Christianity

Why were Adam and Eve Banished from the Garden of Eden in the Bible?

The banishment of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden is one of the most well known Biblical stories. As most believe, the reason why both Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden was because they disobeyed God and ate from the tree, and hence they committed sin, and as a result of this sin they were banished from the presence of God as sin cannot be in the presence of God.

Now is the above account actually biblical? That might sound strange, as this has become quite an established tradition, so one would assume this is actually straight from the Bible itself. Yet if anyone actually reads the entire story one will see that Adam and Eve were not banished because they sinned, but they were banished for another reason. Let us read the story piece by piece to get a clear picture:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘you must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5)

So the serpent began to tempt Eve to eat from the tree, and the serpent told Eve that once she eats from the tree her eyes shall be opened and she will become like God and will know good from evil, basically according to the serpent Eve will acquire knowledge by eating from this tree. The story goes on:

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” (Genesis 3:6-12)

So eventually both Adam and Eve eat from the tree, disobeying what God had commanded them to do, and God finds out about it as well. Now the assumption that is then made is that as a result of this action, sin entered the garden, and what followed was their banishment from the garden. Yet as we read on we get the answer as to why God threw them out:

The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the LORD God said, “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.” So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east sideof the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:21-24)

So as one can read, the reason why God decided to banish Adam was because Adam now had the knowledge of good and bad, and that he should be prevented from eating from the tree of life, which was ANOTHER tree in the garden, and if Adam ate from this tree he would live forever. So God banished Adam from the Garden not because of sin, but to prevent him from eating from the tree of life! God event went as far as to place a flaming sword to guard the tree of life:

This is something many people often overlook, or are even ignorant about, that the Bible speaks of two trees, the tree of life, and the tree of knowledge:

Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:8-9)

So we have two trees, the tree of life, and the tree of knowledge, Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge, and not the tree of life. So God was now worried as they both gained knowledge, and that they would now go and eat from the tree of life gaining immortality, but God didn’t want that to happen and so he kicked them out of the garden. So there is absolutely nothing in this entire account saying they were banished because they disobeyed God, or that sin had entered heaven (a claim evangelicals love to make, claiming that sin had now entered heaven, and man needed redemption now).

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  1. An excellent example of how truth doesn’t need to be hidden in order to be kept from the vast majority of people. So many people believe an “official version” of events despite what truth is plainly visible. And this is the case in so many areas of life as well.

  2. All jewish sources.

    Check The Holy Quran, to make sure that the source is right, The Holy Quran was sent down to dominate, supervise over it [OT].

  3. In reality, the reason they were kicked out was because they chose the law.

    The Hebrew word for knowledge is the word for knowledge, is daath [דעת]. This is a kind of special knowledge that is unique to the Consciousness. It is not related to the intellect. It is not related to belief. It is not in the form of thoughts, words, ideas, concepts, theories or dogmas. It is relative to a consciousness related to soul, which has to be placed in to practice allowing the internal knowledge related to elaboration and creation of the soul. Adam and eve decided to take the place of the creator. They committed the same violation as the devil himself. The devil played on their pride; which became the first sin. Disobedience was the second sin. Taking the place of God was the encompassed in to the second sin.

    In Hebrew, דעת Daath is spelled with three letters: ד daleth, ע ayin, and ת tav. The twenty-two Hebrew letters symbolize and encode the entire path to awaken the Consciousness and to have the direct experience of God, the entire path to become a fully-developed soul.

    Daath is the doorway to God, and we know that is true because the first letter of Daath is daleth [ד], which symbolizes a door. Daleth is the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and carries the value of the number four. It is also a symbol of a doorway. Adam and Eve went through the door and disobeyed the commandment. They descended to a low state, a state of existence burdened by death and suffering. It wasn’t God who kicked them out; it was them. God only stated the fact they already knew.

    Ayin is The Experience in the second letter of Daath is ayin [ע]. Ayin is the sixteenth Hebrew letter, and it symbolizes “to see, to know, to experience.” It symbolizes the eyes and how we perceive.

    The third letter tav [ת] symbolizes a covenant, a seal. It is the twenty-second letter, the final letter of the Hebrew alphabet. So, it is the seal or completion of the twenty-two letters. The twenty-two letters contain all the knowledge in symbolic form; subsequently the Tav is the synthesis of them all. It is the completion, the end, the seal of the covenant.

    The letters of Daath say: Daleth is the doorway, Ayin is the way to see, and Tav is the end of the work. The word Daath contains a message. Through the knowledge you can arrive at the vision, the insight, the perception of the complete path, of all the work, of all creation. The twenty-two letters symbolize and encompass all the laws that manage everything that exists. Daath is the science to perceive it and to access it.

    • Kas 1981 I dnt c yr point. Wht s wrong wth gaining knowledge and why s G d so frightened about people gaining knowledge. And is G ds knowledge so limited that the human brain can store it?

      • The point is, humans decided to become equal with God, walked out from the grace and dependence on His wisdom, and decided to experiment in order to find out what is good and what is evil. Read Philippians 3; Paul demonstrates the greatest example on how we are to return to the state which Adam and Eve have lost. Verse 8 he calls everything gained through experience as rubbish (garbage).

      • It wasn’t merely an intellectual knowledge they acquired, but rather the consciousness of Evil, along with a sense of guilt, shame and fear. They became self-conscious, as evidenced by their sense of shame over their nakedness. Their souls became twisted. Had they eaten of the Tree of Life, they would have lived forever in this state, with no hope of redemption. So their banishment was an act of mercy on God’s part. But it has always been the desire of God to bring us back to the blissful state of the Garden of Eden. He made a way for us to return by the sacrifice of Himself on the cross. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from an evil conscience, and restores the Divine life connection with us.

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