I look for Rational down-to-earth explanations for religious ideas
We can all easily figure out the “earth is 5,000 years old” stuff - ancient people had little knowledge of the world and if you lived back then 5,000 years would sound like a lot
Primitive people living under Kings/Dictators made God using them as a template - He sits on a THRONE in the Heavens, Heaven is his KINGDOM. To get in, one must assure him of our loyalty and obedience. He demands that you be loyal to him and him only or else!
Think Putin and you get the idea - imagine that - in the 21st century the top God is Putin!
But these are the ideas of primitive people living in much different times, can’t blame them for such ideas
But the fact that such ideas are being blindly followed by even the best of minds of the 21st century shows the incredible brainwashing power of religion
So to get to the Topic Subject - is there a rational view of Heaven? And what’s up with Adam & Eve?
To me it is clear that this is about Nostalgia, a yearning for the happy days that we lost
Quite a lot of people look back to their youth and recall it as those “simple, happy days when everything was perfect”
And yes it was! We were Kids then! I don’t know about the rest of you, but my childhood was wonderful! We were not rich but kids don’t care much about money - I had loving parents, loving siblings and coming from an Indian family lots of uncles and aunts and cousins
We were fed, sheltered, protected and cared for - the troubles of life kept away from us
I know that my mothers life was not pleasant but she made sure that we never felt any of it
We ate, studied a bit and played - food and drink ready whenever we wanted
Mom and Dad ever-ready to comfort us when we felt down, shield us from the big, bad real world - we lived in a bubble!
And it is this Nostalgia for the days gone past that religion exploits - this idea is so powerful that even Buddhists believe in it - the so-called “Atheist Religion”
A magic Sugar Daddy is waiting for us - after we get down on our knees, cry a few croc tears of remorse, he will nicely forgive us and then it is easy living for eternity!
We will be fed, sheltered, protected and cared for and of course kept away from the big, bad real world! No more worries about climate change, covid19, drugs, wars, the Putins of the world, job losses(something my father faced but here again we were protected from its effects), health issues, natural disasters and so much more!
We get to be helpless children again, but this time forever! We get back to living in a bubble!
How about that brainwashing power of religion? This concept of Heaven even got to Buddhists!
So we get to the story of Adam & Eve - here clearly we can see that Adam is in the womb or describing life as a child - he is naked, pure, innocent, fed, sheltered, protected & cared for. He does not have a care in the world! He lives in a nice bubble
Eve represents either the Mother or the Lover
The Apple represents Life
Once he eats it, he begins life, he is kicked out of this warm and caring womb into a cold, hard world!
Of course as a child he is still in another womb, someone still feeds, protects, shelters and cares for him and of course keeps him away from the big, bad real world!
But as he grows up, he feels ashamed of his nakedness and learns to cover himself up
He grows up, he is pure no more! He has “fallen”