So, just why did God chose to visit his horrible punishment not only on Adam and Eve, the perpetrators of said sin, but all of there decendents too? Well, apart from it being a simplistic plot device, there aren’t a lot of good reasons I can come up with. However, let’s try two possibilities:
First reason: he had no choice. Perhaps the fruit possessed such awesome power that the only way to keep humanity alive after eating it, was to expel them from the Garden of Eden. As a science fiction writer, I can think of many interesting possibilites of why this could be, but I doubt any would satisfy the religious. In fact, any devout Christians will have trouble with this explanation as it neccessarily means that God is not all-powerful.
After all, if God didn’t have the power to do what he wanted, he can’t — by definition — have power over all. And that violates one of the Christian descriptions of God.
Second reason: God feared that humans would complete the process of becoming gods by also eating fruit of the tree of life. Basically, He didn’t want the competition (although, there seems to already be other gods?).
Genesis 3:22-23 [emphasis added]
And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
This one seems pretty straight forward, and not so surprising once you get to know the god of the Torah. Essentially, He’s afraid of competition, or afraid of humans joining Him and His homeboys.
Incidentally, I don’t believe the ‘us’ means either the holy trinity or the angelic host. In the first instance, it would be capitalized. In the second, angels are not gods, and God never treats them as equals. They are simply His messangers, gofers, and soldiers. So he wouldn’t refer to them in this way.
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Now we come to Jesus. We might as well start with his parents, since the New Testament does. So, to begin let’s pick… Mary.
We all know the story: holy angel comes upon her bringing the seed of the lord. She gives birth to the saviour, laying him to sleep where the animals eat. But the bible has much more than that, and laying Jesus to sleep in the animal’s food trough is only the most well known of a number of questionable actions done by Mary. But let’s start with the most obvious question and let that lead us to the others. So…
Just who is really the father of Jesus, and what happened during those 3 months visiting her sister?
Insight and longevity.