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Once upon a time a singular all-powerful being with male reproductive parts made the earth and the stars. This Supreme Being made humans. As any Bible-binger can recognize, the set-up is strikingly similar to the story of Adam and Eve. But guess what, the story of Inanna and Dumuzi. For if you reject the Adam and Eve tale as literal truth, you reject two central The only way to save the comity of science and religion is to assert, Israel (in the s, a century after after the traditional date for the Exodus).
But the flood is nowhere near as important in Christian theology as is the Adam and Eve tale. The only way to save the comity of science and religion is to assert, hypocritically, that Biblical literalists simply have the wrong faith. Second, it will force believers to choose one path or another: For even non-literalist but evangelical Christians, like Francis Collins, hold fast to the literal truth of the divinity and resurrection of Christ.
Why does that story bear more veracity than Adam and Eve? Few religious accommodationists, including those at BioLogos, have the stomach to dismiss the Adam and Eve story as complete fiction. Or there was some point in which God instilled a pair, or a small band of humans, with some inherent sinfulness.
As I always say and I want some credit for my quote! While we at BioLogos appreciate many aspects of the story, we need to make one all-important clarification: All science can say is that there was never a time when only two people existed on the earth: This subtle but extremely important point was missed entirely in the NPR story.
It is a consideration that we raise repeatedly at BioLogos. But i really dont believe that Adam and Eve had belly buttons Catalina, Santiago Chile In response to Chico, you can refute any evidence by stating that God made it that way to fool us, but a it's not a very good argument, and b do you want to believe in an alleged divine being that behaves that way? The redundancy of this navel must have been built into Adam and Eve as it is necessary for any offspring and could not have been used in their bodies.
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Therefore either the rest of mankind is not in god's image, or god created Adam and Eve knowing that they would have children and introducing the mechanism for that. Danny, Birmingham I think we should ask if Adam and Eve ever existed or not!! Miguel Costa, Macau china Human beings have navels.
If we are created in the image of Adam and Eve and if Adam and Eve were created in the image of the Lord which we're reliably informed that they were then this would suggest that God too had a navel which in turn would suggest that God had parents Did Adam and Eve have parents? Maybe they did, maybe the parents sought anonymity and never got a mention in the holy book. Or maybe God felt they were never worthy of a mention.
My hunch is that, being aware of this conundrum, God, Adam and Eve would have been equipped with "phantom" navels, serving no practical purpose, but entirely necessary for the future of the human race.Why the Adam & Eve story makes no damn sense!! The Emperor explains.
Lets run over this again. There is plenty of documentary evidence. The issue of contention since has been whether he was actually the son of God.
Plenty of people were serious followers of Jesus, and stories about him were written and combined with existing stories to create what we know as The Bible. It is a great poetic work, full of wonderful lessons and morals. Most of it Adam and Eve, the virgin birth, God's meteorological wrath is a little like children's stories, and really not to be taken literally.
If one considers it, The Bible is very Earth-centric, ie it assumes everything of importance takes place here. What about the other planets? One has to remember the type of people that wrote it and the scientific knowledge they had at the time. Anyone who takes The Bible literally is really headed for trouble, and probably will cause some trouble in their life because of this unreasonable and immature belief. A real divine being would laugh at all the nonsense talked about in their name. Be good to others, and then believe what you want.
But if you believe in Adam and Eve, for God's sake keep quiet about it. Jack Baber, Boston, England I believe they didn't, because they didnt have any umbilical cords, so there would be none. The concepts are not part of Rabbinic Judaism ,[ citation needed ] but they did influence Christian theology, and this marks a radical split between the two religions. Some of the oldest Jewish portions of apocrypha are called Primary Adam Literature where some works became Christianized.
Some modern scholars, such as James BarrMoshe Greenbergand Michael Fishbanesee the story of Adam and Eve as a representation of a rise to moral agency, at least as much as, if not more than the story of a fall from grace. Carol Meyers and Bruce Naidoff view the tale as an explanation of agricultural conditions in the highlands of Canaan. It was also recognized in ancient Judaismthat there are two distinct accounts for the creation of man.
The first account says "male and female [God] created them", implying simultaneous creation, whereas the second account states that God created Eve subsequent to the creation of Adam.
Other rabbis suggested that Eve and the woman of the first account were two separate individuals, the first being identified as Lilitha figure elsewhere described as a night demon.
He points out that "nefesh" signifies something like the English word "being", in the sense of a corporeal body capable of life; the concept of a " soul " in the modern sense, did not exist in Hebrew thought until around the 2nd century B. Fall of man and Original sin Some early fathers of the Christian church held Eve responsible for the Fall of man and all subsequent women to be the first sinners because Eve tempted Adam to commit the taboo.
Medieval Christian art often depicted the Edenic Serpent as a woman often identified as Liliththus both emphasizing the serpent's seductiveness as well as its relationship to Eve. Several early Church Fathersincluding Clement of Alexandria and Eusebius of Caesareainterpreted the Hebrew "Heva" as not only the name of Eve, but in its aspirated form as "female serpent.
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St Augustine of Hippo —working with a Latin translation of the Epistle to the Romansinterpreted the Apostle Paul as having said that Adam's sin was hereditary: This doctrine became a cornerstone of Western Christian theological tradition, however, not shared by Judaism or the Orthodox churches.
Over the centuries, a system of unique Christian beliefs had developed from these doctrines. Baptism became understood as a washing away of the stain of hereditary sin in many churches, although its original symbolism was apparently rebirth. Additionally, the serpent that tempted Eve was interpreted to have been Satanor that Satan was using a serpent as a mouthpiecealthough there is no mention of this identification in the Torah and it is not held in Judaism. Conservative Protestants typically interpret Genesis 3 as defining humanity's original parents as Adam and Eve who disobeyed God's prime directive that they were not to eat "the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil" NIV.
When they disobeyed, they committed a major transgression against God and were immediately punished, which led to " the fall " of humanity. Thus, sin and death entered the universe for the first time. Adam and Eve were ejected from the Garden of Eden, never to return. The creation of Adam as Protoanthroposthe original man, is the focal concept of these writings.
Another Gnostic tradition held that Adam and Eve were created to help defeat Satan.
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The serpent, instead of being identified with Satan, is seen as a hero by the Ophites. Still other Gnostics believed that Satan's fall, however, came after the creation of humanity. As in Islamic tradition, this story says that Satan refused to bow to Adam due to pride.