The Eden Story
Before we take up subject we should look at the creation
of Adam. Adam was created and placed
inside the Garden of Eden, the Garden of God the Father. Adam was the Son of God. When he ate of the
tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil at the advise
of the Serpent a clever animal, Adam and Eve were fixed with the Selfish
motives (the yetser ha Ra usually translated as
tendency for evil) without balancing it with the service motive (the yetser ha Tov usually
translated as tendency for good). These translations are misleading since
for a good life one should have a balanced self assertion and a service
mentality. With the assertion of
self alone Adam and Eve have turned themselves into demons taking advantage
of every situation of anything and everyone within their association which
would simply create and evil society which exploit one by the other. In
contrast we see in God a balance.
The first appearance of YHVH to Moses was "I am,
that I am" an assertion of self. This in association with Love turns
itself to servanthood, In the incarnation of the Son of
God as a man, he came as a servant and gave himself even unto death in that
service for humans.
If Adam and Eve then ate of the tree of Life, he would
have lived ages after ages as demons. The usual presentation of the
evangelists is that God was so angry that they were thrown out of the
campus of God so that they may die. This is the angry God interpretation.
In this case Adam was a slave who was to be working in His garden tilling
and keeping. God would have considered driving him out as a good riddance
and the death of Adam and family would have been welcome for the cosmos.
Many evangelicals still think of the situation as a
master-slave relation. It is true
that was the understanding of the Jews.
Here is a quote I found in the internet: "But there is no such
thing as freedom. We are all slaves, either to Christ or to
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand
firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of
However the true story that is forgotten or kept secret
is that Adam was God's son through the Holy Spirit which produced
Adam. So the relationship is as
Father to Son. It was Jesus who finally brought out the relationship of man
to God as Son and Father. He taught
mankind to pray "Our Father, who art in heaven" It was Luke who tracing the
lineage of Jesus ends up stating " …Adam, son of God" Luke
3:38. If you miss that point and
look at it as a relationship of the King to Servants or as Landlord to the
serfs then the explanation would come out wrong. The driving out of the Eden was not
because God was angry or as a punishment, but because God so loved Adam and
Eve that he did not want them to remain as demons eternally with a long long life. He
did not even want them to be like Angels who is now full
fledged servants of the God family.
There are others even before the creation of earth who became Sons
of God with a balanced knowledge able to distinguish between right and
wrong. They live with God and rejoice in all His creation. They formed the Elohim along with YHVH their Father. All sons of God
were created with total freedom of choice and will in all matters like
God's begotten Son. While the
begotten Son shares in the essence of God itself and form part of the
Trinity family, the others are part of emanations - the wider family of
God. This gave them much more
freedom of choice that at any point they can will something that is not in
consonance with the character and will of the God Essence Family. Thus we
see that even the Sons of God committed sexual sin with Adamic
daughters and fell from their position and is now kept in darkness awaiting
That should give you some background information of God and Cosmos
which is in consonance with the Theology of the Eastern Churches.
So God drove them
out of the garden and granted them God's one day to live (which was a 1000
years) until he can be redeemed. On
the second day God walked out and saw that the whole earth was filled with
humans and even their thoughts and imaginations were evil. So he destroyed all mankind and saved
only four pairs - Noah and his three children with their wives. Then God reduced their life time to one
tenth of a day to around 100 years. So we see no redemption or even hope of
getting back to Eden until the coming of the Messiah. Again notice that the aim as far as Adam
and Eve and his early children were concerned, they just wanted to get back
to the Garden of Eden. Was that not
heaven for Adam and Eve? Every day
they went on a walk with their Dad through the Garden. Here we have the
first concept of Heaven.- Gan
There is another concept which is equally valid is that
Eden was indeed a purgatory where the creatures were made perfect after
their creation and then allowed to enter into heaven. They could not live eternally nor
die. They were given an opportunity
to become immortal through the eating of the fruit of the tree of
life. When they failed in this
purgatorial process they were sent out into another dimension of purgatory
with severe perfection process and possible redemption since Adam and Eve
became demonic by fixing their sinful egoistic nature..
In this thought pattern, the earth and its society were created by the Adamic generation.
It is a state and place where pain and sufferings are created by the
power of members of the Adam family themselves. Adain
in Christ they are given the opportunity to eat of the fruit of the tree of
life. I have not seen any
development of doctrines in this direction.
The general presentation is that Adam and Eve were babies who were
being disciplined by the Father till they were adult to become Children of
God with all divine right taking their place in Elohim.
In a sense all life is a process of growth.
What happened when they were thrown out of Eden. There were
a group of early beings - vegetables, water creatures, flying air
creatures, animals and humans. They
were subject to death after certain period.
The whole creation outside of Eden was subject to
decay and death and were under strict physical laws leaving very
little to uncertainty. This was
indeed Hell but they called it the wide world. Into this came Adam family thrown out
from their heaven - Gan Eden- and their God
struggle along with other beings and find their destinies, subject to death
with an age limit of 1000 years ( a day of the Lord). Others on earth had length of life limits
less than a 100 years according to our scientists
according to the fossil data. If we are to believe the Jewish authorities
since Adam and Eve were living inside the garden of Eden with vegetable
food which nourished them well to the extent that there was even a tree the
fruit of which was considered to give immortality. Adam and Eve were giants in size also
with excellent health. The height of
Adam was estimated as 60 cubits. Much more than any giants in
history. The food outside Eden was
not good enough to maintain the height and size that they gradually
decreased in their size in height and weight and as the history opens after
the flood they were of normal human size equivalent to those living in the
outside world - the sons of men.
But God did not leave them there and send them there
only to die. The life time before dying was just a day of the Lord. After all God was the father he had plans
to get back Adamic humans fully redeemed back
into Gan Eden to be with Him. He loved them and love required them to
die instead of living eternally in selfish, self centered world they
created. A society based only
selfishness is hell indeed. That is
what Adam generated throughout generations. But God had his plan of of bringing them back to Gan
Eden which was planned before the creation of the world - Plan B. How to bring Sons and Daughters back
home without violating their freedom? This involved death and something
after the death.
The propensity for self preservation as expressed in the
eating of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil to grow fast and
become like father God remained with them. This is what came to be known as
the original sin which obviously were transmitted
to all descendants of Adam and Eve through genetic DNA. They were avid
gatherers of knowledge - arts and science.
And that is still with the children of Adam. They strongly expressed
their self existence and the 'I am' without the servant hood aspect.
Evidently the Kingdom of God is here on earth. There have never been
the concept of a life after death and return of the dead until late
in the history of Israel.
This is not the redemption of Adam
This is only election. God's process
What action did God make and what was the process of
redemption until Jesus?.
First we see an election of Abraham so that through him all the families of
the earth was to be brought back to God.
Genesis 22:16 and said, "By Myself I have sworn,
declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and have not withheld
your son, your only son, 17indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will
greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand
which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their
enemies. 18"In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be
blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
Adam was sent out to die in the open earth out of Eden
because he disobeyed God's command and now Abraham obeyed and that was the
beginning of a possible solution to be started.Start
Here God selects one person and a nation so that God could bring the
redemption of mankind through them.
The process was, God himself to incarnate as man to bring gospel of
salvation for all humans who lived in the past, living in the present and
will live in future until all are reached.
Until that time God's redemption and its process will go on. The choice of Abraham was the initiation
of the process.
This was the role of Israel. However, they wanted all the benefits of
the election - all the special privileges but was
disinclined to serve and bring all mankind back to God. One solid example
is when Jonah refused to go and preach repentance to a gentile nation
Now all these are in the subconscious of every human in
their collective consciousness and they constructed their models of heaven
The only model of Heaven was the Garden of Eden. The only model of hell was the world
outside of Eden into which Adam and Eve were to live awaiting
redemption. Thus both heaven and
hell are on the earth. The only hope
of getting back into heaven was through death according to some plan of
God, the details of which are not given to us in the Old Testament time nor
in New Testament time in detail..
Judaism eventually offered a range of views on the
afterlife essentially based of Eden and the wide world as you can see
through the description of heaven and hell which we now take up.
What exactly was the role of the death in this
redemptive process? There are some
who believe that death in the universe and on earth was introduced only
after the fall of Adam. The Universe was created within God as an
independent organism - it would imply that God has allowed freewill or
freedom of action based on fixed physical and spiritual laws to the
universe. This is also true about
every organic beings and units within the universe. As long as they connect willingly to the
ultimate source of life and energy death will not be for them. But freedom an independence means
ultimate death because these create an isolated system. Isolated systems are subject to the law
of decay and death. This is
essentially the law of entropy.
Death was indeed in existence outside of Eden. That is why Adam and Eve were sent
The high energy source of life is still in the Eden and
especially on the Tree of life. That
is still a gated community, entrance to which is conditional. What was the
process of redemption for Adam and Eve and their children - the Adamic race - who were thrown out in to the world
outside of Eden with a fixed tendency for evil - the yetser
ha Ra? Were they given the power to overcome that with their own freedom
during the day of their life time or were they to find it beyond death.
Judaism had no solution for it when and how they could
return to the Garden of Eden. Their
theology was only for this life outside of Eden, before death, here and now
in this age. At least it was so
until their captivity and return. It was only during the time of the
Prophets the thought of a life beyond the grave, the resurrection back with
their own physical body and the grant of the entry into the Garden of Eden
or Paradise came into focus. Even
then it was limited only to a limited few to enter the Paradise based on
their own ability to choose righteousness.
Karma was the only way. What
happened to the other children of Adam who failed in their Karma to keep
the law of God remained an unanswered question. Three solutions were
(1) leave them eternally in the prison under
(2) annihilation (destruction) and
(3) recycling of life to reincarnation giving addition lifetime. This
recycling need not necessarily to bring the life back to earth since there
are an infinite worlds of existence, which God has
created. It is better to call it
"born again" rather than reincarnation which has already attained
its meaning in terms of the Indian religions.
This world is a Purgatory. We are just passing through.
You have a chance to be transformed in to the image of His Son now here.
The problem with the Judaic solution was that the sinful
children of Adam have no help or method of overcoming their ego and sinful
nature. This was the purpose of the
entry of God into history in incarnation.
Jesus the Son of God entered into human form to pay for the sins of
the Adamic race and to give them freedom from sin
and the freedom of choice. Again the it left no detailed account of how the mankind as a
whole could be bought back from the slavery of sin and what happened to
those who failed to get the release on their free choice. After death what happened to those who
failed in their life time to choose right, still remained a problem. But what the New Testament proclaims is
that the cross reaches far beyond the material earthly life. The Love of God reaches out beyond this