Saturday, February 7, 2009
Seeking a divine knowledge and the truth.
I think that the main reason many people fall away from a belief in G-d is because of how he is depicted in the story of Genesis, and other places in the Bible. There is very much in this story that is confusing and upsetting to all people. The idea that G-d would create us and then tempt us with a Tree of Knowledge and then banish us from paradise is very upsetting. How is this Love ? I think the problem with the story is in how we read it. If the term “Fall of Man” is taken as the creation of our souls in our bodies at birth the story is a metaphor for how man’s divine spirit is formed in our bodies when we are born. If the Garden of Eden is here on earth -where is it ? I think the entire story takes place before we arrive here on earth. It teaches of the necessity of our birth and the need to acquire knowledge. The serpent is our instinct to learn about good and evil. Who made the serpent into satan ? “Nachash”also means “shiney one” in hebrew. In all other cultures save Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the serpent is a divine being that teaches mankind about resurrection. The Serpent is a symbol of rebirth, and new life (shedding of our skin) Our earthly body. Look up ” Hindu and Buddhist Nagas” on Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nāga
Also the Mayan Quetzalcoatl is often referred to as The Feathered Serpent and was connected to the planet Venus. He was also the patron god of the Aztec priesthood, of learning and knowledge” The Egyptian “Atum” is also a Serpent God, that symbolized resurrection. The bible and all these stories give us symbols and signs of what we can become - if we seek a “divine knowldege”