Monday, 4 May 2015

The Story of Adam and Eve

I thought that this month that I would share with my readers a little story.  It is a story that you might have heard before but I guarantee my version is different enough that it will open your eyes.  It is the story of Adam and Eve.  What I'd like to do is tell you a version of what happened in the Garden of Eden based the one in the Old Testament.  I will be quoting the Scriptures but you might want to have yours at hand as you read this article.  And like all my posts the goal of this exercise isn't to discover some truth in the Scriptures as much as it is to discover some truth about yourself.  This is how my story goes.

Everything starts with God putting Adam into the garden.  Here, from the scriptures, is the story.  I want you to pay particular attention to the commandment that God gave to Adam because I'm going to refer to it later in my story.

15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Then Adam, looking around, noticed that all the animals that God had made were male and female.  And because he was lonely God made a help meet for him.  This is how the story goes in the Scriptures.

18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Now this is where the fun begins.  Eve is approached by the serpent acting for the devil and she tempted to break a commandment.  And just for reference sake here is the commandment she is to keep.

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Note the change to this commandment in these verses.

1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Did you notice the difference between the first commandment and this one?  Someone added the phrase "neither shall you touch it".  The question is who added these extra words?  There are three people who might have done it.  It might have been God or it might have been Eve but because it is my story I'm going to suggest that it was Adam.  I assume it was Adam because it was his way of protecting Eve.  In other words he extended this commandment because he wanted to ensure that she didn't eat by telling her not to even touch the fruit.  I also assumed he did this because he loved her and didn't want her to die.  This brings me a series of questions.

My first question is what would be the consequences of this belief on Eve, that even touching the fruit would be deadly, when she saw the serpent picking a piece of the forbidden fruit and offering it to her?  What would you do if you were Eve and you saw that the serpent didn't die when he touched the fruit?  What do you think would be going thru Eve's mind at this point?  Do you think she might have started to have doubts about the commandment?  Perhaps she thought the serpent isn't subject to the same commandments as Adam and her?  Regardless of her thoughts I'm sure she must have had experienced some confusion.  The question is did this experience have an affect on Eve's decision to eat of the fruit?  And because I think like a psychologist I have put this final question into the form of a psychological test.

Who do you think was responsible for Eve partaking of the fruit in my story?  If you think Adam was 100% responsible then circle the 0.  If you think it Eve was 100% responsible then circle the 10.  Of if you think they shared the responsibility then circle a number from 1 to 9 that indicates how you think they shared this responsibility.  Here is the scale.

Adam                                                                                                 Eve
0         1         2         3         4         5         6         7         8         9         10

This is step one.

The next step in this exercise is to give this quiz to someone else and ask them to answer this question.  The third and last step is to compare their answer to yours.  This is where the real learning in this exercise occurs.  The more effort you put into it the more you will get out of it.  If their answer differs from yours then why do they differ?  As you come to discover why some people see this story differently you will learn more about them but more importantly you will learn more about yourself.  Have fun with this little exercise and let me know how you make out.  I would love to hear of your experiences.

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