Adam and Eve - Like babies off a cliff.

I wish I could remember where I found this lovely analogy;

This story is like setting your two little babies near the edge of a cliff, telling them “Don’t crawl off or you’ll die”, and then leaving them alone. After saying this you just watch, silent and out of sight, while one of your older and more knowledgeable children goads them into crawling off the edge of the cliff one at a time and falling to their deaths.

This would be an easy task since the babies couldn’t possibly understand the meaning of your words. Once they’ve both fallen, then you go down to see their shattered bodies on the rocks beneath and you say, “You stupid babies, I told you this would happen! Now that you finally understand what I already knew, I won’t let you live even though I could save you. In fact, I will make you suffer before I let you die. Better yet, I’ll make every living thing in the world suffer and die, and I’ll blame it all on you. Now go away.”

You create Adam, you create the Garden of Eden, and then you create 'the tree of knowledge of good and evil'. You stick the tree right in the middle of the garden, and then you tell naive Adam (who can not yet know the meaning of good and evil) not to eat from that one tree or he will die.

Ignoring the fact that Adam could not have comprehended death in this deathless world, and the fact that he could not have understood the 'evil' of disobeying your command, what possible reason could you have for putting this tree in the garden? It could have gone outside of the garden, and it would never be a problem, or it could simply not exist, but you chose to put it there.The only reasonable explanation for this is that you knew exactly what would happen, you intended Adam and Eve to eat the fruit, and you are as guilty of instigating this mess as a police officer entrapping a mentally challenged child. You knew what would happen, and you set up the circumstances to allow it to happen, and you never stepped in to prevent this outcome when the serpent tempted Eve.

Being omniscient and omnipresent you must have seen it, and being omnipotent you could have stopped it or at least reminded them not to eat the fruit, but you just sat there and watched them destroy the world with a bite of fruit. You didn’t stop Eve when she put the fruit to her lips, and you didn’t stop Adam when she offered it to him. You didn’t forgive them or repair the damage, you became afraid of them and you set us all on the endless trail of horrible suffering and death that still plagues the world to this day, just because you were angry and afraid. Not only did you punish the entire world forever for the mistakes of Adam and Eve, you set the whole thing up knowing exactly what would happen. If anyone is responsible for “the fall of man”, it is you.

Anon.

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Tags: adam, and, eden, eve, evil, suffering

Comment by Mario Rodgers on July 27, 2010 at 5:20pm
For an omnipotent being, God is quite the dumbass.
Comment by Mario Rodgers on July 27, 2010 at 5:21pm
If anyone is responsible for “the fall of man”, it is you.

Yes, God. Everything is YOUR FAULT! Ignoring for the moment he doesn't exist. Someone had to say it. And the Christians still don't understand this concept! They still choose to play the "pity us poor humans who deserve torment in everlasting fire" card! God is a bad father! What part of that concept is so hard to understand?!
Comment by Mario Rodgers on July 27, 2010 at 5:22pm
Oh man. Google search "God is a dumbass" and see what you come up with.
Comment by willailla on July 27, 2010 at 7:45pm
LXXXI
Oh, Thou who Man of baser Earth didst make,
And ev'n with Paradise devise the Snake:
For all the Sin wherewith the Face of Man
Is blacken'd--Man's forgiveness give--and take!

Khayyam
Comment by kelltrill on July 29, 2010 at 11:30am
Excellent analogy and so well-written and well thought out. Thanks so much for posting it!
Comment by Phil on July 29, 2010 at 12:06pm
Not mine I'm afraid. I just found it and passed it on.
Comment by wisp on July 30, 2010 at 3:51am
This has been one of my biggest problems with the Judeo-Christian mythos for quite some time.
Comment by Jason on August 6, 2010 at 7:12am
Did Adam and Eve have bellybuttons?

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