The Tree of Knowledge

First I have announcements and then disclaimers to get out of the way before we get into the heart of this post.  First I wanted to say I have found another avenue for my writing – an online community devoted to writing.  Here I plan to get constructive criticism for other works in hopes that my writing will improve.  I am not going to be able to post as frequently on this blog, but I believe it to be well worth it.  I hope that one day I can start to earn some money doing something that I love.  I know it won’t be much, but anything will help.  I must say, that I am never going to forget this blog.  This blog is a canvas that I can paint whichever way I like.  The blog has grown.  And hopefully with time I will be able to host the blog myself, and be able to sell a collection of works to my readers.  But that is far in the future.

I am about to start my next intellectual endeavor.  So give me time to read this very dense book for you guys.  It is short, but dense.

Now this post encompasses a discussion I had with my father who was an ordained pastor in the past.  He has tried very hard to make me a pure believer, but over the years I have constantly been honest with him with some of the problems I have with The Bible.   I do not wish to offend.  I am merely sharing my conundrum with what I have with the first story of The Bible, Genesis.  My brother told me I should not stop reading The Bible and acknowledge the good and bad of the bible, so to speak.  I took his advice, and I have been reading on and off the new testament with some of the old testament.  But I came to the realization, that if any one of these events in The Bible were to be different, the consequence would cascade to countless events.  And so, my conundrum with Genesis is paramount, because if the events of Genesis were different, we would have a vastly different Bible and Earth.

My problem is as simple as it gets, but has baffled me for years.  And not even my father, he open admits, that he does not have an answer.  And to me, this is dangerous.

Why create the tree of knowledge?

Why not create free will in paradise?  I had a person tell me that is not possible.  If people had their various wills so to speak, there are bound to be interests belittled upon so to speak.  But would that really happen in paradise?  If humanity existed with mother nature in pure harmony and had a relationship with their creator, would there be an incentive to self-maximize?  I don’t think there would be.  And I also think, that it is possible for such a powerful God to create Eden without The Tree of Knowledge.   Adam was naming the animals was he not?  Was God controlling that?  Couldn’t a human being name animals in paradise, with free will, without The Tree of Knowledge?  So why?  Why was this tree created?

Well from a longitudinal standpoint, it shows that we defy God’s instructions, and this whole battle with sin starts.  But in my mind, God knew what would happen.  He put The Tree of Knowledge there, unnecessarily, for a reason.  Not let us not forget, that because of this sin, we had to work, have pain with childbirth, and be exiled from Eden.  God became much more distant in literal terms with man from that point on.  He did not converse and walk directly with man, and his style (assuming the old testament is true) is very distant and prolonged.

One idea that I have played with is the symbolism of The Tree of Knowledge.  That it is true that man is sinful, but that man seeks knowledge as well.  And it is this drive for knowledge the pushes us further from God.  But again.  Why create a Tree of Knowledge with beings that you just created and knew were curious, and then tell them not to eat of the fruit?  Obviously they will.

And this is my problem.  Suffering was then enacted on humanity because of two people, that literally were doing what was planned, in my mind.  And I mean the entire spectrum of suffering.  Genocide, homicide, rape, war, and famine just to name a few.  Why?

The only answer my Dad had when listening to my reasoning, was a verse in Proverbs.  I can’t remember word for word, but basically God keeps the evil for the day of judgement.  In other words, suffering is due to evil, and the judgement of all that is evil further glorifies Him.

Glorify –> to praise the glory of God.

So to not get too technical, from what I can tell, there is a purpose to evil.  And evil causes suffering.  So because people get terminal cancer, die to someone driving while they are texting, and so on, is so on this predetermined day God gets more praise.  That is the purpose that I have come up with so far.  And frankly, it pisses me off.  It pisses me off to the point that I am mad Jesus had to die in the first place.  I get it.  Jesus had to be sacrificed for our sins, but there shouldn’t be sins to begin with.  The Tree should not of been created in the first place, and man should have been left to live in paradise and enjoy a more direct relationship with God.  The only reason I can deduce is because God wants to be further glorified.  So because of that, we have the inhumane suffering that happens every day.  If when I die I am presented before God and if God says what you have figured out is completely correct, I’d call him a piece of shit; humanity should not pay for your insecurity.  And He would end me.  And I would be okay with that.  I wouldn’t want to be at the mercy of a God who royally messed up.

But, I could have this all wrong.  There are multiple interpretations, and with the fast moving world going by it is hard to find the truth of creation while keeping in stride with society.  I will say this.  I do believe there has to be a Creator, because there is energy.  I believe He created a self-sustaining and self-evolving system.  I am not certain that God talking to a really young human and that text copied thousands of years later, is the way things happened.  What is interesting, is Christians put absolute faith in people that heard God, yet they constantly medicate people that hear God.  How could a new prophet come to pass?  Do we have all the information that Christians are supposed to know?

And so I pray.  I pray honestly, and I tell God why I think Genesis was a mistake.  And it is up to His empathy and decisions to do with my soul after I die.  That is all I can do.  After all, it very well could be possible that the major religions of our time does not come close to describing the spiritual realm – maybe they do.  All I can do is pray.

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