God created Adam; we will ignore Lilith for the purpose of this discussion. We know God created Adam, because he did it twice. I have to wonder what was wrong with the first version. That being said, I looked up Genesis and it reads “Let ‘us’ make humankind in our image, according to our likeness …” 1:26 and then in 1:27 “so God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” The next question that arises is who is ‘us’; who was God talking to in an inclusive manner, which then suggests that it took more than God to create humanity.
Then there’s the question of ‘male and female’- if God created humanity in its image, there is either more than one God, or God is both male and female. So what is all the screaming about people worshipping the Goddess? Surely they are the same energy, having been part of our Creation? Or is that part of the problem with having a jealous God? And that was just chapter 1.
Chapter 2 of Genesis says the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground 2:7, but not woman; she came later, when Adam (first man) was lonely. First God created the animals, then, when Adam was still not satisfied, God put him to sleep, and took one of his ribs (he must have had a spare, because males still have the balance of ribs in their bodies today)and created him a mate/partner. Interestingly enough, Adam was banned from eating from the tree of knowledge ‘before’ the woman (Eve) was created. 2:16-17
On a side note, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil could not have had seeds in its fruit because God gave all the trees with seeds to humanity for its consumption, but that’s completely off topic.
Moving on to Chapter 3 we have more of the ‘us’ stuff. Who is God talking to in 3:22 which says “Then the Lord God said, “see, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil,; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” .. so God sent him, and Eve, from the garden. He ‘drove out the man’ 3:24 and set a cherubim to watch the gate, so that he (they) could never return. Just to protect us from immortality?
Is God learning from us, or are we learning from God? He was very angry when he found that Adam had chosen to eat the fruit that Eve had given him, but why have it in the garden if it could create such harm? Did he consider humanity was not intelligent enough to avoid eating something life changing, so warned Adam away from the tree? And why put the innocent newly-created human into this garden, which had no animals or birds or fish within it to feed from? 2:15 I guess Adam was vegetarian, or perhaps, as an innocent, he simply didn’t eat? No, that can’t be right; otherwise Eve would not have considered eating the fruit. Did Adam only start eating meat once his innocence was gone? Before that he had dominion over the animals etc 1:26, he was to protect them, not eat them.
Then there is the question of God’s omnipotence.. he didn’t know that Adam had eaten the fruit 3:11 when they hid from him in the garden? I was always taught that God knows everything I do. And why curse them so severely because they now knew good and evil? How did that make them better people? As to the serpent, surely God knew that it too was in the garden, and the sort of mischief it might get up to?
What is original sin – disobedience to God?
The first sin was to disobey God, or was it to listen to any voice but His? Did God decide to take away humanity’s innocence by letting the serpent be in the garden, so that Eve could actually want to go and take the forbidden fruit? Are we to blame the devil for Eve’s choice to give it to Adam, or does it all come back to God again, for allowing the ‘serpent’ to sneak into the garden in the first place – given that God is omnipresent and omnipotent, and would have known exactly what the serpent was up to. Here was the first test, which led to so many others. Here was humanity’s first failure. God tests His creations, just look at Job? So the advice ‘do not pick the fruit from the tree’ was a test humanity was meant to fail – how else could God learn about Himself, unless through His own creations. Can you think of another reason for creating them?
And where is the sin? Considering all the factors, didn’t Adam and Eve simply act in the way God wanted them to, so that we could become the ‘learning and growing’ beings we are today? Or did God actually want humanity to remain within his private zoo? I can’t see that myself, even the animals evolve ..
Love & Peace, Ama