I had an epiphany - or I was just dense and failed to realize this....

I have been sick recently, and during my sickening stupor I was thinking about Adam and Eve (and even the myth of Lilith being before Eve, and an equal to Adam), and the "Tree of Knowledge". You know, just going over the stories in my head, and thinking about the whole "original sin" stuff - and then it hit me, like a bolt of lightning (ok, maybe not that dramatic, but you get the idea).

God told Adam, and Adam told Eve, not to partake of the Tree of Knowledge; and if they did, they would not be immortal, and would have to "work the earth" to grow food, and would be cast from Eden.

So, basically God was saying that KNOWLEDGE IS EVIL. Being intelligent and informed is a "sin". Simply put, "ignorance is bliss".

There it is, right there in the first (two) books of God's Word. Knowledge is evil. Being smart is evil. You need to be an ignorant, pliant, sheepish fuck to have god bestow blessings on you. Get too smart, and God gets pissed, and casts you out of paradise.

So, God hates an informed populace. God hates smart people.

Glad he's a myth, or we'd all be fucked.

(BTW, is this like a "duh!" thing, and I just failed to make the connection? Or have I maybe thought about this in a different way? Just curious...)

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Tags: Adam_and_Eve, Genesis, Original_Sin, Tree_of_Knowledge

Comment by James on April 24, 2009 at 1:48pm
Also, lets not forget that the English translation of 'demon' comes from the word 'daemon', meaning "those who seek knowledge".

AS we all know, religion portrays demons as evil as well.
Comment by Johnny on April 24, 2009 at 2:05pm
Not only does it imply that knowledge is evil. But also that reasoning, curiosity, and choice are also (just to name a few). If they didn't have "knowledge of good and evil" how could they understand it to be wrong? They couldn't reason that it was right or wrong to eat from the tree; god just said they shouldn't, but didn't provide them with an understandable reason. So they got curious and made a choice (even though they had no way of understanding the consequences of their choice).

Apparently blind faith and blind obedience are the only ways to be good. So why didn't god just make robots?
Comment by Dave G on April 24, 2009 at 3:27pm
As Martin Luther so adamantly proclaimed 'Reason is the greatest enemy faith has.'

Religion does oppose knowledge, for fear that it might weaken its hold.
Comment by Cara Coleen on April 24, 2009 at 4:23pm
Yeah... I had that epiphany, too. Sucks for people that believe it.
Comment by Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) on April 25, 2009 at 12:19pm
Cara - what do you mean by "sucks for people that believe it"? Do you mean that it sucks for those of us who think that the "god inventors" implied that Knowledge == Evil, and to avoid it? Or do you mean it sucks for those who actually believe in the Bible and the powerful god-daddy, because their deity has told them to not seek knowledge - as, like, the FIRST LESSON in the friggin' Bible?

Just confused!! ;)

--Rocky, aka LotusGeek

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