Humanity Resists Temptation
by Jeff Provine
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November 11th 4004 B.C.,
Humanity Resists Temptation. On this day, as calculated by our brother
James Ussher and remembered by Mother Eve, she was walking in The Garden
when approached by a serpent, that crafty foe.
The world was still young, having only been finished that October, and
there were but two humans in all of Creation, Eve and our slightly older
Father, Adam, from whose rib Eve, and thereby all of us, came. She
meandered by the feared Tree of Knowledge that has long been buried under
concrete and steel.
to comment on Reddit.Before its protection, however, the tree was
open to be seen and its fruit could be picked with mere fingertips. The
serpent asked, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of
Eve replied, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the
fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You
shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
The serpent scoffed and said, "You will not surely die. For God knows
that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be
like God, knowing good and evil".
After a moment of temptation, Eve resisted and ran screaming through the
Garden, crying out for God. Upon hearing His voice asking after the
matter, Eve explained she had been tempted. God found the spirit of
Lucifer, that most rebellious angel cast out of Heaven, in the beast, and
both were cast into the Pit. Since that day, we humans have always fought
the temptation of the Tree, leading to its burial in the ongoing Babel
project, putting it under a foundation someday as high as Heaven. Until
the end of time, we will drive it deeper and deeper, away from our hand so
that we will never know what it is to "die".
In the six thousand years since, humanity has grown and achieved feats
applauded by the angels such as building cities and exploring to every
corner of the Earth. As far as we have gone, all of us consider The Garden
our home, and many continue to sleep under its boughs. We have even
"created" on our own, making art and music and telling tales of fanciful
things, such as if the morning dew were so heavy it fell from the sky in
waves of drops or if we could fly like angels.
Meanwhile, Heaven has been quiet other than a second rebellion by angels
suffering something known as "boredom," perhaps a thing akin to the
arrogance of the first rebellion. The Word, which was in the beginning
being with God and being God, also seemed at a loss, as if He were meant
for more. Still, He was known to approach Earth and share fellowship with
us. Most dramatically, some 2000 years ago, the Word became man by virgin
birth and ruled as king. While a significant entry, most agree we would
have accepted Him in any case, but who are we to question God's Plan?
says in reality Eve and Adam ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge
of Good and Evil. Sin came into the world, as did death and the punishments
of toil, birth pains, and serpents crawling on their bellies. The Word,
Jesus, also came into the world and served as the sacrifice for redemption,
allowing us to return to Paradise if only we accept such grace. But, humans
have Free Will, and we may choose as we feel best. To view guest historian's
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