Sunday, September 12, 2004

Eve's temptation Posted by Hello


sara said...

The Qur’an speaks to a situation where the Biblical creation story is already known. Hence the Qur’an feels no need to retell the story. Instead, the
Qur’an mentions some aspects of the known story and alludes to others in order to bring out its own unique moral lessons. In so doing, the Qur’an accepts some aspects of the story and corrects some others.

The Qur’an accepts that Adam and his wife were the progenitors of the human race. They were placed in a garden and permitted to eat from any tree but one, lest they become wrongdoers. Nevertheless, Satan seduced them to eat from the forbidden tree and hence to be expelled.

The Qur’an makes several correctives:

First, the couple, i.e. both of them, are told, not that they would die if they eat the fruit but that they would be wrongdoers.

Second, the devil whispered to them both and caused them both to slip:
Then did Satan make them slip from the (garden), and get them out of the state (of felicity) in which they had been. We said: 'Get ye down, all (ye people), with enmity between yourselves. On earth will be your dwelling-place and your means of livelihood - for a time.'

Surah 2 Verse 36

There is even a passage, which singles out Adam for blame:
But Satan whispered evil to him: he said, 'O Adam! shall I lead thee to the Tree of Eternity and to a kingdom that never decays?'

Surah 20 Verse 120

But there is no passage, which singles out Eve!

Third, the Qur’an shows the story culminating in an original lesson. The
couple seeks forgiveness and it is granted:
So by deceit he brought about their fall: when they tasted of the tree, their shame became manifest to them, and they began to sew together the leaves of the garden over their bodies. And their Lord called unto them: 'Did I not forbid you that tree, and tell you that Satan was an avowed enemy unto you?'
They said: 'Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls: If thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we shall certainly be lost.'
(God) said: 'Get ye down. With enmity between yourselves. On earth will be your dwelling-place and your means of livelihood,- for a time.'

Surah 7 Verses 22 - 24

In the result, they both ate of the tree, and so their nakedness appeared to them: they began to sew together, for their covering, leaves from the Garden: thus did Adam disobey his Lord, and allow himself to be seduced.
But his Lord chose him (for His Grace): He turned to him, and gave him Guidance.
He said: 'Get ye down, both of you,- all together, from the Garden, with enmity one to another: but if, as is sure, there comes to you Guidance from Me, whosoever follows My Guidance, will not lose his way, nor fall into misery.'

Surah 20 Verses 121 - 123

It is also worth noting that the Qur’an does not share the biblical mention of a serpent approaching, or of Eve seducing her husband, or of Eve receiving a sentence to pain in childbirth and subjugation to her husband. So, Islam never acknowledged the idea of "Eve’s sin"!

sara said...

According to the Jewish religion book, the Torah or Old Testament or Hebrew Scriptures, the story goes something like this. About five thousand years ago one day, the Jewish God decided to create everything.

It took Him / God six days to create everything.

God / He takes a day off, which is referred to as Sunday.

– I guess there must have been labor laws back then. –

One day Adam, wandering around in heaven and bored out of his mind goes to the Lord, God Himself and said, – Lord I am lonely and horny. The Lord then reached and busted in Adam’s chest, took out one of his ribs and turned it into a woman named Eve.

Adam and Eve now get to have heavenly sex. They hang around and about having a jolly good time. Until one day, the evil bastard, disguised as a snake signaled Eve to come close.

Genesis 3.1 – Hebrew: The snake was the shrewdest of all the wild beasts that the Lord God had made. He said to Eve, – Did God really say: You shall not eat of any apple tree in the garden? –

Eve replied to the snake, – We may eat of the fruit of the other trees of the garden.

It is only about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said: `You shall not eat of it or touch it, lest you die.’ –

Lord God called out to Adam and said to him, – Where are you? –

Adam replied, – I heard the sound of You in the heaven, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid. –

Then God / He asked, – Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat of the tree from which I had forbidden you to eat? –

Adam said, – The woman, Eve put it at my side—she gave me of the fruit, and I ate. –

Lord God said to Eve, – What is this you have done? – Then Eve replied, – The snake tricked me, and I ate. –

Lord God said to Adam, – I will set spite, anger and hostility between you and between the woman and between your offspring and her offspring; he will watch out for your head, and you will watch out for his heel. –

Lord God said to Eve, – I will make most severe your pangs in childbearing; in pain shall you bear children. Yet your urge shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you. –

To Adam He said, – Because you did as Eve said, and ate of the apple tree about which I commanded you, `You shall not eat of it,’ Cursed be the ground because of you; By toil shall you eat of it all the days of your life.

The furious God expelled Adam and Eve, threw them out of heaven. Adam and Eve landed in the Garden of Eden (today’s Persian Gulf) and began their lives.

I know what you are thinking. Who would want to live in the Persian Gulf Region? Aside from that, now Adam had to find a job, an apartment to support his family. He had already knocked up Eve and in a short period of time they ended up having three kids, two sons and a daughter.

Soon after Adam & Eve settled down they had three (3) children, two (2) boys and one (1) girl. The first murder of supposed fictitious human race took place when Adam’s and Eve’s oldest son supposedly, in an act of rivalry and jealousy killed his own brother to shack up with his own sister, and that is how human race began to come about.

I don’t even want to bore you with the impossibilities of the above story of Adam and Eve, the inbreeding impossibilities and millions of other things wrong with this dim-witted story.

Aside from the scientific and logical proof, one’s own common sense clearly dictates the path of life, the origin and the source of it all around us. Life began with the evolution of a single cell organism and even today, life begins with a single cell organism dividing and slowly evolving in the mother’s womb, until it’s ready for birth.

Do not believe everything you hear or read. Search and find the answers for yourself. And sorry for the long posts..