The Title of this article is all about a person’s inherent reaction to almost anything which is foreign or deigned to be foreign. EG, if I had titled this article “Adam and Eve, the Real Story”, it would quite likely be off-putting to many before they actually read past the first paragraph. It goes without saying that were it not for being exposed to different ideas in school, a part of our formative upbringing, most of us would recoil at others ideas or ways of doing certain, shall I say, unpleasant things such as war or dirty jobs. Though it sounds like a real “duh” moment it is something that many of us take for granted: recoil before understanding.
It is with this premise that I introduce, drumroll, please: Adam and Eve. I know, I know, you are thinking that I set you up. Well, not really. I want to “expose” you to a different take on the oldest story known to mankind. I want to explore with you my “genesis” of thought about Adam and Eve since I was but a wee toddler. (You can take the “wee” part any way you like. Consider my emphasis on being quite small, OK?)
I learned about the first “parents somewhere which I cannot remember. It certainly wasn’t in my home because we were Catholic and the church said the Bible was too tough for us to understand. That most likely moves us up in age to catechism which I started in either Kindergarten or 1st grade. No matter as this is an uncertain time-line at best.
I got the usual A and E treatment about the Garden of Eden and the devil and the forbidden fruit and the snake and Bob the grocer who lived one garden over on the good side of Eden. (Now, before I go too far astray of the content of this article I should mention that, right next to Bob’s grocery was the Babel hair salon where people got together [after shopping at Bob’s store] and gossiped which made the owner of Babel’s hair salon quite rich and this is why she decided to expand with a couple of extra stories added to make the salon a landmark and God didn’t want senior ladies with blue hair that close to Heaven so he made everyone garble their language which lead to where we are now. But, I digress.)
It is up to you to decide if the possibility of God creating one man and one woman, from the rib of the one man, which was the beginning of the human race is accurate. I tend to think that it is but my reasoning for that is for another article which I will post on Enictu which is my other website that deals with the Bible as I see it. For those who think that I blaspheme by adding humor to an ancient Bible story I can only say that it is difficult enough to deal with today’s garbage without smiling and adding some fun. Besides, I think God knows me better than you do and He will be my judge, thank goodness; not you.
For the sake of argument, though, let’s just for a moment, take this story, as written, for truth. Is that too much too ask? I mentioned recoil and I am sure that recoil is what some of you have done with the pat response, “Here he goes again and the Bible is trash and so is he.” I get that all the time. I am used to it and it only let’s me know how far from reality this world can take people who are tied through their navels to this world. In order to make this more accurate I am adding this portion of the Book of Genesis to better capture the context of what I am writing. –
 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.
 And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
And God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
 And God made the firmament and separated the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so.
 And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.
 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
 And God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth.” And it was so.
 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years,
 and let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.
 And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also.
 And God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth,
 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
 And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens.”
See what I mean. One can talk about the Bible but you really had to be there. I am only posting this incomplete account because I am hoping it might interest you enough that your original recoil might be partially assuaged by actually seeing a portion of God’s word as written in English.
I speak of recoil because this is what people do and this is a natural phenomenon. It is part of human nature and is also the more animalistic portion of human nature. Volumes and Tomes have been written about human nature and it has been broken down into social science under the headings of “Sociology” and “Psychiatry.” Now, human science is interesting but most do not realize that the Bible is the final answer to human nature. In essence, human nature and its tendencies is exactly what the Bible is telling us, no, shouting at us to understand and to be aware of.
Under the mantle of imperfection lies human nature. It is the vocalization of our imperfection. It is also the reason that the Bible says “Judgement is mine sayeth God.” And, it is. In recent decades the labeling of people using sociological terms has become a method of using social science against the population. It is the “judging” of people by others who have no right to judge. The Bible is rife with warnings about people doing this but it is also true that this is the reason the Bible is so put down by so many people throughout history. They are who it speaks of in great detail and they are the ones who have (had) the most to lose.
So, I thought I would leave you with this to mull over. It is fresh and hot off the press this 5th day of March in 2017 and I hope that you see where I come from. I have studied the social sciences and been quite troubled that a group of people who call others names are acting like what they are accusing others of. The truth will out. One is known by his or her actions and not by their words. I try not to be that way.