It is the single question that can instantly strike fear in just about anyone.  Why?  Because we don’t know if we will have the right answer… or even a good answer that will satisfy the questioner’s curiosity.

Still I will ask.

In the Garden of Eden

Why did God say:

“You may eat indeed of all the trees in the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you are not to eat.”

Genesis 2:17

Why would that be a sin?  Knowledge of good and evil sounds like it should/would be a good thing.  And why do we call this original sin?  How does that shape us today?

I don’t need faith.

My thought-train is going down the track named Need-for-Certainty… or better yet Control-the-Data.

I wonder if God was trying to warn us / prevent us / steer-us-away from the “lust for certitude, an undue need for explanation, resolution and answers.”  {see page 38 in Things Hidden}

Think about it.  This hunger for knowledge… well and good it may be… makes faith virtually impossible.  If I have all the answers and I understand good and evil, then I don’t need faith.  I have intellectual reason.

So maybe it really is an “original sin.”  Because it does keep us separated from God.  Not in the sense of us doing naughty deeds… but in the sense of us convincing ourselves that we don’t need God as much as we actually do.

Maybe we could call it the “first sin” because it’s #1 on the list of things we do that open the chasm between God and us.

We were warned.

I think God must have known that we would give into temptation that day.  We were warned.  God was saying… Let me control the data.  Let me decide what is good and bad.

But no.  Ultimately humankind thought itself capable… and we continue to think ourselves capable everyday.

We are definitely a judgmental people.  No doubt about it.

Shift –> Non-Dual

God is inviting all of humanity to live inside of a common humility… to hold the ambiguity, the inconsistencies and the beautiful brokenness of all things… instead of insisting on dividing reality into the good guys and the bad guys.  It is our ultimate act of solidarity with humanity.   {see page 38 in Things Hidden again}

It will require a shift in us from dual thinking to non-dual thinking… from separating everything into categories of ‘Like’ and ‘Unlike’ to holding it all in one embrace of the tension-between-opposites.

It’s a huge shift for people made of mud-and-spit.  But God must have thought us capable to have set us in the Garden of Eden in the first place.


About Elaine Menardi

Heading off on a new adventure! I solve problems and make ideas happen.

2 responses »

  1. Ronald of Richmond says:

    You are becoming/have become an exemplary R & R disciple. Refreshing!!

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