Eden:  …is it Just about an apple? The saga of Adam and Eve by Patrick Miron … [I’m a Catholic]

 

Eden:  …is it Just about an apple?

The saga of Adam and Eve

by Patrick Miron … [I’m a Catholic]

“Eden:” the “mythical” bible garden, for those who may not know was much more than just a “Garden.” It was a “Utopia!” a “Shang Ra La” ….. a place of everything good; and nothing “bad”. Perfect weather all of the time, [they ran around naked], all the food they could eat, and all they had to do was procreate and cf. “NOT eat of the [one] tree in the Center of the Garden”. There was no sickness, no death, and they didn’t even have to “work” [what Adam had to do was plant and take care of a garden; but it was recreational; not laborious as is our “work.”.  And that is what God had planned for all humanity. What the HECK happened?

Genesis 1: 26-28

..“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

To discover and uncover what happened we must first go back in time to when God had not yet decided to “create” [to make something out of nothing, which only God can do] “a man” and from that man who the bible call’s Adam {but might have been Sam or Ben?}, … we’ll go along with Adam, and from Adam; Eve. The Perfect man and the Perfect women with a marriage literally “made in heaven.”

Before we share the biblical account of this creation; let me ask you an important question: Do you know how “man” [humanity] emulates [is like] God?

God is described as “Spirit and truth”

John 4:24 “God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth.” We can know this from reading through the entire Old Testament where Yahweh {God} appeared many times to His”:Chosen People”, but never in the form of a “man.”

God evidenced as the “Spirit” appeared to Moses and His “Chosen people:  … “And I will take you to myself for my people, I will be your God: … Exodus 6:7; and in the New Testament, at the [unnecessary] Baptism of the Incarnate Christ Jesus: 2nd Corinthians 6:16….   “… I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Yahweh appeared as a bush on fire Exodus 3: 2-3

As a Cloud and a fiery flame Exodus 40: 46

As a gentle breeze 1 kings 19:13

As a strong wind Job 8:2

And as a voice from a cloud: 2nd Corinthians 6:16

When God decided to create man in “His image”, {God being Spirit and Truth}, He created every “man” with a mind, an intellect and a freewill, which He then permanently attached to man’s Soul. It is this “Other-man; our Other self” that like God is a Spiritual reality, and being a pure-spirit is Immortal, as is God Himself.

OK, back to the creation of Adam and Eve.

Genesis 2:7-25  “Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. … The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”
“So out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; and the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh. [The institution of Marriage] And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.”

How did the “fall of man” take place?

Now we will ask and respond to a series of questions on just what we Catholics are to accept and believe.

  1. How did the fall of man take place?

REPLY: Genesis 3: 1-19

“Now the serpent was more subtle : [duplicitous & “the father of lies”  John 8:44] than any other wild creature that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, `You shall not eat of any tree of the garden’?”

[We need to do a time shift here and explain briefly that Satan [“the serpent”] HAD been a Good and very gifted, powerful “Arch-Angel” who lived in a  perfect existence; lacking nothing good and having nothing bad UNNTIL this “Perfect existence” was found to be “wanting.” and The good Arch Angel choose to freely gave it all up because he wanted the one and only thing he did not have: he was NOT “God”, and that is what he sought to be. …

Tradition holds that there was a fierce battle between [the unnamed] him and Michael the Arch Angel, whom God choose to defend His Sovereignty. and defeat Satan and his multitude of “bad angels” who supported and fought for him, and cast all of them into Shoal …Hell for an eternal life of suffering and misery.  …Like most of today’s movies, God and Michael won; Good prevailed, and we  can choose to be with the “Good guys” or the “Bad guys’ by our life choices.    … There are two wonderful bible accounts of Satan’s fall from grace: Isaiah 14: 11-19 [which I will use here] and Ezekiel 28:12-19; a much longer and more detailed account of Satan’s fall from grace, for those who might be interested in reading it.

QUOTE: “Your PRIDE is brought down to Sheol,[hell] maggots are the bed beneath you, and worms are your covering. “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, `I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to Sheol,[hell] to the depths of the Pit. Those who see you will stare at you, and ponder over you: `…  but you are cast out, away from your sepulchre, [domicile] like a loathed untimely birth, clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword, who go down to the stones of the Pit, like a dead body trodden under foot. You will not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land, [denied God’s exclusive right to be “Sovereign God”]”

Now BACK to Adam and Eve:
“And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, `You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die. [Speaking here of a spiritual death]  For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, [Had the mysterious ability to make her and Adam LIKE GOD!]  … Does THIS sound familiar?] she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. “

Then the eyes of both were opened, [SIN WAS INTRODUCED] and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking [means only “making noise here in this passage] in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. {One cannot actually “hide” from an All-knowing God; this means that they desired too hide from God, knowing that there would be consequences for their actions.]

But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of thee in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”

Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent beguiled me,[snookered me] and I ate.”

The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all cattle, [cursed be you above all living things] and above all wild animals; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. [The IMAGE of a snake is used here metaphorically to denote the lowest possible living-thing on earth]

 I will put enmity [a deep-seated ill will]  between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

To the woman he said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband,
and he shall rule over you.” And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you,
`You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; [no longer will it automatically produce ALL you need for your existence: WORK NOW!] in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles [pain, hardships and suffering ARE to be henceforth expected]  it shall bring forth to you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust and to dust you shall return.” [Thus the absolute need for man to have a “spiritual other self.”]

  1. Is the story of Creation a literal truth?

Everything in the bible is true; but not everything in the bible is factual.

REPLY: No, at least not totally in a “literal sense.” However there are many elements of it that MUST be accepted and believed.

The bible uses many forms of authorship to share its message and to teach its Moral Truths. The first reading of the bible is to be read assuming a Literal meaning and teaching. A Literal meaning being the most common form employed, but when it is obvious [or very likely] that what is being shared is not literal, then, read it in light of that fact; always keeping it in its original context is critical to gaining right understanding.  Other forms include, but are not limited to these, are also employed.

Allegory: A narrative in which literal meaning corresponds clearly and directly to symbolic meaning. The story of the Garden of Eden is often considered to be an allegory [IN PART] … Also used forms include; but are not limited to: Biography; Didactic literature; … [ [Literature intended to instruct or educate] ; Prophetic; Historical; Myth; and Parable [a favorite form often used by Christ]

  1. What are these points that we Catholics MUST accept as “Defined Doctrines” of our Catholic Faith?

REPLY: From the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church

287 “The truth about creation is so important for all of human life that God in his tenderness wanted to reveal to his People everything that is salutary to know on the subject. Beyond the natural knowledge that every man can have of the Creator, God progressively revealed to Israel the mystery of creation. He who chose the patriarchs, who brought Israel out of Egypt, and who by choosing Israel created and formed it, this same God reveals himself as the One to whom belong all the peoples of the earth, and the whole earth itself; he is the One who alone “made heaven and earth”.

288 “Thus the revelation of creation is inseparable from the revelation and forging of the covenant of the one God with his People. Creation is revealed as the first step towards this covenant, the first and universal witness to God’s all-powerful love. And so, the truth of creation is also expressed with growing vigor in the message of the prophets, the prayer of the psalms and the liturgy, and in the wisdom sayings of the Chosen People”.

289 Among all the Scriptural texts about creation, the first three chapters of Genesis occupy a unique place. From a literary standpoint these texts may have had diverse sources. The inspired authors have placed them at the beginning of Scripture to express in their solemn language the truths of creation – its origin and its end in God, its order and goodness, the vocation of man, and finally the drama of sin and the hope of salvation. Read in the light of Christ, within the unity of Sacred Scripture and in the living Tradition of the Church, these texts remain the principal source for catechesis on the mysteries of the “beginning”: creation, fall, and promise of salvation.”

302 “Creation has its own goodness and proper perfection, but it did not spring forth complete from the hands of the Creator. The universe was created “in a state of journeying” (in statu viae) toward an ultimate perfection yet to be attained, to which God has destined it. We call “divine providence” the dispositions by which God guides his creation toward this perfection:

By his providence God protects and governs all things which he has made, “reaching mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and ordering all things well”. For “all are open and laid bare to his eyes”, even those things which are yet to come into existence through the free action of creatures.”

315 In the creation of the world and of man, God gave the first and universal witness to his almighty love and his wisdom, the first proclamation of the “plan of his loving goodness“, which finds its goal in the new creation in Christ.    

346 In creation God laid a foundation and established laws{ The “Natural Laws” like gravity] that remain firm, on which the believer can rely with confidence, for they are the sign and pledge of the unshakeable faithfulness of God’s covenant. For his part man must remain faithful to this foundation, and respect the laws which the Creator has written into it.

375 The Church, interpreting the symbolism of biblical language in an authentic way, in the light of the New Testament and Tradition, teaches that our first parents, Adam and Eve, were constituted in an original “state of holiness and justice”. This grace of original holiness was “to share in. . .divine life”.

399 Scripture portrays the tragic consequences of this first disobedience. Adam and Eve immediately lose the grace of original holiness. They become afraid of the God of whom they have conceived a distorted image – that of a God jealous of his prerogatives.

404 How did the sin of Adam become the sin of all his descendants? The whole human race is in Adam “as one body of one man”. By this “unity of the human race” all men are implicated in Adam’s sin, as all are implicated in Christ’s justice. Still, the transmission of original sin is a mystery that we cannot fully understand. But we do know by Revelation that Adam had received original holiness and justice not for himself alone, but for all human nature. By yielding to the tempter, Adam and Eve committed a personal sin, but this sin affected the human nature that they would then transmit in a fallen state. It is a sin which will be transmitted by propagation to all mankind, that is, by the transmission of a human nature deprived of original holiness and justice. And that is why original sin is called “sin” only in an analogical sense: it is a sin “contracted” and not “committed” – a state and not an act

417 Adam and Eve transmitted to their descendants human nature wounded by their own first sin and hence deprived of original holiness and justice; this deprivation is called “original sin“.

411 The Christian tradition sees in this passage an announcement of the “New Adam” [Christ] who, because he “became obedient unto death, even death on a cross”, makes amends superabundantly for the disobedience, of Adam. Furthermore many Fathers and Doctors of the Church have seen the woman announced in the Protoevangelium as Mary, the mother of Christ, the “new Eve”. Mary benefited first of all and uniquely from Christ’s victory over sin: she was preserved from all stain of original sin and by a special grace of God committed no sin of any kind during her whole earthly life

1602 Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with a vision of “the wedding-feast of the Lamb.” Scripture speaks throughout of marriage and its “mystery,” its institution and the meaning God has given it, its origin and its end, its various realizations throughout the history of salvation, the difficulties arising from sin and its renewal “in the Lord” in the New Covenant of Christ and the Church

1608 Nevertheless, the order of creation persists, though seriously disturbed. To heal the wounds of sin, man and woman need the help of the grace that God in his infinite mercy never refuses them. Without his help man and woman cannot achieve the union of their lives for which God created them “in the beginning.”

  1. Summary of mandated beliefs:

God [Triune] Created everything & and sustains all life and is the author ob both life and death.

*God created the first man and the first women. {Names and form at birth subject to speculation] and gave them a human soul, with a mind, intellect and freewill. No other Created thing [except angels and God Himself] are so endowed and Blessed. And there is a precise reason that man is so gifted:

Isaiah 43: 1, 7 & 21 “And now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and formed thee, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed thee, and called thee by thy name: thou art mine”… And every one that calleth upon my name, I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, and made him. … This people have I formed for myself, they shall shew forth my praise”

The account of the “Fall” is allegorical, BUT the fact that the first man and first women were seduced by Satan and made the identical prideful choice to “BE GOD”, as did Satan, is fact and cannot be denied.  Nor can the Doctrine of Original sin; which is inherent to all mankind, and unless forgiven through Christian Baptism; with water in the name of the Trinity Mt.28: 19 or in very limited, very precise noted exceptions; for those who through no fault of their own “do not know Christ Church and Faith; MIGHT be saved through a Perfect act of contrition” [Repent and convert]

http://www.catholic.com/tracts/adam-eve-and-evolution :

“Concerning human evolution, the Church has a more definite teaching. It allows for the possibility that man’s body developed from previous biological forms, under God’s guidance, but it insists on the special creation of his soul. Pope Pius XII declared that “the teaching authority of the Church does not forbid that, in conformity with the present state of human sciences and sacred theology, research and discussions . . . take place with regard to the doctrine of evolution, in as far as it inquires into the origin of the human body as coming from pre-existent and living matter—[but] the Catholic faith obliges us to hold that souls are immediately created by God” (Pius XII, Humani Generis 36). So whether the human body was specially created or developed, we are required to hold as a matter of Catholic faith that the human soul is specially created; it did not evolve, and it is not inherited from our parents, as our bodies are.

While the Church permits belief in either special creation or developmental creation on certain questions, it in no circumstances permits belief in atheistic evolution.”

Adam and Eve: Real People

It is equally impermissible to dismiss the story of Adam and Eve and the fall (Gen. 2–3) as a fiction. A question often raised in this context is whether the human race descended from an original pair of two human beings (a teaching known as monogenism) or a pool of early human couples (a teaching known as polygenism).

In this regard, Pope Pius XII stated: “When, however, there is question of another conjectural opinion, namely polygenism, the children of the Church by no means enjoy such liberty. For the faithful cannot embrace that opinion which maintains either that after Adam there existed on this earth true men who did not take their origin through natural generation from him as from the first parents of all, or that Adam represents a certain number of first parents. Now, it is in no way apparent how such an opinion can be reconciled that which the sources of revealed truth and the documents of the teaching authority of the Church proposed with regard to original sin which proceeds from a sin actually committed by an individual Adam in which through generation is passed onto all and is in everyone as his own” (Humani Generis 37).

The story of the creation and fall of man is a true one, even if not written entirely according to modern literary techniques. The Catechism states, “The account of the fall in Genesis 3 uses figurative language, but affirms a primeval event, a deed that took place at the beginning of the history of man. Revelation gives us the certainty of faith that the whole of human history is marked by the original fault freely committed by our first parents” (CCC 390).” END QUOTES

*The tree in the center of the garden is mythical. Whatever “fruit” it held was readily available on other “trees.” This was a test of love and loyalty to God for creating them and providing everything they actually needed or could reasonably want,

  1. Is there room for “yea but’s?”

REPLY: Yea but be careful. The rule that cannot be bridged is that everything we believe must conform, must align with Catholic Church Teachings.

God Bless, Patick

 

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