Edengate – did God overreact?

Edengate - Did God Overreact?

Should they have got off with a warning?

BBC Radio 4 and World Service are now broadcasting a lot of Christians singing in Church and a vicar reciting bits of The Bible. To give us a sort of festive feel I expect.

However, rather than selecting the story of the birth of Jesus which one might think appropriate for the time of year the vicar has told us of Adam and Eve. I quote from the good book (for those that came in late, God said don’t east the fruit, a snake told Eve she could eat it so she did, Eve then told Adam to eat and so he did. God has now discovered that they have been eating his magic fruit)

3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.

3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

The vicar finished off with “Praise be to God”.

Praise be indeed. How very festive. Personally I think that God overreacted. If he’d asked me I would have advised him to give them a warning and move the fruit trees away so that they couldn’t be tempted again. Or take it away completely. Put it somewhere else. On Jupiter maybe. That’s how I would have designed the universe. Put all the things that you don’t want near each other a long way away from each other so to speak.

Better still, if he’d used a bit of psychology he could have given them all some kind of magic temporary illness and then said: “Ha! Ha! I warned you? But oh no, you’d rather listen to snakes than the Lord thy God. Now look at you.”

I guess he would have had to reverse the effects of the magic fruit too but….Oh, well…obviously I’d need more detailed information to say exactly what God should have done in the circumstances and he didn’t ask me anyway but I still think he overreacted.

Snake Eve Adam General Comments
Cursed above all cattle Y


Bad
Cursed above every beast of field Y


Bad
Forced to move on belly Y


Bad
Eat dust all  days of life Y


Bad
Snake / Woman Enmity Y Y

Inconvenient
Snake seed / woman seed enmity Y Y

Inconvenient
Bruised head Y


Bad
Sorrow & conception multiplied
Y

Bad
Children brought fourth in sorrow
Y

Bad
Desire husband
Y

Personal preference
Ruled over by husband
Y

Bad
Not eat of it (the tree of knowledge)

Y
This is odd as they were not allowed to do this anyway and now it only applies to Adam.
Ground cursed

Y Y Bad
All eating in sorrow

Y
Bad
Land to bring fourth thorns & thistles

Y Y Bad
Eat herbs

Y
Good
East bread in sweat of face

Y
Bad
Mortality

Y
Bad
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3 thoughts on “Edengate – did God overreact?

  1. yes he certainly was a drama queen.

    However in terms of fairness at the hand of God the snake and Adam appear to have got off lightly.

  2. My initial reaction Frogmella, was to agree with you because of the bringing fourth children in sorrow but I’ve now done an analysis and it seems that the man comes out worst as one of his punishments was mortality which was not specified for anyone else.

    However, I don’t think that the punishments were arbitrary, cruel and unusual. Eating bread in the sweat of one’s face for example is an obvious candidate to be struck down by the European Court of Human rights which is probably why we don’t see to many men doing it these days.

  3. Fantastic analysis !. I applaud your enthusiasm to make your point but feel you have given Adam a double dunt. The cursed ground and thistles and thorns are one in the same I would think.
    I imagine God was feeling pretty emotional and there was a lot of histrionic behavior going on so I think he was probably trying to be firm with them but running out of steam. I imagine it’s pretty exhausting being a punitive deity.
    The bread and sweat, well, there are some pretty dodgy eating habits out there and don’t believe this is a huge burden for men to bear.
    Anyway the bread will soak up the sweat.

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