What are we trying to teach ourselves?
What do we want to learn?
Does God, or the collective consciousness of All That Is, care more about how much we suffer from the consequences of our thoughts and experiences or how much we learn and evolve as a result of them? I suspect that God cares very much about how much we suffer, but he cares more about how much we learn from our experiences. Imagine that you’re God, or the collective Consciousness or All That Is; how would you set the stage for the greatest possible fulfillment of your potential? To give yourself a boost, ask yourself: as a human being, how would I set the stage for the greatest possible fulfillment of my potential, in my oneness with and separation from All That Is, as both a product of creation and creation itself?
In The Story of Creation cited in Christian, Jewish, and Islamic bibles, Adam and Eve each took a bite of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the middle of the Garden of Eden. They did it against God’s express Command not to eat fruit from this tree, “for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” – Chapter 2, Verse 2:17. What’s interesting is that He only gave names to two trees, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of (eternal) Life. He also made it a point to let Adam and Eve know that both trees were planted in the middle of the garden.
As the story goes, after God learned that Adam and Eve ate of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, He clothed them with skins, told them how punishing life outside of Eden would be, then kicked them out, never to return. Whether this story is true or hypothetical doesn’t matter. It still tells us much about ourselves and the role of choice-making in our lives or Being and Creation.
Here are direct quotes about this part of the story. They are taken from the Vatican version of the Story of Creation in Genesis, the first book in the Old Testament. They also appear in my account of What I Learned in Catholic School:
Chapter 2: (As the Story of Creation unfolds):
[2:9] Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
[2:15] The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.
[2:16] And the LORD God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;
[2:17] but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
Chapter 3: (After Eve is created out of one of Adam’s ribs):
[3:1] Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
[3:2] The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
[3:3] but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die. ‘”
[3:4] But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die;
[3:5] for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
(Later, in chapter 3, we deal with the consequences of Adam and Eve’s disobedience):
[3:6] So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.
[3:7] Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
[3:8] They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
[3:9] But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”
[3:10] He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
[3:11] He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
[3:12] The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.”
[3:13] Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.”
[3:14] The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.
[3:15] I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
[3:16] To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
[3:17] And to the man he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
[3:18] thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.
[3:19] By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
[3:20] The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
[3:21] And the LORD God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.
[3:22] 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”–
[3:23] therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken.
[3:24] He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life.
Again, if you were God, or the Collective Consciousness of All That Is, how would you set the stage for the greatest possible fulfillment of your potential? Would you care more about how much you suffer or how much you learn as a result of our experiences? As Beings of Aware Energy that exist only because we think, feel, act and react, that translate the energy of ideas into dramas of every type and experience, is it possible for us to truly die? Out of an infinite number of choices, what works best and makes you happiest?
For further reference, read The Hidden Hand, Part 1. Believe me, it will throw you for a loop!
Roger Peterson, “Pete” –https://realtalkworld.com
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