Jews cycle through the Torah once a year, one parashah per week. We are now back at the beginning, back at Parashah B'reishit (Genesis 1:1 thru 6:8).
Humanist geographer Yi-Fu Tuan once wrote: "All human beings are religious if religion is broadly defined as the impulse for coherence and meaning" With that in mind it is interesting that the first question asked of God in this ancient narrative is not
- "Why am I here?"
- "Am I my brother's keeper?"
Ha! So simple, and so telling!
New Scientist came down firmly on the side of man being 'hard-wired' for God, and that religion would outlast science in the long run.
Come to think of it, the first questions should have been:
"What's wrong with eating that fruit?"
"If you really don't want us to eat it, why did you put the tree there?"
And most important, "Why do you want to keep us ignorant?"
What G!d puts up a wet paint sign and doesn't know our impulse to check?
Don't eat that fruit....don't smoke that weed....the stove is hot....keep doing that and you'll need glasses.
we are hard wired to question and find out for our self...
and then what do we do?? Blame....first chance we get throw someone under the bus.... 'the snake told me' ..... "that woman told me"....or actually and more to the point... "that woman YOU gave me told me to do it"
Have you ever actually taken the time to study Torah commentary? Or do you simply prefer to demean it with shallow opinion?And I agree: the forbidden fruit was a set-up. God, (the character) must not have intended human-kind to remain in Eden for long. But that's another story.
You came here to learn? Seriously?Why don't you summarize some Torah commentary for us. I'm hear to learn as well as to express my opinion.
Marcialou, do you own a Torah? Rather than dismiss your sages as "small children", why don't you make an adult effort to understand what you so readily demean?
This is certainly not my understanding from what I've read. See, for example, Frank Moore Cross and Mark S. Smith. Could you perhaps cite two or three examples?The correct answer, to Cain's rhetorical question, is
"If you are civilized, yes you are your brother's keeper!"
This is the "covenant" which all Big Gods (across the board in the ancient world) made with the people they shepherded.