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Whereas, prior to this incident Adam and Eve were innocent and experientially connected with the divine, after it they perceive themselves as separate and as ‘qualities’— an abstraction heretofore impossible. Adam hides from God due to his awareness that he ‘is naked’. This is a way of dividing himself into qualities, those which might be judged as laudable, and those which are not. This division ignores the whole, and denies that he is ‘made in the image of the unityBeing’ — in both form and function (we should note, however that his physical form is an analogous (or metaphoric) likeness rather than a replica).

He says (in the English translations) that he is afraid, ‘because’ he was naked. This is the third instance of the English term ‘because’ in the Bible, but the first instance of it being spoken by a human being — and I believe this to be significant. In common usage, the word ‘because’ is an often spurious way of referring to causes — and is probably the only word in the English language to possess the dubious distinction of most often preceding lies, rationalizations, and excuses. Yet Adam is not merely frightened ‘because he was naked’ — he is frightened by the incredible and irreversible changes in his relational experience and perspective, and, perhaps, by his awareness of guilt for disregarding the unityBeing’s prior admonitions against contact with the Tree of Knowledge. He seems to be expecting repercussions.

I believe that t he terrible affliction Adam and Eve acquired at the Tree must be later reflected in the birth of their sons, which follows directly on the heels of the Tree Incident and their subsequent ejection from Eden. This ‘new way of knowing’ destroyed their ability to see and experience divine unity, inwardly breaking them into ever smaller and more distinct ‘qualities and definitions’ — a circumstance which may have been sufficient to effect their ‘banishment’ from Eden. The parental generosity of the unityBeing in assuming the responsibility for their banishment from Eden is easily overlooked. By taking the responsibility for their banishment, God provides them with a comfort they otherwise may not have known, and relives them (to some degree) of the onus of self-inflicted confusion and terror they were experiencing as the result of what they acquired at the Tree. Here, the word terror itself is telling: ‘t(ree)-error’, at once recalling the error of the Tree, and the explosive emotional feedback (many branchings (divisions) occurring with great speed) which humans experience as fear.

By framing this as ‘punishment’ or retribution, the unityBeing is actually assisting them in resolving their own (possibly hyperbolic) feelings of guilt and loss. We too easily neglect to notice that the unityBeing is dealing with his own children, who are (to the divine perspective) like infants — not ‘adults’. Their errors and successes are not cause for damnation, but in fact the natural process of their learning themselves in a new dimension; that of material existence. From God’s perspective, it is extremely unlikely that the term ‘adult’ means anything other than a strange way of lying about children. To the unityBeing there is no such thing as an adult — all beings are children, and regardless of the changes in their physiology, they remain children throughout their lifetimes. God is not looking for a reason to punish or exile his own children; fundamentally, akin to most parents, he adores them. He is ‘all for the children’ — every possible form of child — and in order to understand these matters more clearly we must be willing to adopt this perspective ourselves.

Exerpt from a larger text by Organelle See link

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I have been learning so much from a Jewish Rabbi named David Fohrman.
This is his site. I have started with his Genesis Lectures.

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I have watched this presentation 3 times…with ben, my mother-in-law and by myself. It’s findings are amzing to me and completely relevant to today’s culture. The words of Jesus rang in my ears as I listened each time, “That they may know that they are ONE.”

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