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Eve and the apple again

Eve and the Apple

No one completely understands the ways of God. Many of us can come up

with our own opinions, and justify his ways in our own minds, just as Milton did

in Paradise Lost. Just as Adam and Eve, we all are gifted with free will and

the responsibility of making important decisions and choices in our life, which

will determine our future. But we may well ask ourselves today, of what use

would this free will be to us if we did not know good from evil? When Eve ate

the apple in the Garden of Eden she had two different voices telling her what to

do. God had said that Adam and Eve may eat any fruit from any of the trees in

the Garden of Eden except for the tree that contains the knowledge of good and

evil. Satan (disguised as a serpent) told Eve that she would not die from

eating that fruit, that her eyes would be opened, knowing both good and evil.

But at the time Eve made her decision, she did not have the knowledge of good

and evil. Eve did not know the serpent could be Satan incarnate, nor did she

know that her desire to become a goddess would be a sin.

The main reason Eve eats the apple is because she wants to become a

Goddess. The serpent said that he was a beast and after eating the fruit from

the tree of knowledge of good and evil he became more human like. Eve was

enticed by the words of the serpent who said that "If the fruit makes a serpent

like a man, it should make men like gods." (Line 710: "That ye should be as

Gods, since I as man, Internal Man, is but proportion meet; I, of brute, human;

ye, of human, Gods.)

Other arguments that the serpent used to manipulate Eve included; 1,)

You shall not die, look at me, I have touched and tasted and I have not died.

2,) Should man not be allowed a fruit that a beast has? 3,) How can God's

tree give knowledge out against his will, if he already knows all?

Eve also states that by God forbidding the fruit he made it more

desirable. While contemplating whether or not to eat the fruit, Eve wonders,

why the beast did not die after eating the fruit? Why should such intellectual

food be reserved for beasts? But her main reason for eating their fruit is to

acquire greater power, to become a "goddess". She tells Adam that "it was a

divine effect which will open our eyes and makes us Gods." She tells Adam that

the snake ate the fruit and nothing bad happened to it. Adam in return eats the

fruit because he doesn't believe that he could take living without her. (He

also didn't know if he could spare another rib for a second Eve.)

God knew before warning Adam and Eve of the forbidden fruit that they

would eat it anyway. By warning them of it, he only increased their desires.

However, this may have been a necessary development in the creation of mankind.

After consuming the apple, Adam and Eve were banished from the sacred garden,

and sent to the outside world. They had committed a sin against God, by not

only disobeying his commandment, but by wanting to be gods themselves. They

were banished from the garden not only as punishment, but also because God did

not want them to eat of the tree of life, of immortality. They were not killed

as God had originally threatened, but told to be fruitful and multiply.

According to Milton, in the outside world Adam and Eve repented their

sins to Jesus Christ who in turn asked God for forgiveness. God once again

accepted them but stated that they would never again set foot in Paradise. But

by this grace, his creation was complete.

God's warning was definitely effective because he accomplished exactly

his purpose : The creation of this magnificent world that we live in today,

which was all started by God, Adam, and Eve. God didn't give Adam and Eve a

complete warning about the tree because he did not tell them that it was only by

his judgment whether or not they would die or eat the fruit. So when the

serpent ate the fruit and didn't die, but began to speak like a man, they were

more susceptible to his guile.

God works in mysterious ways, but never intended to hurt or kill Adam or

Eve. He had a complete plan the entire time. To create the world we humans

live in today.

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