Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything

I'm not a religious person, but I have an idea for the Xian concept of the Garden of Eden.  Genesis (Book 3) states that Adam and Eve were cast from the garden of Eden after eating of the Tree of Knowledge.  As most Christians, I was brought up to believe that this is the Original Sin, the core act of disobedience against the word of God that condemns man to death (and Hell, if you were fundamentalist Baptist.)

Now, suppose that the Tree of Knowledge has nothing to do with knowing what is good and what is evil.  Rather, it is to know the true nature of God. Then the parable would make more sense:
To admit that God exists is to say that God is not real.
To say that God does not exist is to admit that God is real.
Simply, to say that there is knowledge of God is to confess no knowledge of God.  To confess that there is no God is to acknowledge God.  God cannot exist if we believe He is real, though if we believe He is real, He cannot exist.

It's too early in the morning to be challenging anyone's belief in God (and I'm truly not interested in doing so - it's a conversation that often goes nowhere on the best of days.)  I do, however, feels this makes perfect sense in that the mythos of the Garden of Eden is like any other creation parable. The Tree of Knowledge is meant to be man's access to the Knowledge of God, rather than the 'good and evil'.  Otherwise, the story becomes little more than a bedtime story, lacking the point of reflection that a creation myth is intended to provide.

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