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God’s Original Plan for Humanity

Posted by Jerry on January 16, 2006

“Assume that the Genesis story in the Bible is true. Therefore, God exists.

God created man in His image. Then he created woman out of man. Strangely, however, God commanded Adam and Eve to not eat the fruits of the tree of life and knowledge. In other words, God made man and woman in His image except for the knowledge and immortal life part. So, “His image” is quite questionable as to what it means. It is said in the book of Genesis that before eating of the forbidden fruit, man had no concept of sin or wrong or evil. It was after having eaten the fruit from the “Serpent” that sin entered into the world. Sin implies immorality – which also implies a possibility of morality.

The book says that after they ate the fruit, Adam noticed Eve as a “woman” and apparently that reveals the human nature of sinful lust that became possible for Adam to experience. So, God originally then intended Adam and Eve to remain oblivious of good and bad, right or wrong, moral and evil, the sexual and the impersonal, etc. Which further implies that God did not want Adam and Eve to have knowledge of such things, and of many other things that arise from such knowledge – like love, values, virtues, hatred, benevolence, choice, freedom, nurture, etc.

Thus, it seems like God created Adam and Eve just like He created all the other animals – like just any other species – endowed with life, but a blank stare of ignorance in their eyes. God did not want Adam and Eve to have knowledge – to know what is admirable, what is deserving of praise, what is evil, what is immoral, what is good, what is bad, etc. Knowledge was forbidden.

In other words, God’s Divine plan for humanity was to keep us in a perpetual state of ignorant void – there can be no “happy” “innocent” state without the possibility of experiencing unhappiness or evil – an infant is not “happy” or “innocent” in the true meaning of the word, the infant is merely clueless, like any other animal would be, only sometimes responding pleasurably to pleasurable stimuli. But, humans foiled God’s Divine plan (clearly, foiling God’s plan is possible, according to the Bible) in cahoots with the Devil.

The Devil liberated human beings from the state of ignorance and animal-like existence and brought salvation upon humankind. The Devil gave us the glimpse of immense possibilities, of achievements, of the concept of happiness, joy, love, of the higher meanings of morality, choice, freedom, failure, etc. The Devil made the world we live in, possible. The Devil free-ed humans to build our own heaven, here on Earth. The Devil makes it possible for us to love our mothers and hate our back-stabbers, to enjoy our boyfriends in sex, and to create great works of Art and literature. The knowledge of good and evil makes it possible for us to have a life that has meaning, that gives us control over our actions, that gives us responsibility, purpose, efficacy, sense of achievement. Of course, because of our freedom, we also screw up a lot. But hey, I still prefer living like this today, as a thinking human being, than living like how God intended Humans to live – as ignorant animals with no knowledge, no concept of any values, no experience of love or sexual intimacy, no worth, no pride, no self-esteem.

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3 Responses to “God’s Original Plan for Humanity”

  1. Insightful post. I just wanted to comment that in the Genesis version of the story, it’s not clear that the serpent is Satan, although it’s clear the serpent is up to no good.

    In other cultures of the ancient middle east, the serpent was often a symbol of wisdom, strangely or appropriately enough.

  2. Ergo Sum said

    Hi John,
    Yes it’s true that different cultures have attached different meanings to the serpent.
    Nevertheless, going just by what the Genesis story says about the serpent, it certainly is anti-thetical to God’s plan… hence God curses the serpent by prophesizing the crushing of its head by a “woman” – who traditionally, Christians have come to believe, is the Virgin Mary… through the birth of her son Jesus.

  3. Ted Keer said

    Gentlemen, the serpent and the tree of life as well as the bird are symbols of the mother-goddess religion that predates the sky-gods of the Jews and the Indo-Europeans by millennia. See Graves’ White oddess, Frazer’s Golden Bough and the various works of Marija Gimbutas.

    Note that the “monsters” of Greek mythology, as well as the demons of the Old Testament and Semitic oral tradition often combine the aspects of woman, bird and snake. Lilith, Medusa, Hydra, Harpy, Sphinx, etc., these are the long forgotten echos of chthonian gods that were worshipped long before the advent of the sky patriarchs, of which Yahweh is one jealous variant. The bird was a symbol of death – vulture/harpy – and rebirth – Easter eggs/the baby bearing stork – while the serpent was a symbol of phallic fertility and the mother goddess whose body he hugged and from whose crevices he emerged. The python, and the hundred-headed serpent monster “Typhon” buried under Mount Aetna are variations of the same Greek root “duph-/pudh-“(Proto-Indo-European *dheub-) which is cognate to the English word “deep.”

    The Biblical story of Adam and Eve is a highly mangled and redacted story whose original meaning has been co-opted by the compilers of the Old Testament. The Tree of Life, or the World-Tree, (Compare the Germanic “Christmas” Tree crowned with the North Star – not the Star of the Nativity) and the snake which lives in its roots are found reflected in the myths of Yggdrasil and the Midgard Serpent, Ouroboros, the Hindu Adisesha and all throughout Eurasia. Just as the Greek heroes killed bird/snake/women and seized the golden apples, the Yahwist and the Elohist too have their story of the tree, the snake, the woman and the fruit.

    Ted Keer Radicals for Happiness.

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