4 Answers

  1. God, discussing this problem, explains everything:”22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the Man has become as one of us, knowing good and evil; and now lest he stretch out his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.”

    Man, being a creature and not a Creator, is by definition imperfect. From the very beginning, he took advantage of the knowledge of good and evil foolishly-the establishment of a standard of etiquette “it is indecent to walk naked”.7 And the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. The descendants of Adam and Eve, starting with Cain and beyond, have already made such a mess everywhere that we still unravel (and participate). �

    In short, an imperfect creation, man, knowing good and evil, can easily choose evil. Now imagine what it would be like if a person remained in paradise and ate the fruits of the tree of life, that is, to live forever? At best, it would be something like Olympus, where the gods constantly plot against each other, rape, torture, etc.�

    In general, no, thank you.

  2. Paradise. Why is stealing one apple such a cruel punishment?

    You have completely misunderstood the meaning of what happened in Paradise – there it is not a matter of theft, but of unbelief in God , of yielding to temptation, and most importantly: with the eating of the forbidden fruit, a person has become a stranger to God. That is why man was banished from paradise and found such a bitter, problematic life as a consequence and as a redemption, an experience and a lesson.

  3. You read this myth literally: “the apple was stolen”, “God punished”. After all, the meaning of this episode is not in the literal nature of what is happening. You can leave out the characters and circumstances and get the bottom line of the myth of gaining intelligence. That, they say, a person became himself only after receiving intelligence–something divine that brought him closer to the Creator. Reason is not the personification of vice, but of the fact that We (people) now understand all the imperfections of the world. We understand that life is filled with suffering (especially in the times when these myths were formed). In addition, in those moral guidelines, trying to “become God” is not good. So this is why the Bible has such a negative connotation of this act. Well, yes, the next step in the elevation of man is immortality (fruits of the Tree of Life). God was preemptive.

  4. The essence of being exiled from paradise is not that they ate an apple. The bottom line is that they succumbed to their inner vice and took on their own sin.

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