Adam did well to ponder on God’s warning, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. For when you eat of it, you will certainly die.” God said to him.
It was like a tablet in Adam’s mind with deeply etched inscriptions of do’s and don’ts. Each time he looked at the tree of knowledge of good and evil, God’s words echoed in his mind. It was as if God’s warning was stitched to the very core of his mind. In fact, he had formed a territory around God’s warning. The very land on which the forbidden tree grew seemed to repulse his being. Any time he was so close to the tree, his body just knew to move aside.
Adam just knew what he should do and what he shouldn’t. He didn’t have to think it, like he didn’t have to think the names he gave to the animals of the ground and the birds in the sky. It was like God had stored in his being all he needed to know so that he didn’t have to think.
But Adam was lonely. He didn’t know why he was lonely, but he just knew as he did everything else that he was lonely. Even when he tended to the animals and the garden, he just knew something was missing. But this didn’t bother him as long as God was happy.
Then one day Adam woke up to find a surprise. God had made another man. Adam looked at this other man closely and marked some differences. Just by looking at this creature that looked like him, Adam felt whole. The feeling was so much in his being that he spoke.
“This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.”
Adam was always accompanied by the woman, Eve. It felt like she was a part of him he just knew should be there, such that being without her was impossible.
Eve knew of God’s warning and she recited it in her mind just the way Adam did. But Adam noticed something about Eve, like an instinct. She had bigger bosoms than he did, which he knew meant she was warmer, more receptive than he was. Adam knew that was the way she was, and that made him happy.
Every now and then, Adam would see Eve talking with the serpent. Such was her capacity.
Adam had talked to the serpent before, but he didn’t talk much. Although he didn’t know why the serpent was unlike him, why the serpent did the things he didn’t do.
One day, when Adam and Eve were at the tree of life, the serpent called Eve.
“Did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden?” the serpent asked Eve.
“We may eat fruits from the trees in the garden, but God did say we must not eat from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and we must not touch it, or we will die.” Eve replied the serpent.
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to Eve. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Eve didn’t understand what the serpent was saying, and this was not the first time the serpent spoke to Eve in this way. But she felt a force within her, for if the serpent speaks about this all the time, then part of it must be true. For some reason, this force was greater than the warning of God in her mind. So Eve decided to try the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
When Eve took the first bite, she noticed that the taste wasn’t much different from the fruits of the other trees. As she ate, she noticed something different about her body. There was a sweetness in her bosoms that spread to her base. She clenched her legs and made a sound.
“See, do you not feel it?” the serpent said.
Eve never knew a feeling this strong. It was like the sweetness of a thousand trees put together. Instantly, she knew that Adam must feel the way she felt, that Adam must share in this newly found sweetness.
Adam was close by, but his attention was carried away by the animals, for he often looked around to make sure all was in order.
“Adam,” Eve called, “You must taste of this, for it is sweeter than anything there is, sweeter than any fruit we have ever tasted.”
Instantly Adam recognised the fruit, for it was glamorous and it shone.
“Isn’t this the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil?” Adam lamented. “God said we are not to eat from the tree, for when we eat of it we will certainly die.”
“But I am not dead,” Eve said. “Try it for yourself, Adam, and feel what I feel.”
Adam retreated from Eve, for he felt something different about her. But the farther he stepped away, the closer Eve moved to him.
“Try it, Adam. You must.” Eve said.
But Adam retreated further. As Adam stepped back, he stumbled on a rock in his path and fell. Still he dragged himself backward with his arms, for he didn’t understand what was happening. Eve had the same essense as God, and this was impossible to Adam. But Adam wasn’t fast enough, and Eve came upon him. She moved in a way he had never seen her move, and for some reason her movement called to him.
“Eat, Adam. Eat,” she said.
Eve’s words spoke to Adam’s being just the way God spoke to them. And this he couldn’t resist. So Adam ate of the apple. And immediately he felt a sweetness in his base, like nothing he had felt before.
‘Eve was right,’ he thought. ‘Such sweetness.’
The feeling spread to his being and beyond. Adam looked at Eve, and it was like he felt her. She was sweet.
For some reason, Adam and Eve ran away from each other into the woods. When they came back out to the plains they were both covered in leaves.
“Why are you covered?” Adam asked.
“I do not know,” Eve replied. “Why are you covered?” she asked.
“I do not want you to see me,” Adam replied.
The wind blew and they felt God’s presence. They took flight to hide among the trees.
“Where are you?” God called out.
“I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid,” Adam replied.
“Who told you that you were naked?” God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded not to eat from?”
“The woman you put here with me gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it,” Adam replied.
“What is this you have done?” God said to Eve.
“The serpent deceived me and I ate,” Eve replied.
God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers. He will crush your head and you will strike his heel.”
Instantly, the serpent lost its arms, fell to the ground and struggled away.
God said to Eve, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you.”
Instantly Eve felt a sharp pain in her base, equal in magnitude to the feeling of sweetness she felt from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. She made a harsh sound.
God said to Adam, “Cursed is the ground because of you. Through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.”
When God left the garden of Eden, he called a meeting with the angels.
“The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
God banished Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. God then placed angels with flaming swords on the path to the tree of life to guard it. Adam and Eve were never to return to the Garden of Eden.
When God visited Adam and Eve where they now lived, they were full of questions now that they had realised their deed.
“Did you know that we were going to eat of the tree of knowledge?” Adam asked God.
“From the day I made you, Adam, I knew that it was possible. But I also gave you the will to fight any temptation,” God replied.
“But why didn’t you make it impossible for us to eat of the tree of knowledge?” Adam asked.
“Adam, when you become God then you will understand why,” God replied.
“Man become God, Is it possible?” Adam asked.
“I made you in my image, Adam. What keeps you from becoming God is the tree of life which I have instructed my angels to guard from you.”
“Why don’t you want us to eat from the tree of life? Why must we die?” Adam asked.
“Your eyes have opened. You have known good and evil, but man is not ready to be God. Until man is ready, man will die and return to dust,” God said.