The Knowledge of Good and Evil

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The tree of knowledge of good and evil

Many argue that Old and New Testament stories are just a collection of parables and old folklore stories and there is no actual truth to it. However, when looking more closely, these stories can actually carry concealed messages and keys to an understanding secrets of the Universe. Many of the stories are hard to grasp, especially when they are translated many times from Hebrew and Aramaic and may become distorted due to mistranslation. However, when paying careful attention to the main point and certain clues, the Bible gives us a solution to a bigger puzzle in the understanding life and creation in general.

Even though in the past, almost everything was written by people with a certain primitive knowledge of basic things,  they were aware of the fact that Creator of the Universe is an omnipresent, all-knowing supreme being that has all of the divine power over His own creation.

During ancient times, it was a common practice for high priests to set up their own rules and to favor one religious group over the other. In addition to the basic moral rules, they created their own rules and laws to serve their own agenda in politics and rulership. In these days, the method of punishment, for example, used to be more severe when they could execute a person simply because he was a thief or to punish those who didn’t follow the rules settled by the high priests. Many Old Testament stories are written in such a manner that everything all God does is curses and punishes humans for committing sins, making Him look like some cosmic ogre.

As we know, God created certain laws to govern the Universe in addition to the 10 commandments that we have. The Universal Laws or Principles by which everything in the Universe is managed and exists to bring order and harmony into its mechanism of creation and to govern its existence.
The human-created customs and rituals that served a political or religious agenda for a rulership had nothing to do with the 10 Commandments or Laws of the Universe, where according to which everything functions in perfect order.

In the Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden, Edem, Apple, Forbidden Fruit

Similar to the 10 Commandments (known as the Decalogue) that were given to people at Mount Sinai to keep their moral behavior under control, the Laws of the Universe were set to keep everything else in cosmic realms in order. One of the well-known laws is ”Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause." In accordance with this law, every effect that is seen in outside of our physical world has a very specific cause, which has its origin in someone’s inner or mental world. Every thought, word or action sets a specific effect in motion which will come to materialize over time. If someone wants to become a master of his or her destiny, they should master their mind because nothing occurs by chance or luck.

Nowadays many wonder why God didn’t protect his creation in the beginning in order to avoid situations of confusion, sin, and punishment. All intelligent beings are entitled to have Free Will because for the Creator, having creatures that serve you as robots with no other option does not satisfy an intrinsic need to be honored.

In Genesis, for example, there is a description of the story of Adam, Eve and their children, where the pattern of the Law of Cause and Effect takes place. In the Garden of Eden, God created the first humans and instructed them to touch everything except the Tree of Knowledge. Since Adam and Eve had free will, they could choose to break or not to break the given commandment. At the point of disobedience (the fall), the man moved away from the Creator’s standards of truth in order to substitute his own standards. Adam’s willful disobedience resulted in losing paradise and introduced pain, suffering, and death.

We know that life began at least 3.5 billion years ago because that is the age of the oldest rocks with fossil evidence of life on earth. But this is by far the only evidence we have regarding the life of the planet. Many think that Serpent, a famous creature mentioned in various ancient texts, was just an imaginary character, but we have no evidence of what creation looked like a billion years ago.

According to the genesis, for example, Serpent was a creature with legs and ability to reproduce its own offsprings that eventually would have an enmity with woman’s offsprings (Genesis 3:15). Even though, we now can confirm what dinosaurs (such as Alectrosaurus) looked like based on a digital modeling and fossil evidence. Fossils readily identifiable as snakes (though often retaining hind limbs) first appeared in the fossil record during the Cretaceous Period. There are also various records of reptilian humanoid cryptids as well as alligator cryptids.

The Tree of Knowledge

The Bible gives us very limited information on what the “Tree of Knowledge” was. The Book of Enoch, for example, adds more clarification about the Genesis story and describe this tree as “a beautiful and fragrant tree that no physical being had authority to touch until the day of the great Judgement Day” (Book of Enoch 25.4). These fruits were designed “to give a life to the chosen after the Judgement Day to live eternal life”.

According to the Genesis 3, it is obvious that God’s intention wasn’t to destroy any of His disobedient creations, but instead, He put them on trial and questioned them about why they did what they did. When proved to be guilty, God proclaimed a verdict of their future life where He described what was going to happen to them.

So the question is, why didn’t God block access to the Tree of Knowledge from His creation from the beginning? Why would He create something to contend with Himself and tempt others to disobey Him? One explanation is it was done solely for the purpose to test His creation.

By breaking God’s rules and commandments, Adam and Eve began to feel the consequences of their actions immediately. God did not say that death would be immediate, nor did He state how death would occur (even if one day in that particular environment may last a thousand years). By showing Adam, Eve and Serpent their future and what their generation was going to do, God “introduced” to them the Law of Cause and Effect for the learning purposes.

According to the Genesis records, Adam and Eve lived about 930 years having many kids including the first three: Cain, Abel, and Seth. Josephus, the Jewish historian, wrote that the number of Adam’s children was thirty-three sons and twenty-three daughters. Some scholars believe Cain was not Adam’s son.

While there is very limited information on this theory, the Book of Enoch has a parable that can add some more detail about the Adam and Eve dilemma through a vision/dream Enoch had while he was with his wife Edna (Book of Enoch 85.3 - 85.8). In that dream, he saw a white bull which “came out of the earth” with a heifer and two young bulls: black and red in color. After the black bull struck the red one, a heifer bore another white bull. After this one, she gave birth to many other black bulls and cows.

Based on the mentioned color variety such as black, red and white, this story shows a clue that the first woman may have produced offspring of some unexpected genome due to genetic mutations through corrupted human DNA. Another point is given by the scriptures when God put enmity between the Serpent’s offspring and woman’s offspring (Genesis 3:15-16) in addition to making her future childbearing involve severe and painful labor.

In Genesis 4:6 God gave Cain a few lessons on acceptance. When Cain didn’t make God happy with his offerings, He asked Cain why he was angry and considered himself downcast. God told him that when he did what was right, he would be accepted. But if he didn't do what was right, sin would "enter his door" and he wouldn't be able to “rule over it”. Once again, He favorited Abel more on purpose to see how Cain would handle it. God gave him a chance to learn what was right and to do the right thing. However, Cain wasn’t able to control his anger, jealousy, and temptation and committed a murder by killing his own brother.

Once again, God didn’t kill Cain on the spot and didn’t send him to Hell. Instead, He put some mysterious mark on Cain prohibiting others from killing him. God wanted Cain to learn his lesson and similar to Adam’s situation, God created a learning plan for Cain and made him a “restless wanderer” on Earth (Genesis 4:13-14). Also, the Bible doesn’t tell us how Cain dies. According to the Book of Jubilees, Cain murdered his brother with a stone and as a result, he was probably killed by the same instrument he used against Abel - his house fell on him killing him with its fallen stones. A heavenly law was cited after the narrative of Cain's death saying: “With the instrument with which a man kills his neighbor with the same shall he be killed; after the manner that he wounded him, in like manner shall they deal with him.”

The Story of Noah

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As we know, the Universe without any order would be a very chaotic and unstructured place where intelligent life is not possible. There is a perfect interconnection that originates from the One Source. The perfect pattern that can be tracked from a small electron to a large planet. Having law and order would bring harmony, agreement, and correspondence between the physical, mental and spiritual realms.

The theme of Noah's story covers God's punishment of mankind in order to prevent chaos and destruction for the future generations. The story starts with the Sons of God ("Godlings" in Hebrew) committed sin by desiring the daughters of men which was a prohibited act for Angels to do. These unions produced Nephilim (which means “the fallen”), probably resulting in corrupted genes. Nephilim taught people how to use advanced technology and weapons, not for peace and prosperity, but for wars, power and the destruction purposes. Similar events are described in the Mahabharata, an ancient Hindu text where the gods fought a war with many advanced weapons such as laser technology and something similar to modern-day nuclear missiles.

Enoch wrote his book before the flood, and like Noah’s father, Noah claimed to speak with Enoch. The Book of Enoch describes Noah as a child with white or blonde hair, a red birthmark, and perhaps blue eyes:

And it seems to me that he is not sprung from me but from the Angels and I am afraid that something extraordinary may be done on the Earth in his days. (The Book of Enoch 106.6) 

Whiter than snow, and redder than the flower of the rose, and the hair of his head is whiter than white wool. And his eyes are like the rays of the Sun; and he opened his eyes and made the whole house bright. (Book of Enoch 106.10). 

Enoch was telling him not to worry about his son's appearance since God was planning to do new things on Earth because “some from the height of Heaven transgressed the word of the Lord” (Book of Enoch 106:13).

Genesis also reveals that mankind was extremely wicked in the days before the flood:
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). 

Several verses later, we are told the following:
The Earth also was corrupt before God, and the Earth was filled with violence (Genesis 6:11–12). 

The Book of Enoch adds more details to the prophecy of the doom after they will see their families destroyed by fighting amongst themselves during their lifetime. The prophecy continues saying that they will suffer in the afterlife and the societies they founded will be wiped away by a flood (Book of Enoch 10.12).

God made Noah’s family a remnant for him to save Noah from the destruction which was coming to the Earth because of all the sin and all the iniquity:

And those same waters will undergo a change in those days; for when those Angels are punished in those days, the temperature of those springs of water will change, and when the Angels come up, that water of the springs will change, and become cold (Book of Enoch 67.11). 

This does fit with the theories of Charles Hapgood in his book ‘The Path of the Pole,’ where he suggests that the huge ice melt (that probably caused the flood) occurred when the poles shifted – perhaps due to an impact from space. The North Pole shifted from Hudson’s Bay to its present position.

Testing of Job

Bood of Job, Testing of Job

In the Book of Enoch, God confirms His motives for testing and trial:
And I will establish your offspring before me, forever and ever, and I will scatter those who dwell with you, over the face of the dry ground. I will not again put them to the test, on the face of the Earth, but they will be blessed and increase on the dry ground in the name of the Lord (Book of Enoch 67.3).

The story of Job is another good example of how God tests His creation. Job was a wealthy man with a big house, servants, a wife and many kids. He was very righteous and obedient to God’s words. In the beginning, it was unclear why God made Job suffer over basically an argument between God and the devil. It seems very unfair to let the devil try to destroy such a good and righteous man. However, the devil himself was sure that Job was pious only because God blessed him with a big family and good health. The devil wanted to prove that Job’s righteousness was due to the expectation of a reward. He was sure Job would curse God if his children and servants were killed and his perfect health was taken away from him.

During his trial, however, instead of cursing, Job was still praising God’s name saying that he came naked out of his mother’s womb and he would return naked. Job's friends saw his suffering and assumed he was guilty since God is just. Job, knowing he was innocent, concluded that God must be unjust. Job admitted his lack of wisdom and understanding of how the Universe worked and how to maintain it. In the end, Job gave his final response, confessing God's power and his own lack of knowledge "of things beyond me which I did not know" (The Book of Job 42:1-6).

When God finally spoke to Job, He didn’t explain the reason for Job’s suffering nor defend his justice. Instead, God explained His role in maintaining the divine order of the Universe and the list of things that God does demonstrated divine wisdom because the Order is the heart of the wisdom. It was not Job who was on trial, but simply God's policy of testing. Job proved to God that his righteousness was truly genuine and was not because he expected a reward. In addition, God’s answers revealed that He really expressed his love for Job and was on his side when Job argued with his friends and family.

It was only God who saw real proof that Job obeyed God and disagreed with his friends/family accusing him of his injustice. In the end, God restored everything he took away from Job and blessed him with an even better life than he had before. This “reward” was not some kind of a prize for Job’s suffering, but instead, it was the God’s promise to all who serve faithfully as redemptive agents of the Creator.

A perfect world is possible through unselfish service. In order for things to work in the Universe, it is necessary for everything to be in perfect working order, structure and harmony. Law and order will bring harmony and correspondence between the cosmic realms.

The final question is, why does God need to test His creation? The Book of Enoch states that when the chosen receive wisdom, they will all live, and they will not die of wrath or anger. They will not behave incorrectly again, either through forgetfulness or through pride. Those who have wisdom will be humble. There will be light, joy, and peace for them and they will inherit a new Earth (The Book of Enoch 5.7-9).

The Book of Revelations gives us another prophecy that there will be “a new Heaven and a new Earth” after the first Earth disappears. Nothing impure will ever enter it nor will anyone who commits shameful or deceitful acts; only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 21).

Growing and overcoming process takes a lifetime. In Luke 19:19 God instructs followers to grow in grace and knowledge, to develop God's given talents. This life is a training ground for God’s people to maintain and develop a holy, righteous character, so one day they can rule in the Kingdom of God.

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