A Test of LOVE-Failed; the story of the Original sin and WHY it is our sin too. By Patrick Miron

 

A Test of LOVE-Failed; the story of the Original sin and WHY it is our sin too.

By Patrick Miron

Chapter One: Circumstantial Evidence

WOW!  That was some apple; or was it? This is the behind the scene exposé of what was really taking place. … Adam & Eve season II.

Their names may have been Claude and Jean; but make no mistake about it; their story is real; it really did happen, though perhaps not precisely as recorded.

I have taught for many years now that everything in the bible is true; but not everything is necessary factual as it has come down to us over the centuries. So I’m still going to refer to our First Parents and Adam and Eve.

There was no absolute reason that God “Had to” create humanity. Nor was God in anyway obligated to create US in “His Own Image.” {Gen. 1:26-27}Therefore it is reasonable; and of critical understanding, to recognize that God {defined as: “All Good things perfected.”} had something specific in mind in doing so. Are we left to guess just why God choose to do so? No; Divine Inspiration answers that quite clearly: Isaiah 43: 7 & 21 {RSV Bible} [7] “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” & [21] the people whom I formed for myself that they MIGHT declare my praise.

It is revealing that in the Genesis Creation account; that man did not exist immediately upon God’s “willing it” {Gen. 1:26-27} as did the rest of His Creation {which means to make something out of nothing; Gen 1: 3 & 9.}…

Gen. 2:  [5]And every plant of the field before it sprung up in the earth, and every herb of the ground before it grew: for the Lord God had not rained upon the earth; and there was not a man to till the earth. [6] But a spring rose out of the earth, watering all the surface of the earth. [7] And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth: and breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living {immortal} soul.  … {How many times I have read this amazing account and missed MAN BECOMING A LIVING SOUL}. So in all of the created Universe {which too has to exist for a specific purpose} only humanity is created out of SOMETHING; not, dare I say; “just willed into existence.”{Gen. 1:3 &9}; and only for His-humanity did GOD Breath in His-Life. Then from the incredible to the bizarre, we are told and expected to believe that humanity in some manner actually emulates our All “everything good” GOD….

John 4: 23-24 gives skeptics a solid footing for doubting this teaching: [23]But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him[24] God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth. {“God’s truth” is a pesky word whenever we encounter it in sharing or explaining our Faith beliefs}; … so we are Mortal and God is immortal; we are physical; and “God is a Spirit.”    …. How can we reconcile these seemingly irreconcilable differences?  That answer rest in Gen 2: 7 above: “Man {exclusively} becomes a living “Soul.”  But unlike every other type of “living souls”; humanities Soul exclusively emulates our God by being the only Rational-Soul; and the only Immortal soul in the created Universe.

Chapter Two

What’s the BIG Deal about eating an apple?

First of all; it may, or may not, have been an apple. The forbidden tree was in the Midst of the Garden of Eden {Paradise} that contained zillions of fruit bearing trees; and had, no-doubt a great many of the same fruit, every-bit as delicious as was the forbidden tree.

OK, ok, so the fruit tree itself was not the real issue, SO WHAT WAS?

Life is the {a} GOD TEST … WHY is that?

We notice in chapter 3 of Genesis:” [1] now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you that you should not eat of every tree of paradise? [2] And the woman answered him, saying: Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat: [3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die. [4] And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death. {Meaning: spiritual-eternal death} [5] For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil.”

A Question here: So where did this Snake come from? And WHY?

Ahhhhh, the “snake” probably wasn’t a “snake”. It is far more likely that it was some huge and horrible -evil-monster that COULD have easily taken their physical life. The Jewish language does not have a specific term for this kind of monster.

Prior to the Creation of the Universe and humanity GOD already existed with a myriad of Angels; {ANGELS definition: (symbols). Depicted in various forms to express the will of God, of which they are the mediators. Shown as messengers, in worship, and in executing justice, they appeared in Western art before A.D. 600. Before Constantine their appearance without wings was mainly with a staff indicative of their office as messengers”…….. Father Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary.}

The Angels are similar to man in rationality; but far more advanced to a higher degree of intelligence and are similar to GOD in essence, and are normally spirits. Thus they too have the ability to choose to Love or to Hate God.  … Rationality is the essential attribute for being ABLE to return to our Perfect God; “Perfect” Love which MUST Be freely bestowed in order to become “Perfect-Love.” God’s Nature can settle for nothing less.

At some point prior to the Creation of the Universe and humanity; a large group of angels; led we are told by Lucifer; decided that being in a perfect existence with God was not good enough for them; they decided that they actually wanted to be God’s; not simply “like” God as they already were; NO, they desired to BE –God’s. So a turf war ensued, and the “Good Angels” led by Michael the Archangel, were victorious. God’s side and the “Good Angels prevailed, and as all actions do have consequences; and Lucifer and his many minions had to be punished {God’s Perfect Justice demanded it}, so God created hell defined as: “The place and state of eternal punishment for the fallen angels and human beings who die deliberately estranged from the love of God. There is a twofold punishment in hell: the pain of loss, which consists in the deprivation of the vision of God, and the pain of sense, which consists in the suffering caused by outside material things. The punishment of hell is eternal, as declared by Christ in his prediction of the last day (Matthew 25:46), and as defined by the Fourth Lateran Council, stating that the wicked will “receive a perpetual punishment with the devil” (Denzinger 801). The existence of hell is consistent with divine justice, since God respects human freedom and those who are lost actually condemn themselves by their resistance to the grace of God.” ……..Father Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary.

Did YOU pick up the clue from this definition? The snake-monster was none other than Lucifer himself in disguise. The very “Father of Lies.” John 8:44… And he sold Adam through Eve; the very same prideful desire that he had convinced so many fallen angels to buy into. …Gen . 3:  [4] And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death. {Meaning: spiritual-eternal death} [5] For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil.”

The tree in the middle of the garden was a “LOVE-TEST.” After the fall of the “Bad-Angel” Lucifer and his pride-filled minions; God, for reasons known fully only to themselves {the Trinity}decided to create another form of Rational entities; but this time not quite as close to the actual “image of God” as are His Angels.

Now WE know that God is truly “All-Knowing” and knew what Adam through Eve would choose to do; so when we get to our “Immediate Judgment”, as each of us are assured to do at the very instant of our physical death; we might be able to ask God; just WHY He freely-choose to create humanity anyway?  But the fact remains that GOD did choose to Create humanity in His very Image; and even Breathed His Life into them.

Chapter Three: Failed Love

“Love is {CROSS THAT “is” OUT}; Love can be a many splendid thing.”

So now we must play detectives:

At RISK here was “covenant Love;” Which is WHAT exactly?

A “CONTRACT” deals with goods and services; BUT a “COVENANT” deals with GOD and humanity {persons]. There is no covenant without sacrifice. The sacrifice and suffering is offered by the people to symbolize their offering of themselves to God.

What was Adam’s RISK verses the anticipated gain?

Put at RISK: [1] Being already in “Paradise”, with its literal provisions for every need and desire {except one; that actually Being God} foreseen and fully met. [2] A perfect worry-free-existence with no death, no suffering and complete inner peace; until the Monster arrived uninvited. [3]The uninhibited love of God.

The possible Gain: The gamble and the “possible” gain: “being ‘made AS- GOD’S’ “… Gen. 3:5 knowing right from wrong.

What isn’t expressly spelled out in the Genesis accounting is Adam’s actual Role as understood by both God and Adam.

Adam was charged and empowered to:

Adam, the “Gate Keeper” was charged with protecting the Entrance-gate to the Garden of Paradise God had prepared for and gifted to Him and Eve, as it was the sanctuary of both God and man. Their relationship with God was uniquely intimate and personal.

Adam was charged with the responsibility to protect and care for his wife Eve

Adam was to insure their Love of God over every other consideration

Love-FAILED

Adam failed to protect the entrance to the garden: Love FAILED

Adam failed to protect Eve {his wife}: Love FAILED

Adam even failed to protect himself: Love FAILED

Adam choose to allow Eve to pridefully {& perhaps frightfully} influence him to choose to HATE God: Love FAILED

Why did God choose to test Adam & Eve in this way?

Because covenant love demands selfless giving in order to fulfill the human relations with God.

Actions DO have consequences:

[16] To the woman also he said: I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy husband’s power, and he shall have dominion over thee. [17] And to Adam he said: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work; with labour and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life. [18] Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herbs of the earth. [19] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return. [20] And Adam called the name of his wife Eve: because she was the mother of all the living.

[21] And the Lord God made for Adam and his wife, garments of skins, and clothed them. [22] And he said: Behold Adam is become as one of us, knowing good and evil: now, therefore, lest perhaps he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever[23] And the Lord God sent him out of the paradise of pleasure, to till the earth from which he was taken[24] And he cast out Adam; and placed before the paradise of pleasure Cherubims, and a flaming sword, turning every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Very much is left unspoken; yet clearly “said.”

Verse 19 expresses the new reality that all humanity will die; by implication here is both a physical death and a conditional spiritual death as well, which had NOT been the original plan of God. Verses 16-18 express that the New and normal condition for humanity will entail laboring and suffering, pain and sacrifice; also not in the original plan of God as in Paradise “work” was to be enjoyable and therapeutic.

The spiritual losses; and the spiritual consequences are even more devastating and discerning. Verse 24 teaches us that Adam {we} were kicked out of Paradise {to be here understood as heaven}and prevented from being able on our own merits to reenter it.

The new normal propensity to sin {having now learned how to}, and the JUST decision by God that these consequences would be shared by all of humanity as the DNA-inheritance of God’s JUST -New Life Test, for all and for each of us.

Humanity in a theological sense has some of GOD’S DNA {a desire for good.  Eccle. 15:18}… Likewise, and easier to grasp; all of humanities DNA can be traced back to and through Adam & Eve; and just as our offspring inherit some of our characteristics; ALL of humanity was to inherit the new propensity to sin; A & E’s “DNA”, and that  Stain of the “Original-sin” which was now predestined to plague us.

ORIGINAL SIN. “Either the sin committed by Adam as the head of the human race, or the sin he passed onto his posterity with which every human being, with the certain exception of Christ and his Mother, is conceived and born. The sin of Adam is called originating original sin (originale originans); that of his descendents is originated original sin (originale originatum). Adam’s sin was personal and grave, and it affected human nature. It was personal because he freely committed it; it was grave because God imposed a serious obligation; and it affected the whole human race by depriving his progeny of the supernatural life and preternatural gifts they would have possessed on entering the world had Adam not sinned. Original sin in his descendants is personal only in the sense that the children of Adam are each personally affected, but not personal as though they had voluntarily chosen to commit the sin; it is grave in the sense that it debars a person from the beatific vision, but not grave in condemning one to hell; and it is natural only in that all human nature, except for divine intervention, has it and can have it removed only by supernatural means.” End Quotes…. Father John A. Hardon’s Dictionary.

 Chapter Four: Explanations

FROM OUR CATHOLIC CATECHISM

404 How did the sin of Adam become the sin of all his decedents?

The whole human race is in Adam “as the 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 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 committed a personal sin, but this sin affected the human nature that they would then fall into a fallen state. It is a sin which will be transmitted by propagation to all mankind. That is by the transmission of human nature deprived of its 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- state and not an act.

405: Although it is proper to each individual, original sin does not have the character of a personal fault in any of Adam’s decedents. It is a deprivation of original holiness and justice, but human nature has not been totally corrupted: it is wounded in its natural powers proper to it, subject to ignorance, suffering, and the dominion of death, and inclined to sin-an inclination to evil that is called concupiscence. Baptism by imparting then life of Christ, erases original sin and turns man back toward God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summons him to spiritual battle.

God originally planned to invited all of humanity to permanent residence in the “perfect-life” of the Garden of Eden {Paradise} which Adam screwed up for us; so God’s decision to inflict all of humanity with the consequences of Original Sin is justified. Failures in Love

God is a God of Love and Mercy as evidenced throughout the Bibles Old and New Testaments. Indeed the bible is a single WORD could be correctly defined as “Love.”

God inflicted humanity with the consequences of one man; the man Adam; then in time and history choose just one people Exodus 6:7 to once again attempt to reintroduce himself to his- humanity. This was a long, protracted Love {by God}- love & hate by the Chosen People relationship. … Along the way Gen 17:11, God entered into a new Covenant –relationship that was sealed with circumcision {the letting of blood}that effectively removed the stain of original sin from that man, his son’s also by circumcision and his family. Gen. 17:11. So now the “illness: original sin” had a cure. This was later manifested and perfected by Christ who Instituted the new-more-perfect-covenant-relationship through Sacramental Baptism. John 3: 5 and Matthew 28:18.

So the cure for this original- infliction is God’s love manifested with a “cure” for his humanity. The cure for the new inbred propensity to sin is also God’s love now established through Sacramental Confession John 20: 19-23 & 1 John 5: 16-17; which is GOD’S commanded, and the normal way for sin forgiveness by Him.

And that FRIENDS is the end of the STORY which began in love and ends with love.  ….. It’s hard not to love a good LOVE-story.

POST Script:

The Church does not claim to know the final eternal resting place of Adam and Eve. But my personal guess tends towards God’s Mercy for them; IF, if they truly repented {as Adam’s sin was effectively denial of GOD’s Sovereignty.} and did not become bitter because of what they had brought upon themselves and all of humanity {which presumes that they actually understood ALL the consequences of what they had done; for which I could NOT uncover in my research verification of this fact.} The evidence of the murder of Able by Cain affirms man’s propensity towards sin; even SERIOUS sins. Cain’s early offspring flowing from the loins of the new humanity and their obvious propensity to sin, is demonstrated by the unrequited practices of paganism and the multiplicity of god’s of their personal invention.  My position is augmented by God’s later-choice of One Chosen people; One True God and One True Faith and ALL that He accomplished for them in route to this now- exposed & desired One, One, One Commanded-discovery and conversion.

DID ADAM ALSO FAIL TO TEACH ABOUT THE ONE TRUE GOD WHO HE KNEW PERSONALLY? WAS THIS ANOTHER FAILURE IN LOVE?

I personally find it amazing that this history, part fable & part truth dates back at least 4,000 years. WHAT an AMAZING God we have!

Patrick

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