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The Fall of Man – Part 5 – In the Garden – Original Sin

The Bible states that the woman saw that the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was good for food, it was pleasant to the eyes, and it made one wise. She then ate of the fruit and gave some to her husband. (Genesis 3:6)
Genesis chapter three verse six reveals the lusts that the devil uses to tempt mankind. The woman saw that the fruit was pleasant to the eyes, (lust of the eyes). She saw that it was good for food, (lust of the flesh). She also desired the fruit to be wise, (pride of life).
Every sin that man does is caused by one of these three temptations: lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and pride of life. (I John 2:16-17)
We would be wise to run from these three temptations as fast and as far as we can. People are too easily caught in the web of sin. Many good men and women have ruined their lives by succumbing to seemingly harmless acts.
A Short Story
A man goes to the grocery store to get milk for his wife. He sees a pretty check out girl. (This is not a sin, as long as he doesn’t lust after her.) He gets in line and when he checks out he flirts with her. (This is sin, lust of the won’t run home and tell his wife he flirted with the local store clerk.) She flirts back. He thinks, ‘Boy, I can’t believe she flirted with me.’ (pride of life)
He finds himself going to the store more often and getting into her checkout line. One day he accidentally brushes against her. She brushes back. Soon he is caught in an illicit affair. (Lust of the flesh)
His wife soon discovers his infidelity, and they divorce. Sin has ruined his marriage. What we sow we reap.
Many will laugh at the we see the ravages of sin the newspaper, on television, and in our own circle of friends. The time to defeat sin is when temptation first raises its ugly head.
Back to Original Sin
It is also interesting to note that Adam was with Eve and did not stop her. Remember that God said, “In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt die.”
God gave Adam the commandment before Eve was created. Adam was not deceived. He was responsible for the sin. “For in Adam all die…” (I Corinthians 15:22)
Eve was deceived. (II Corinthians 11:3) ” the woman being deceived was in transgression.” (I Timothy 2:14)
The above verses demonstrate the difference between sin and transgression. Transgression comes from deception; sin is a willful act.
It is evident from scripture that death indeed was brought by Adam’s sin. How callous Adam was to watch Eve eat the fruit after God warned him.
As Christians we cannot sit by and watch the world perish, as Adam watched Eve eat the fruit. We must share the love of Jesus and share the hope of eternal life that rests with Christ alone.
Copyright 2010 J-me

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Garden of Eden 2.0 – The Representational Reality As the Ultimate Frontier

In retrospect, we are living in an era that is unlike any of the realms of being that have existed before the 21st century. Humanity has gathered an extensive amount of knowledge, art, literature, technology and science. We have created through our creative explorations newfound realms. Life has dramatically altered in that we are becoming able to choose from incredibly vast range the content of our lives. By universalizing all the values that have defined the cultures, we are able to combine from those ingredients new cultures in the level of values too. But by creating new ones with our own signature, THAT would be something. A realm of our own century’s design. In the remembrance that it will give the rise to other consequential forms.
So should we call this as the Garden of Eden 2.0? I did the update for Plato’s cave, so why not do it for the Garden of Eden too? The Garden of Eden famously has the Tree of Knowledge that made Adam and Eve to become able to know good and evil. And it was the one tree Adam and Eve were not allowed to eat, but from all the other trees that were in Eden. And let us suppose now the other trees in the garden were trees whose fruits represented a certain type of knowledge. Good and evil must be considered as types of knowledge, since the reality of independent objects do not contain in themselves any knowledge at all. After all, their content in the form of knowledge is only the representations we have of them. Let us then suppose that just as by being allowed to become aware of anything else but good and evil, Adam and Eve did explore different types of knowledge they could become aware of. Consider then the excitement they must have had when a new realm of possibilities opened for their views and experiences. Consider then just how many realms of possibilities there exist now for a human who is born unknowing.
I have experienced the cultural transiency myself in the following way. I have driven my car listening to Capone-N-Noreaga’s timeless “L.A., L.A” with the sign of East Coast in my hand. Lived the culture of hip hop and rap with the smooth gestures all over body language, wearing the relaxed but notorious clothing. I moved through a certain bridge into being something close to a hippie only later move on to Funk, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Nu-Jazz and to the magical tango’s of Astor Piazzolla. Opera and classical music opened me the doorways for listening symphonic metal with the flame of passion and depth in lyrics the best of that style has to offer. I am now dressed to black suit with my head shaved. Metal and drum and bass have stuck with me. My experience with the taste of literature and philosophy are similar to the changes I have gone through throughout my life. And I believe this transiency is a common experience for all the individuals, varying between styles. Indulging vitally the best of our days in the good, the excellent and the worse.
It is perhaps because I have refined so many different tastes I have found from the modernity of cultures, and found them to be so enriching that the potentials cultures contain have become so clear to me. This is to say that best of the fruits of any form of a culture are now available for us to enrich our daily lives with. But without the past ties to fit in with the masses the previous generations might have experienced. And in this, the freedom of our lives has increased and the scale of human experience has become vaster. Therefore giving the rise for the Garden of Eden 2.0 in the representational realm. But this time, without the snake.
Copyright A� 2010 Henry M. Piironen

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The Garden of Eden – How to Enter Back Into Paradise

Adam and Eve began life in true paradise, a different state of mind, and therefore, a different state of being. God’s creation of the world was enjoyable for Him, it was not laborious. God wanted the same for Adam as the Bible states, “And the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” (Gen 2:15)
There were two important trees in the garden: The tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam to eat freely of the tree of life, however, the tree of knowledge of good and evil was a test of obedience. “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen 2:16)
There was a serpent whom also lived in the garden, a very sly and subtle creature. The serpent beguiled the woman to eat of the tree which God commanded them not to, as he was cunning in his words. The woman knew she was not to partake of the tree, but the serpent stated, “Thou shalt not surely die” and “Ye shall see as gods”, and she saw that the tree was indeed, “pleasant to the eyes”, bearing fruit to make one wise. The serpent was an evil spirit that made her doubt God’s words, and doubt she did. She took of the tree and shared with Adam. Their eyes were opened and they did see differently, but not the way the serpent had claimed.
Adam and his wife hid, for they suddenly saw things (and themselves) in a different way and felt ashamed. They also felt shame because they did something they knew they were told not to do. But it did not hurt God, it only hurt themselves; for they had opened a door to death. This was the fall of mankind in the beginning of time, as the name Adam translates to mankind.
They were cast out of the garden and they were no longer worthy or capable of living in the garden. God said they will now labor in pain, no joy, like a slave to the earth. “Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Gen 3:17-19)
The garden of Eden was kept lit by a flaming sword, so that it may be possible to return back to it some day. “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Gen 3:24)
Adam and Eve seemed to be test subjects, with their decision and ultimately their curse, deciding the fate of the generations to follow. They indeed failed by disobeying God’s command, and in a way the world still suffers to this day. Jesus, however, was considered the “second Adam.” He came to Earth to die for our sins, the sins that were brought forth by the first Adam. However, Jesus showed a life of good and giving was possible, and set an example for others to follow. He began a new way of life.
Access to the tree of life is based upon a proper relationship with God, which is why Adam could not remain there after being disobedient. It is a fairly simple concept: tree of life results in life abundantly; tree of knowledge of good and evil results in death, as we see from Adam and Eve. My belief is that living the right life will get you back to the garden, back to a mindset and of peace and life. Life means the absence of sickness, shame, disease, guilt, and ultimately, death.
The Bible says Jesus died for our sins, so that we would not have to any longer. So, is there harm in believing we do not have to physically die? Can we live a life like Jesus, and ultimately conquer death, just as he had? The right and proper mindset, and living the right life, can equal everlasting life to who we are: here and now.
The way to life is lit for those who are looking. Learn what not to do from Adam’s example, and you will see you cannot truly live a good life by knowing both “good” and “evil”. Do good, receive good and do bad, receive bad – it’s ultimately karma.
Life can be whatever you make it to be, you have the power control it. But if you desire the ultimate journey, and the way back into a beautiful paradise like the garden of Eden, then you must be on the right (or righteous) path.