In a little place calledEden, the two lovers lived. This wasn’t Heaven and it wasn’t quite the present Earth but somewhere in between. Whatever it was, it was paradise and it was perfect.
What happened between them wasn’t exactly the typical love story. She came from his rib and not from the dust as Adam did. When she was made was put to sleep by God as part of him was taken and put into her. He was a part of her even then.
And thus, their love story begins. Adam and Eve.
They were the first man and woman, meant to procreate to make even more. God had given them a beautiful, blissful sanctuary and they were meant to live out the rest of their lives there in peace.
There was one catch, though.
There was the tree in the mist. The tree with the forbidden fruit. They could do anything in that garden but they couldn’t eat that.
They couldn’t touch it and they couldn’t eat it. God told them that they would die if they did.
The serpent Satan told them otherwise.
Eve was his first victim.
He came to even and tantalized her. “You and your lover will be like gods,” he whispered to her.
Eve tried to be good, of course, but it was oh so much for her. To be a goddess? That seemed incredible. It was her big break. The idea of it a big, looming thing in the midst, a shiny toy she had to touch. She would know good and evil and then maybe she might preside over the Earth.
Eve realized that there were indeed a difference between the two trees. One of them was for food and the other for knowledge. And so Eve decided that she would just try one little fruit from the tree of knowledge.
The best part was that she got Adam to go along with her. “C’mon, Adam, we’ll be like gods,” she said. “I need someone to do it with me.” She gave him her pouty face and that was all he needed.
Adam was Satan’s second victim, though by association.
They ate the fruits then, together. As soon as they did, the knowledge thrummed through their veins and hit them too.
They were naked. That realization never fully hit them until that moment. Somehow, they both knew that nakedness was bad. They needed to cover themselves!
Someone must have said something to the other because they both realized that they had to fix this as soon as they could. The only thing on hand, however, seemed to be fig leaves.
From the fig leaves they both fashioned themselves aprons. Being fully covered, they both took a sigh of relief. They weren’t naked and dirty anymore! Yay!
However, this wouldn’t last for long. Their creator happened to be watching over them and shadowing them like a gray cloud. He, of course, was not at all happy with the situation.
“Hey!” God said.
They turned around in horror.
“Who even told you you two were naked? How did you even know?” He asked, surely thinking of that evil Satan that always had to mess things up.
They both turned to each other.
Adam and Eve looked at each other. They could say what they want but they both knew God could see through them.
“Eve told me to do it!” Adam said. Eve couldn’t deny this accusation because, of course, it was true.
God turned to Eve and gave her the stink-eye. “What have you done?”
“The serpent told me to do it!” Eve said. “And he tempted me. So I did.”
God paused for a moment to consider this.
“I see,” He said. “Well, now I have to punish you, you know. You too, serpent. So here it goes.”
And thus, the punishment was cast.
The serpent was doomed to slither on the ground and not have any legs. It was also an enemy of humans and the worst of all animals.
And then came Eve’s punishment. For being an evil seductress, Eve and all women were forced to submit to their husbands and to men in general. They also had to go through childbirth, something that God decided in that moment to make extremely painful.
Adam didn’t get away, either. He had to work the rest of his life instead of having everything handed to him on a silver platter.
“Oh,” God said. “One more thing. Get out of this garden. None of you deserve my awesomeness.”
And, so, with hanged heads, they did.
Hence, life is now what we know it- blood, sweat, tears and death. All because Adam and Eve ate some fruit.
While this story is entertaining, I do have a few problems with it.
First of all, I have an issue with what it reveals of God’s character. If God is omniscient, shouldn’t he have known that this was coming? I know Adam and Eve were supposed to have free will along with the snake, but if God predicts it, is it really free will? It almost seems as if Adam and Eve are being asked to do something beyond their human capability and then being punished for that.
Quite frankly, I don’t get why it was so bad. Besides the fact that fruit is just fruit, knowledge is just knowledge. It all depends on how it’s used. The idea of hoarding knowledge seems like something very unfair to me, unless it’s from a child unable to handle it. Anyway, doesn’t God want them to know the truth? What’s good from bad? How could they be expected to know? I’m personally a big lover of the truth, so knowledge is something that’s really important to me. This story almost reminds me of the blue pill versus the red pill in The Matrix (the red pill being truth and the blue pill being paradise and bliss and ignorance). Sure, Adam and Eve could have been kept ignorant but they both chose the red pill. They chose the truth.
Anyway, Adam and Eve were essentially just two rebelling kids here. Being kicked out ofEdenforever along with their specific punishments seems like kind of a big deal. A temporary exile would have worked just as well for both Adam and Eve and Satan alike. But then to punish everyone else? Now that really is going too far here. How are kids supposed to be responsible for what their parents and ancestors do? I suppose, as a feminist, I should be getting all upset at Eve’s subjugation, although I must say that Adam’s punishment sounds really bad too. On behalf of all women, I also think dealing with periods and childbirth is a cruel and unusual punishment. Since Eve was ultimately tempted by another person too, I don’t see how she’s done any worse than Adam.
In addition to this, there seems to be one thing that is missing here. God had deliberately lied to them while Satan showed them the truth. How is God getting off scot-free here? If he sat down and explained everything to them, none of it would have happened.
This line of thinking is one of my biggest problems with Christianity. Eating from the Tree of Knowledge was wrong not because it hurt anyone but because it disobeyed God. Things are wrong here just because God says they’re wrong. Also, this goes back to accepting things on faith and without evidence. There is no evidence to show that eating the fruit will kill them, and yet they are expected to believe it. God isn’t telling them why it’s morally wrong, just how it’s harmful. In any case, if a small child ingests poison despite parental warning, that would simply being a stupid move and not one that was bad. How is this any different? Not to mention, I guess this is where all of the sex-negativity in Christianity starts (you know the whole nudity equals sex, sex equals bad).
This story, once again, really was written quite beautifully and I really did appreciate the language used in KJV. Also, I do love the idea of Eve coming from Adam’s rib; it almost seems romantic 😉 I also do appreciate the cultural significance of Adam and Eve and all of the references made to it this very day.
If this was considered just a story, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. The big deal is when people start to take it literally and draw morality from it (Original Sin, faith without evidence, etc.). By terms of the Old Testament, this story is pretty tame and innocent but it still is a part of its broader message.
Okay, I guess my atheism is showing. Peace out.