Have you seen the video of a group of 5 and 6 year old’s placed in a setting with a chocolate cake and told not to eat it? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRx3eOWC2l4)
What immediately jumps out at me is that the girls show a bit more restraint than the boys (so much for Eve really being the antagonist in THAT story).
However, misogyny is not my point at the moment.
I have been a Christian for quite some time now, decades to be exact. And as of late, I have been becoming a more “progressive” believer. Unraveling my clinched-fist, oh so tightly held beliefs bit by bit, story by story is exhilarating, breath-taking and a bit fearful.
But, onto the chocolate cake.
I have finally given myself permission to question stories that I have been told.
One such story is the Garden of Eden story.
Even before I began letting go of my fundamentalist roots, I did wonder what kind of God would put his very first children in a situation to fail. And fail miserably at that.
Since I had been taught that the God of Christianity is an omnipresent God and that HE knows everything, even before “it” happens, then this story begs the question of “why”? Why did God set the first two humans up for failure? Since logically, God knew it was going to become a complete debacle.
I would hope that something has been lost in translation here or this very first glimpse of God and humanity looks really dark and psychologically abusive.
In other words, would a loving God set his first two children up for failure? Today we would call that really bad parenting, bordering on psychological child abuse.
And yet, almost all Christian beliefs put the blame on the children, Eve to be exact.
“Well, Eve had a choice, she could have frolicked naked through all of Eden picking delicious fruit from all of the other trees, but no, she had to go and pick the “forbidden fruit”. Shame on her, and shame on Adam for going along with this debauchery.
Thus, basically, that she-devil Eve, set all of humanity up to fail. And she set all of woman-hood up to take the fall, followed by millenniums of female subordination.
End of story.
Why would a loving God create humanity to keep him company and then put them in a “don’t eat the chocolate cake” situation. If we can step back, take a deep breath and look at that story with fresh eyes……
Does it have the ring of truth to it? Can we peacefully accept that a truly perfect God would do such a thing? Why are we so afraid to ask questions?
Here is a question for parents:
Would you put your own children in a situation of temptation (and certain failure)? Would you then punish them with untold horrors because they did exactly what you KNEW they were designed to do? Which of course, is to act on their very human nature.
Or is this interpretation of God a man-made construct?
It has been said that God did not create us in his image, we have created God in our image.