Adam & Eve: Legends of The Fall

Or… “Things I’ve been wrestling with lately.”

One of the oldest questions regarding the tale of Adam and Eve and the fall has got to be, “Why?”. More specifically, “Why did God, the perfect being, create imperfect beings in the first place that He knew would betray Him with seemingly very little coercion and then doom all of mankind?”

The answer of choice or free-will in the context of, “Well, God wanted mankind to have free will, so they could choose between good and evil.” makes it seem like they were set up to fail from the get-go when you simply ask, “Why wouldn’t God spend a little more time with Adam and Eve; teaching them about the treachery of the enemy and his ability to manipulate and twist words, cause division and then teach them about their own weaknesses so they would be prepared to defeat him?” As far as the book of Genesis is concerned, we don’t have any record, to my limited knowledge of that actually happening. He spends some time with them and just says, “Hey, don’t eat from that tree or you’ll die.” by way of instruction, and that’s it.

The answer that God planned it that way so he could show off his Glory through Christ makes about as much sense. Besides sounding absolutely terrible, basically He allows four thousand years of tragedy, betrayal, heartbreak, sin, death and destruction, etc., so He can then redeem and save mankind and show off how good he is?

I feel terrible having these thoughts. At first glance, I feel like I am putting God on trial and that I am a heretic, doomed for Hell. Who am I to question a Holy and Righteous God, the ultimate Perfect Being? Why can’t I let God be God and just accept what is written for us and obey? I just can’t. Sometimes I feel like I swing between Atheism and Christianity like I was a kid at on a playground.

As someone who feels this, believe me when I tell you that I still want to believe. To use an analogy from this current Christmas season, its like the kid speaking to the hobo ghost on top of the Polar Express.

“What is your persuasion on the Big Man, since you brought him up?”

“Well, I want to believe…but..”

“But! You don’t want to be bamboozled. You don’t want to be led down the primrose path! You don’t want to be conned or duped, have the wool pulled over your eyes, hoodwinked. You don’t want to be taken for a ride, railroaded! Seeing is believing…am I right?”

“But what about this train?”

“What about it?”

“We’re all really going to the North Pole, aren’t we?”

“Aren’t we?”

“Are you saying that this is all just a…a dream?”

“You said it, kid! Not me…”

I feel like this train called Life is going somewhere. I still believe there is more to this life and that the destination called Death that we all are approaching together is a gateway.

But it’s hard.

So, back to Adam, Eve and God.

In all of this, the question beyond the question isn’t “Why does God let bad things happen?” Although a valid question to wrestle with, the question beyond that, I believe is something along the lines of, “Do we really have an accurate picture of what happened?”

I believe God is misrepresented. We attribute to Him some of the most idiotic and horrific shit. Misrepresentation must be a part of the answer.

Maybe the purpose of the story of Adam and Eve is similar to other stories and legends: to reveal truths about humanity.

Just a thought.

So, I won’t unwind this onion any further. This is just the layer I wanted to reveal today.

Can I accept the story of the Fall at face value? Not anymore, I used to, but not anymore.

I believe there is more to it than that.

I believe there is more to God than that.

I hope so, at least.

11 thoughts on “Adam & Eve: Legends of The Fall

  1. I’ve read up all sorts of perspectives on the A&E story. One of my favorites casts the serpent as the true hero asking: “What kind of loving father would keep his children in the dark?” Another one I liked talked about Adam’s first wife who acted as a check and balance and certainly wasn’t a “help-meet” in the same way Eve supposedly was. The thing is – the story changes depending on who tells it and what their motivation is – whether or not it was the man that was in the wrong or the woman, the reasons why they did what they did, why God bothered making them at all given his omniscience. It’s up to us to decide what to do with it – read it as a description, a prescription, an explanation or a mystery.

  2. At one point you indicate that god may be misrepresented, but you also attribute the fall to “the enemy,” by which I am assuming you mean Satan/Lucifer. But of course that isn’t something the Bible mentions, not in Genesis, not anywhere. Perhaps you are misrepresenting him too?

    1. You bring up an interesting point, just looking at the text by itself it just talks about the serpent. And that’s it. Even so, the only thing that changes to the question is, “why didn’t God teach them about the cunning of the serpent…” Could be misrepresenting him, too. But I’d rather know more about God first. Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting.

  3. The thing that has always bothered me about “the fall” is if it is evil to betray god, but if Adam and Eve hadn’t eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil yet, how could they even comprehend they were betraying God, and why that would be a bad thing.

  4. This really comes down to: can I trust the Bible? That’s the underpinning issue here. If so, you’re kind of putting yourself in Job’s place.

    Trying to comprehend the vastness of God and coming to your own conclusions based on how YOU think it should be. You don’t see what God sees. You don’t grasp the whole picture. If God was able to grasped, He wouldn’t be worthy of our adoration, I think.

    God knew they’d fall, just like you knew your kids would before they were born. But, you had ’em anyways.

    The question is, why?

    For the joy set before you.

    You say, “I believe God is being misrepresented,” but that would presuppose you having knowledge of a better, truer representation of him elsewhere.

    If the Bible is out, and there isn’t a better story about God, of course, atheism is the logical conclusion. So, you have to ask yourself- do I trust that this book is historically accurate and was written by men who had an encounter with God?

    I think, that’s the question.

    Why does God let bad stuff happen? Well, because we have free will of course. He made a perfect world and we messed it up. Could he have made a Stepford Wives version ? Yes. But, well, you get it.

    At the end of the day though, you have to answer your own questions, not me, or, anyone else. You have to wrestle with ’em, and co.e to your own conclusions. I can just sit outside the ropes and try to give you pointers.

    But, I’m pulling for ya.

      1. Yeah and I think, for me, it’d take more faith to be an atheist than a theist. Both take faith, both have unknowns.

  5. I just love the idea that two naked people thousands of years ago ate fruit and caused suffering on a daily basis. It is as hilarious as it is despicable. And we worry about Trump being a leader…

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