In the first two parts of this series, I took a stab at addressing some tough questions this young man, Charity Crawff, asked. In this post, I will address the next three sets of questions.
Why did he put Adam and Eve in the garden in the first place when he knew he would kick them out?
One of the deeper meanings behind Adam and Eve being banished from the garden is the notion of separation. Before Adam and Eve were banished, they walked with GOD. They were on the same plane. GOD spoke with them. GOD walked with them. This represents relationship and unity. The banishment symbolizes separation and “distance” that now exists between GOD and man (spirit and flesh). We have to reconnect. The story of Adam and Eve is in the beginning of the Bible because this separation/ fall is the foundation upon which all faiths stand. Man lost his place on the higher dimensions and must find his way back. All religions exist to help man find his way back home. It is the “coming-of-age” story of all time. It is the story of the Prodigal Son. It is the story of Simba and The Lion King. It is the Story of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection. So to be more direct with the answer of the question, nothing in the Bible is as simple as it seems. Everything has deeper meaning that is applicable whether the story is historically true or not. The Bible (and every other sacred book of faith) should be read with the intention of connecting to that meaning and not critiquing the details.
Why would the whole world be populated if he knew he would kill everybody except 8 people and 2 of each animal with a flood? Why didn’t he just start there?
The story of Noah and the Ark is more about water and birth than it is about the destruction of all life on Earth. It is about its destructive and creative qualities of water (one of the only things not created by GOD according to the Genesis account). Water existed before GOD spoke. I believe the flood is about a rebirth of the Earth… a new beginning… a new age. The destructive nature of the story is not necessarily a historic account (even though most cultures reference a flood in their creation myths). It teaches what is needed in creation: 1) the masculine and feminine properties and 2) water. Perhaps meaning can be extracted when you change the setting of the story from on the Earth to inside a body. Once the waters subside (breaks), new life emerges. And since Noah literally means REST, REPOSE, Noah represents the saved/ preserved life. See the message in this? I think there is an additional message that relates to the animals, as humans contain animal characteristics (and powers) inside of us (see Project Power Post).
GOD’s all powerful, right? So why did he have to impregnate a virgin with himself to be born into flesh, live 33 years and die as a sacrifice to himself to save the humans from the sins he gave them in the first place? Why couldn’t he just snap his fingers and sin be gone?
The story of Jesus’ birth and death and resurrection has multiple layers of meaning. On one level, it signifies the uniqueness of Jesus. On another level it symbolizes the uniqueness of His soul. Virginity indicates purity, which can be translated as undefiled, untouched; freshness, newness. In this interpretation, we can appreciate that Jesus was unlike any other man—He was untouched by the cycle of passing down traits, etc. from parents to children. Some occult teachings assert that Jesus’ soul had never been to Earth before and had no karmic residue that He had to clean up in His life. The virgin girl represents a pure feminine and the GOD (father) represents divine masculine- the joining of which will creates a GOD-child. These qualities or characteristics are necessary before two humans procreate. Could be producing children Jesus if we purified our whole selves, and connected with our higher selves/ spirit selves?