Thomas, seems your full of excuses! With rambling reasoning!
Oh, I'm sorry. If you can't follow my reasoning, please point out and I'll clarify for you.
Let me clarify the main point:
Seeing that Paradise is a timeless situation, should we consider that Adam was not like us pre-Fall. That he was both a luminous and, in an Angelic situation?
Short answer: No.
Angels are creatures of pure spirit. 'Adam' is the union of spirit and matter.
Angels are incorporeal. Adam is corporeal.
Angels do not possess a body. Adam does.
From the moment of his creation, Adam was a physical form. 'Adam' is not really a name as such, the Hebrew adam
means 'man' or 'human', and throughout the narrative it carries the definite ha-adam – the man
It's worth paying attention to the text of Genesis 2. The distinction between the two spheres, if you like, between heaven and earth, is clear and unambiguous. The account of the creation of Adam is very much to do with the earthly sphere.
"And every plant of the field before it sprung up in the earth (Hb: eres
), and every herb of the ground (adamah
) before it grew: for the Lord God had not rained upon the earth (eres
); and there was not a man (adam
) to till the ground (adamah
"And the Lord God formed man (adam
) of the slime of the ground (adamah
): and breathed into his face the breath of life, and man (adam
) became a living soul. And the Lord God had planted a garden
(note: 'paradise of pleasure' is a later and somewhat poetic interpretation, flavoured by other texts. The use of 'paradise' occurs in later references, but is not strictly accurate according to the Hebrew of Genesis 2) from the beginning: wherein he placed man (adam
) whom he had formed.
"And the Lord God took the man (adam
), and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it."
The point here being that the Eden is an earthly
paradise, not heaven, and Adam is an earthly
creature, albeit imbued with a soul (as are all living creatures), a soul with a spiritual capacity, which sets humanity apart from the animal world.