To follow up my post about Adam and Eve, as I continue to muse on the subject of creativity, free will, and responsibility…I believe there is a strong possibility that God placed the Tree of Knowledge, the snake, Adam and Eve in the garden all together for a purpose. In addition to this postulate, I also conjecture that God gave Adam and Eve a set of guidelines for their behavior in the home he made for them: these are the rules, what is allowed and what is not allowed. If God forbade Adam and Eve to eat of the fruit of knowledge, perhaps it was part of his intention as a father figure to set a boundary and to know that one day, when his children were ready and sufficiently mature to go out on their own, that they would seek to break through the boundary. As I mentioned in my previous post, God made humans in his image, male and female, and as creators.
If Adam and Eve had remained in the garden and had never broken the supreme rule – had never partaken of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, culture as we know it would never have come to exist. God may have built in the probability of transgression into the garden, knowing that Adam and Eve would be tempted to know, to create for themselves. It is a parent’s satisfaction to see his or her children strike out on their own, following their own destiny. I believe that Eve was the first artist, as she was curious enough to leave an easy life of lethargy and passivity, and she was forced into self-responsibility through her creative act.
The challenge of life as a human being requires transgression if we are to live up to our full potential. No other wonderful, creative life will be the same as our own. Therefore, we all need to look inward and “sin” against our parents by living our own lives…which is the way it should be.