The Farce of Adam’s Sin

Which is it? Is man only God’s mistake or God only man’s mistake?
—F. Nietzsche

In the real world, the highest attainments of moral behavior are those acts which lean towards non-aggression. Generally, it is a simple process of cooperating with each other where our self interests are compatible or of going in different directions when they are not. Within the limits of human perception, it is the most productive code of conduct we can live by. This is what Jefferson meant he wrote, “All men are created equal,” in the Declaration of Independence. There cannot be equality with laws designed to favor one faction over another.

The authoritarian mentality runs on just such a set of values. It is well expressed in Orwell’s Animal Farm: All animals are equal. Some animals are more equal than others.” Corrupt behavior kicks in at the moment we resort to aggressive acts of deceit and coercion for the purpose of controlling the behavior of others. It is by this means, as Orwell demonstrated, that society becomes divided into two classes: Those who do the productive work and those who live off the efforts of others. We usually identify people like that as parasites, bullies and criminals. To that list we should also add priests and politicians.

With that introduction, the Christian doctrine of salvation is not about the corruption of humankind, it is about the corruption of organized religion. It is about an imaginary problem with an imaginary solution. By modern standards, the story of Adam and Eve reads like a children’s fable. It undercuts the purpose of Christian Salvation with such utter thoroughness that I have to conclude that it takes a serious believer to not see the silliness of it.

This report complements Adam and Eve (The Fall of Man) which contains commentary on each verse. What we are interested here is its Aesop Fable characteristics and the deceits that went into making it the foundation of Christian salvation.

Summary of Gen. 2:7-9, 15-17, 21-25 3:1-24

When God created man, he formed him from dust and breathed into his nostrils to bring him to life. He planted a garden in Eden and put the man there. Out of the ground God made every tree pleasant to see and good for food.

In the midst of the garden he made the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it. Then he commanded the man that if he eats from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he will die the same day.

He put the man to sleep and took a rib to make a woman and presented her to the man. When they saw each other’s nakedness, they were not ashamed.

When God made the serpent, he made him more subtle than any other wild creature.

The serpent asked the woman if she is forbidden to eat from the trees in the garden. The woman responds that we may eat any of the fruits, but God said that you shall not eat the fruit in the midst of the garden, nor shall you touch it or you will die. The serpent tells her she will not die; for God knows that if she eats the forbidden fruit, she will be like God, knowing good and evil.

Seeing that the fruit was good for food, pleasant to see, and would make one wise, she ate some and gave some to her husband to eat. Then their eyes were open and they realized they were naked. So they covered themselves with aprons they sewed out of fig leaves.

When they heard God walking nearby in the cool of the day, the man and his wife hid from God among the trees. But God called to the man, "Where are you?" And he replied when he heard God, that he was afraid because he was naked; so he hid himself.

God asked the man who told him he was naked and if he ate from the forbidden tree. Said the man, the woman you gave to be with me, gave me the fruit and I ate it.

God ask the woman what she did. The woman blamed the serpent for tricking her. The serpent wasn't asked.

God cursed the serpent above all other animals. He is to crawl on his belly and eat dust for the rest of his life. The woman and the serpent will hate each other, and so will their offspring. He (Adam) will bruise the serpent's head and the serpent will bruise his heel.

God multiplied the woman's pain during childbirth, yet she shall desire her husband and he shall rule over her.

For listening to his wife and eating the fruit, God cursed the ground, making Adam have to work the land for his food for the rest of his life.

God calls Adam's wife, Eve, because she was the mother of all living. He makes garments of animal skins to cover them up.

To the other gods, God says the man has become like us, knowing good and evil. If he eats from the tree of life he will live forever too.

God sent the man away from the Garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. At the east of the garden he placed cherubim and a flaming sword to prevent the man from eating from the tree of life.

Why it is a farce

1. No one argues that the Old Testament was written by Jewish priests for their Jewish subjects. From those texts, Jews have never subscribed to the doctrine of Original Sin and Salvation. Whereas Christian doctrine presumes Jews don't understand their own Scripture.

A) To illustrate how totally confused Christianity is. By combining its Trinity and Fall doctrines, it comes out that Jesus would have to be the one who cursed mankind through Adam. If he was with God at creation, then he was the one walking in the garden. So he died for the curse he imposed. But since he is a God, he could not die. This is not a mystery. It is some of the most incoherent nonsense imaginable.

B) By Bible chronology, 4,000 years had elapsed from the time of Adam to when Christianity concocted it original sin formulation. Moses said nothing about it and Noah’s flood was supposed to purge the world of sin. Then there is the Second Commandment (Ex. 20:5) about punishing children up to the fourth generation.

2. The story of Adam and Eve has all makings of a children's fable. It has a perfect paradise, a talking serpent, two naked innocent children, a tree whose fruit gives knowledge, a walking talking bumbling God, and other gods. We know serpents cannot talk and the first humans didn’t invent language. The ingestion of fruit does not change ones personal values or eliminate mortality. 

3. This children's fable completely undercuts the Christian doctrine of Original Sin.

A) God purposely made the serpent more "subtle" or "crafty" than any other wild animal (3:1). If the serpent symbolizes evil, then it was God who created evil right from the get-go.

B) At Creation, God created the tree of life whose fruit would have given man immortality (2:9). He also created man from dust and breathed into him to give him a soul (2:7). Put the two together and it means the first man was never endowed with immortality. God even said he does not want man to have immortality (3:22).

C) As chief designer and builder, it was God who bears the responsibility for giving the couple an appetite for the fruit and the free will to disregard his command. The buck stops with the chief architect.

D) As it turns out, everything the serpent told Eve (3:4-5) was true (3:7) and what God told Adam was false (2:17). The fruit opened their eyes and they became like God, knowing good and evil. And Adam didn't die on the day he ate the fruit; they lived for almost a thousand years (5:5). From this we can conclude that the serpent proved to be an honest liberator, while God comes across as the real oppressor and deceiver.

E) When God brought them together they saw each other’s nakedness and were not ashamed (2:22, 25). Whereupon after they ate from the tree of good and evil, they knew they were naked and were ashamed (3:7). Thus, at the moment they digested the forbidden fruit, the morality of nakedness completely reverses.   

F)  Since God deprived them of a sense of good and evil, the Church applies a perverted standard of justice in finding them responsible. Morally, it rests on the conviction that the first man and woman committed this so-called evil deed before they knew the difference between right and wrong. Yet after they ate the forbidden fruit, they covered themselves to restore their goodness (3:7).

G) God’s human ‘curses’ amount to nothing. He would return to the ground from where he came (3:19). He sentenced the man to work the land for food (3:17b-18), but he also created the man to till the earth (2:5). He created the woman to help the man (2:18), and that was going to be her destiny (3:16). He sent them out of Eden (3:23) because he intended for humans to fill the earth (1:28).

 H) The word ‘curse’ is used twice; he cursed the serpent (3:14), and the ground (3:17). Maybe in fairy tales, there are places like Eden where life is effortless, but in real life, there is no such place. If the serpent was Satan, it certainly had no effect. If Christian theology is to be believed, Satan is stronger than ever.

I) When God told man he would return to dust when he died (3:19), that wasn't a death sentence. It was simply a restatement: he came from dust and will return to dust. It doesn’t mean he was deprived of immortality; he didn’t have immortality in the first place.

J) We have seen that this God could not stop the simplest possible transgression. Yet at the same time he would deny man moral values. Put the two together and you have complete chaos. Humankind could not survive without sin.

K) The story was obviously plagiarized from pagan literature. In polytheistic religions, blame is easier to assign, since gods are not omniscient or omnipotent. The God in this story was thwarted by other gods, personified by the serpent and Eve. Only the man is held to his mortal roots.

L) If the man was created as an immortal being he could not be human, because mortality is what defines humanness. He would be what defines a lesser god. From this perspective the first “sin” cannot be attributed to the human race.

4. What this means to Christians is that Jesus did not die to save mankind from Adam's curse, because there was no infectious curse and there was no historical Adam. Even the Gospels do not link Jesus to Adam (Jesus' Plan of Salvation). His death was also pointless because he believed the end of the world would be coming in his lifetime (The Apocalypse of Jesus). 

5. It is not until we get to the Epistles when Paul calls Adam's sin ‘inherited’ (Rom. 5:12). Even at face value, the morality is obscene. How does one justify a murder because thousands of years earlier, someone ate a piece of forbidden fruit?

6. While we are on the subject of evil, it turns out that evil did not begin with Adam; it began with the serpent which God made cunning (3:1a). From this point of view, if the serpent is the devil, then God created him outright. There was no fallen angel. So we are back to God being the cause of evil.

7. If God did not want mankind to disobey him, he had no business putting temptation in front of two naive children. In modern parlance, the scheme amounts to entrapment. To terrorize faithful Christians based on an ancient legend about a bumbling God, a talking serpent, two naive innocents and a tree full of tempting fruit, there can be no other conclusion that the Church invented sin in order to justify its obsession for authority.

8. By any sensible test of logic, if there was a God who had the power to create everything, he would have the power to control everything. Therefore he alone is responsible for the right performance of everything. But according to this tale, God is not a free agent—one who can have things as he wills or wishes so far as he has the power to make them so. He appears helpless to affect human behavior to his liking. The only power he has is the power to inflict suffering and death. This theme carries throughout monotheistic religions.

9. According to the logic of Original Sin and Salvation, it means that God is the cause of death and suffering, because one lone Adam ate some forbidden fruit. Despite Jesus’ atonement, you still have to die. And the Church calls Satan evil? Is this nutty or what?

10. If the serpent represents some antagonist who became evil against God’s wishes, and the world contains far more evil then good, then it follows that God has very little power to bring goodness into the world.

11.  Apologists come up with all kinds of ingenious arguments to ‘prove’ that the universe was put together by intelligent design. If there was an intelligent designer, it can’t possibility be the idiot who inspired the Bible.

12. The character of Paul, the inventor of the Fall of Man, was that of a charlatan. The following passages could not have passed unnoticed by later theologians. Here is the real serpent.

He was an admitted liar.

7But if through my falsehood God’s truthfulness abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner (Rom. 3:7)

He said God sends a strong delusion to make some believe what is false.

11Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false,
12so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thes. 2:11-12)

He boasted to speaking as a fool without authority from God.

16I repeat, let no one think me foolish; but even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little.
17(What I am saying I say not with the Lord’s authority but as a fool, in this boastful confidence;
18since many boast of worldly things, I too will boast.)
19For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! (2 Cor. 11:16-19)

He considered himself crafty.

16But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile. (2 Cor. 12:16)

He was in it for the money.

14In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel (1 Cor. 9:14)

13. According to crafty Paul, God created an immortal man, but then decided on mass genocide because of Adam.

12Therefore as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned—
13sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.
14Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. (Rom. 5:12-14)

To get to that conclusion, he had to reverse the context of the passages below. So when God threatens death, Paul took it to mean that man would have otherwise had eternal life.

3but God [gods] said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” (Gen. 3:3)

19In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  (Gen. 3:19)

17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” (Gen. 2:17)

14. If there was such thing as a God, it would have to be a God of reality, not the God of theology. Reality has no use for the Church; for the laws of reality are impossible to violate. The full nature of reality still remains a mystery to us. But thanks to the accumulation of knowledge acquired over the centuries, we are learning more about how it works.

15. The key point here is that according to Christian dogma, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ became necessary because he had to redeem the evil introduced into the world by The Fall of Man. These two dogmas cannot be separated. In truth, there was no fall, thus no need for atonement and no Redeemer is required. It's a complete fraud.

16. The Church would have us veer away from reality for the sake of its power and authority; not for the sake of those whom it pretends to help. There can be no other conclusion that the bedrock of Christian theology is founded upon on a fraud and a hoax. It is not God who cursed mankind; it is the Christian Church who curses all who put their faith in its lies.