Gender of God, Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and Mary
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The primitive idea of the primordial man was a natural projection of his anthropological mind. Without a Divine insight he quite naturally ascribed nature as a birthing mother-goddess. Imagine the story of Genesis originates with the first 'eve' and birthing the second 'adam' as her mate. This 'incestuous' relationship would be untenable in light of the divine revelation that God is Love, which in essence is the perfect familial relationship of three different Divine Persons. So Genesis is a Divine revelation unique to all other natural religious beliefs.
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(09-13-2009, 12:37 AM)iggyting Wrote: The primitive idea of the primordial man was a natural projection of his anthropological mind. Without a Divine insight he quite naturally ascribed nature as a birthing mother-goddess. Imagine the story of Genesis originates with the first 'eve' and birthing the second 'adam' as her mate. This 'incestuous' relationship would be untenable in light of the divine revelation that God is Love, which in essence is the perfect familial relationship of three different Divine Persons. So Genesis is a Divine revelation unique to all other natural religious beliefs.

At the same time we can’t ignore these common threads that run through all of mankind. It is “natural” that there is a created *spark* in all of us, by virtue of man being made in God’s image and in that we all come from one set of parents (Adam and Eve).

Divine Revelation was there in the Garden of Eden, but it was only a seedling. The fall of our first parents stunted its growth. It did not start coming into its fullness until God revealed himself to Abraham, and it culminated in the appearance and Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Seeing as all of mankind comes from the same parents, the offspring are going to take something of the original story with them. You can see bits and pieces of Genesis in other cultures and religions – and the instinctive need of humans to reconcile ourselves to the Divine. It’s just that the ancient Hebrews brought us closer to the Truth, while the other cultures departed further and further away from it.     

- Lisa
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#23
Agreed Lisa. I was trying to point out the order is Adam preceding Eve (from the bone of Adam) which is quite unique to the Biblical account of creation from the rest. It images the 'Father begetting the Son'.
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#24
I see what you're saying now.. and I agree with you there.
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