Thoughts on Adam and Eve


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Brothers and sisters, I take my text for today from 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 :)))

Seriously, I'm going to be looking at bitesize elements of the hexameron – the work of creation – as recorded in Scripture.

"Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall all indeed rise again: but we shall not all be changed... In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye ... For this corruptible must put on incorruption; and this mortal must put on immortality. And when this mortal hath put on immortality ..."

A part of that restorative mystery is that, in a moment, it reverses the effects of the Fall. Therefore, by reverse engineering, we can deduce something of our prelapsarian state.

Adam and Eve fell 'in the twinkling of an eye' ... ands when their new eyes were opened, they saw themselves as distinct, as other, as apart from ... and instinctively knew that they had lost something, and felt shame and nakedness – these two, shame and naked, signify for me a different way of perceiving the world. It ceased to be beautiful (naked) and it ceased to appear divine (hence shame).

What happened was they lost their transcendent insight, they lost the multidimensional vision that, prior to that moment, they knew and saw themselves as all-in-all, as a part of the Great Chain of Being, as one and at one with the All.

Their life was one of participatory unity. They lived in the Self (they walked and talked with God), and they traded that 'to be as God' by seeking to experience themselves as a stand-alone self. In so doing, they severed the conscious connection to the Self.