explained to Adam and eve, he would have been feeding them the tree of knowledge himself.
The serpent on the other hand was saying - “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened and
you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
What the serpent was saying is that by eating the fruit, man would no longer be ignorant and therefore be aware of his existence. And also “you will
be like god” (awareness, understanding – “godly” element”). But this came at a cost.
Swap immortality with knowledge
Remain immortal but at the cost of ignorance.
But you see, Adam and eve could not have understood this until they ate from the tree as they did not have knowledge in good or evil, or what it had
meant to have had their eyes ‘opened’.
So what then made Adam and eve eat from the tree?
Most possibly ‘curiosity’.
As we know; curiosity killed the ‘cat’. Or did it kill the ‘act’. LOL...
anyway, the two sides of the coin identified in Eden:
Swap immortality with knowledge. (The serpents ambition for man)
Remain immortal but at the cost of ignorance. (Gods’ ambition for man)
Either way, it was for man to make that choice.
edit on 23-5-2012 by toocoolnc because: (no reason given)