From nothingness to a growing group of followers of Jeshua 1 Fall of man

When the cosmos was created the ish (man) and isha (mannin or woman) were created in tzelem Elohim (the image of God) and did not doubt Who made it possible that they were there.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness! Let them rule over the fish of the sea, over the flying creatures of the sky, over the livestock, over the whole earth, and over every crawling creature that crawls on the land.” God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them. God blessed them and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the land, and conquer it. Rule over the fish of the sea, the flying creatures of the sky, and over every animal that crawls on the land.””
(Genesis 1:26–28 TLV)

In the Gan Eden there was no need to know time or to bounded to time and space. There was nothing to be a burden on them. They were totally free though they were in charge of that Royal Garden. They had no reason to be worried about their food, because the Divine Maker had provided everything.

Gen. 1:29    Then God said, “I have just given you every green plant yielding seed that is on the surface of the whole land, and every tree, which has the fruit of a tree yielding seed. They are to be food for you. 30 Also for every wild animal, every flying creature of the sky and every creature that crawls on the land which has life, every green plant is to be food.” And it happened so. 31 So God saw everything that He made, and behold it was very good.

So there was evening and there was morning—the sixth day.
(Genesis 1:29–31 TLV)

God had also given them a free will. As such they were free to think whatever they wanted to think and to act in the way they wanted to act on their thoughts. When they had something in mind they had to make the choice how they would react on their way of thinking.

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The Fall of Man. Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem

The chava had in her head that her Creator withheld something from them which could be of good use for them too. She got her ish kheyk or shidduch to believe that when they would eat from the Etz HaDa’as Tov v’Rah they would gain much more knowledge and becoming equal with their Maker.

For many there can be no God because there is evil on earth or god is cruel to allow evil on earth. Those saying such thing forget that it is not god Who created evil. It where human beings who had the free will to decide to follow an evil thought. God had warned them that in case they would eat from the etz that they would come to know good and evil … and they did so. By eating from the Etz hadaas tov vrah they got knowledge of moral. they were not made with an evil nature, but got one after their act of disobedience.

It is totally wrong to say

The Bible flatly discourages human reasoning about the nature of our situation. {A Distinctly Christian Philosophy}

The Word of God does just the opposite. The Book of books concentrates the whole time on the necessity to think about what we want to do and what we should do. The different stories from the Bible tell us that our instinctive reliance on wrong reasoning is the first step on the wrong path, the very root cause of the Fall itself.

A clown who presents himself as a parish elder writes

The only path back is by raising one’s consciousness to a higher level than reason, by learning to trust the inherent revelation written into our convictions. In biblical language, we have to get our hearts properly subservient to God, and then rely on what the heart discerns from that connection to God. The heart trumps the mind in revelation. {A Distinctly Christian Philosophy}

Which is not at all such a ridiculous observation. From the fall onward each individual has received the opportunity to think for himself or herself, and to choose which way to go.

He continues

the Bible says that we who hope to restore ourselves to God’s favor cannot enter Eden in this life. We must cultivate in ourselves a connection to Eden; we must spend our lives here in preparation for the restoration of Eden. What we do must remain focused in our hearts on that higher realm, and train our minds to implement the implications of that divine revelation. We should hold no expectation that humanity outside of that mystical focus can possibly do anything right. {A Distinctly Christian Philosophy}

From the fall onwards man has looked for different ways to organise his life and the community he wanted to live in. Throughout the ages different forms of organising the community were looked for. Until now not any government seem to have been able to be as good as the God’s governement. To come back to a similar state as in the Gan Eden, man has to try to transform himself back to man before the fall. This shall require a lot of work. But clever man may know that God provided ways to learn how to come back or how to try to reach that state again. With the years His Words were written down on the scrolls so that people for many generations could come to learn what happened and how God gives guidance. It is up to man to seek for God’s Guidance.

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Preceding

From nothingness and choices being made

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Additional reading

  1. Creation of the earth and man #17 Man in the image and likeness of the Elohim #1 In the image and after the likeness
  2. Created in the image of the Elohim to use their likeness properly
  3. An anarchistic reading of the Bible (2)—Creation and what follows
  4. Bereshith 2 Man and Woman placed in a Royal Garden
  5. The figure of Eve
  6. The 1st Adam in the Hebrew Scriptures #3 With his partner
  7. The 1st Adam in the Hebrew Scriptures #5 Temptation, assault and curse
  8. Genesis – Story of creation 5 Genesis 3:1-12 Eating of the fruit-tree of knowledge
  9. Genesis – Story of creation 6 Genesis 3:13-24 Enmity and curse
  10. Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden 1
  11. Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden 2
  12. Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden 3
  13. Forbidden Fruit in the Midst of the Garden 4
  14. Bereshith 3 Fall of man
  15. Moment of getting knowledge and its consequence
  16. Scattered, broken, thwarted reflection of God
  17. Gone astray, away from God
  18. First mention of a solution against death 1 To divine, serpent, opposition, satan and adversary
  19. First mention of a solution against death 2 Harm or no harm and naked truth
  20. First mention of a solution against death 3 Tempter Satan and man’s problems
  21. Sources of evil
  22. Sinners do not turn away from God

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  4. Advent 2–Genesis 3:1-7, Competition or Contentment?
  5. Genesis 02 – It’s All in Your Head, Man.
  6. Genesis 03 – The Fall of Man
  7. Genesis 3:12 Blaming Others
  8. Where Are You?
  9. Get Out of My Garden
  10. Why the Fall was Essential for God’s Ultimate Plan
  11. A Distinctly Christian Philosophy
  12. Progress through many lives
  13. Free?
  14. Discourse on Fate and Free Will
  15. Cultivating The Garden Of Eden Within You
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