A “Garden Of Eden Trap” Clarification [Expansion]
From my previous entry, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of what point I was making concerning the Biblical story of Adam and Eve. Even so, I’d received a comment on that entry that made me think that maybe I should clarify my point.
By stating that the Garden of Eden was a trap that God had set, I was being more cynical and sarcastic than anything. Obviously, if you read the Bible in a literal sense, this would lead one to believe that the Garden of Eden story was one of predestined failure. Lacking the understanding of Good and Evil, Adam and Eve were, so to speak, programmed to fail when tempted by the serpent.
But, my larger point, which I probably should have made in writing about this story, was that the Bible is filled with errors and is, overall, problematic. It is obviously written by man. If, being a little more imaginative, the writers of this story had thought a little more about this story, they would have realized just how problematic this situation really was. If God was infinitely wise, He would have given His children (Adam and Eve) the ability to distinguish between Good and Evil before setting them off to be tested; a test which ultimately damned mankind for all eternity.
Here is an excerpt of the comment on my previous entry: “…You teach your children not to stick their fingers in the electric socket. You explain the consequences. You could stay right there and make sure they don’t do it. But, you know they need to grow up and make their own decisions. You leave. They stick their hands in the socket. Tragic, but all too human.”
While I 100% agree with this comment, I disagree with the application of this philosophy in this particular situation. Yes, we raise our children to know right from wrong (Good from Evil). Yes, we hope that the lessons we teach them will stick with them, that they will heed our advice about not sticking their hands in the electrical outlet. And yes, there are those inevitable moments when they don’t heed that advice. These are all true.
But, this doesn’t apply in the Garden of Eden. God never taught Adam and Eve any lessons. He never taught them the difference between Good and Evil. In fact, God prevented and even forbid Adam and Eve from knowing the difference between Good and Evil (Genesis 2:17).
How can this be the work of an all-wise God? He forbids His children from understanding the difference between Good and Evil, then eternally punishes them for not recognizing that difference? This, to me, seems to be nothing but the work of a God who is vindictive and bloodthirsty. There is no logic behind this reasoning whatsoever. How can anyone say they get their “morals” from a book like this?
And this is the point I want to make. The story of the Garden of Eden was written to fit a certain framework. To form the basis for a religion based on suffering, revenge, and thoughtless obedience. Without Adam and Eve failing in the Garden of Eden, there would be no need for the Church to ask for tithe money from its attendees, and no need to have Jesus die on the cross in order to guilt people into believing, or to justify torture in order to force people into believing. (Christianity has been mainly spread through the use of torture and the threat of death. Imagine if early Christians knew about Waterboarding!!)
“And this, fellow Brothers in Christ, is how you make someone believe in the Lord Jesus. Praise God for Waterboarding!!”
Read a book. Oh… and Merry Christmas!!!