The Bible a most fascinating book. The use of allegorical characters used to paint a picture for all time. Resulting in biblical writers like Moses, Solomon, David, Joel, right on through to John’s Revelation to pick up on those themes. Followed by centuries of theologians right on down to our time continuing the discussion. Others will follow us, as long, as time permits. The duality of those biblical occurrences represents just one of those fascinations. Like the story of Adam and Eve and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Perhaps both incidences, are allegorical in nature.The Moses narrative in Genesis is about choice and destiny. Using named characters as pictures of choice and consequences. What applied to Adam and Eve is a story about the condition of humans which is applicable today.
While the resurrection is also allegorical because the real life event of Christ’s murder and subsequent resurrection is picturesque or allegorical of a first and second resurrection. Completing the cycle of choice and consequences.
First a short journey into Genesis. There we find the creation of the first man, Genesis 2:7. For what it is worth, creationism and evolution are compatible. As Christians, there we have the account of creation. But the theory of evolution, is evident before all to see. Today’s human species are bigger, stronger, more intelligent. Than the human species of even two mere past decades.
But creationism verses evolution is for another day. Other than to say that the ultimate aim of some advocates of evolution is to prove that “we” are god. With the intent of proving that God is non-existent. Which of course will only propel such advocates onward to the second resurrection. Put this way, “And I (John) saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another was opened, which is the book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire,” Revelation 20:12-15.
Hopefully once before the Spirit, our redeemer Jesus, and accompanied by His bride you and me, they’ll change their minds about the non existence of Him. And accept, His free invitation to freely drink the waters. If not, then they’ll experience His judgment. Wherefore the scoffers, and mockers will experience the perfect truth. Some to everlasting life and others to everlasting contempt. With water being the perfect allegory for personal redemption as recorded in Revelation 22:17.
The first scriptural allegory appears with the “tree of life” and “tree of knowledge of good and evil,” Genesis 2:9. In verse 15, God gave this man some simple instructions. Take care of the garden. In verse 17, this man was told not to partake of the “tree of knowledge of good and evil.” Failure to obey would result in death. There we have the first mention of death. Carried over to our by Romans 5:12. In Genesis 2:22, we have the creation of the first woman.
In Genesis three, verse five, the woman is told by disobeying God she would become like God knowing good and evil. From there, the quest to be like God got its start. Humans from that start launched their determination to classify good from evil.
For example, President Obama, drew the line for his government. Distinguishing between good from evil, when he allowed embryonic stem cell research. Some In the U.S. Congress, saw Obama’s good as evil. Voices on both side of the debate exist outside of the congress. Right into the theater of Christendom. With that theater not winning the day. Because they lacked the power, and influence upon Obama that they had with Bush. It has been interesting observing how the Obama administration defined good and evil, as time eats away at his presidency. His commitment to federal funding for stem cell research. Which is sweet a change, by turning the Bush evil into good for the betterment of humanity. One of the positive aspects of his presidency.
The greater concern for God was not the violating of the prohibition against interaction with “the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” but rather with the “tree of life.”
The concern was that the first man and woman would become like “one of us,” or God like beings. Knowing the difference between good and evil. Resulting in the first man, and woman joining the Gods. From the tree of life experience they would live forever, Genesis 3:22.
The use of the objective form of the pronoun us for we. Suggesting the possibility of more than one God. Suggesting again that these God’s did not want any more competition between themselves with new God’s being added to the mix.
The first man was assigned an existence of servitude and obedience. Later he was joined by the first woman. Who found away around God’s prohibition through the Serpent. Who told the woman, she would not die, Genesis 3:4.
I have written about this phenomenon from the book of Ezekiel in previous discussions. Suggesting that a war between the God’s is going on in the heavens. With the outcome for now uncertain. Scriptures tell us that the great deceiver, Satan, or the Serpent of Genesis was a rebellious angel who was thrown out of heaven.
All religions trace their authenticity to God’s revelation. Each with an interpretation different for humanities purpose and function. From that of their competitors. Who can say for certain, which religion represents God’s truth?
In the real world of today that is what tearing the world apart. The conflict between three religions. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the Middle East which has spread around the globe. Excusing none, no not even the United States. With religious clerics from each religion influencing governments to act against the others as infidels. This nothing new because it has been going on for eons of time. Today the intensity is much greater and will get worse.
This is only shared to stimulate thinking. Even though it’s contrary to the belief, that most people do not like to think. Most prefer to stay well inside the lines of determined belief systems.
For example, once this padre delivered a sermon titled, “Yes, indeed you shall live again.” Suggestions were made to theories concerning reincarnation. Can you imagine the reaction? My only purpose was to stimulate thinking. Why did those parishioners believe the mainline Christian version for the afterlife. Most believe without thinking. Just accepting what they had been indoctrinated to accept. In many cases since infancy.
The absolute worse bases for convictions of any sort. Investigate, evaluate, then you will own your convictions. That is the purpose of these discussions. No attempt is made to persuade. Every attempt is made to stimulate thinking and self realization. Which is especially true for this discussion.
A few thoughts about life outside of the “Garden of Eden.” With thoughts about the resurrection occurring with the next discussion.
Since the first man and woman were expelled from Eden life took on a different dimension. Life became difficult with life ending in death and burial. In a grave of silence with no reward or punishment for the life lived, c 2 Kings 22:20.
What happens next? God will wake up the dead on two separate occasions. Separated by a 1000 years. And recently discussed, if you missed those postings with their scriptural bases. They can be read by clicking the appropriate calendar dates. “50 Days After Easter,” 24 May 2015. “Declaration Day Death The Journey,” 25 May 2015; “Death Its Complexity,” 26 May 2015; “Full Pews And Ringing Cash Registers, 27 May 2015; Really Didn’t You Feel So Bad Because Killing Him Felt So Good,” 28 May 2015,
Solomon told us in Ecclesiastes what we all know. Humanity is predisposed to evil with madness in their hearts while they live. Then they join the dead, Ecclesiastes 9:3.
Stimulated to think and challenge! How about you?