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February 15, 2013

The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

According to the Christian’s Bible, eating from this tree was what got Adam and Eve expelled from the Garden of Even, a real paradise. Eating from that tree also enlightened both of them as to issues of good and evil. This was not an endarkening but an enlightening. They could tell the difference between good and evil. One might ask why this was forbidden knowledge, because surely God was good, wasn’t he? What was there to hide? Ah, so many mysteries, but that is not my point . . . today.

Fast forward from the writing of the Bible about 1500 years and you will find that there was a small war surrounding the publishing of the Holy Bible in affordable editions. A little while later, there was another war over publishing versions of the Bible translated into the vernacular (local languages like German, French, and English) instead of Latin, which most people could not read.

My point is that the vast majority of people subject to the Bible (The Catholic Church had its own police and, yes, they had the authority to torture you, even burn you alive.) were largely ignorant of the contents of the Bible because they could not read it. The reasons were tow: most were illiterate and most didn’t have access to a copy of the Bible.

The reason clerical authorities didn’t want the hoi polloi reading the Bible, well there are quite nasty things in it: like God-sanctioned genocides, selling of one’s female children and what constitutes a good price, etc.

Only 500 years after the Enlightenment and the publication of Christian holy books that all could read, the grip of Christianity has slipped greatly.

What we do not know can hurt us. Our current government’s practice of making everything “top secret” so that we can’t see it is much like the first 1500 years of Christianity during which we were required to ask a priest what the Bible said.

It is no better now than it was then. If you do not believe this, look you to the information Wikileaks provided about the War in Iraq, about the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens who got killed and somehow didn’t make it into the official tallies, about the outright war crimes committed in our name, etc.

I want to know exactly what our government says and does, nothing more, nothing less. That they will need to redact out people’s names to prevent the exposure of secret agents and secret sites is somewhat okay, but tell me what is being done in my name, targeted killings, er, assassinations, all of it.

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3 Comments »

  1. tree of knowledge of good and bad was not knowledge of what God’s laws were but the right to decide what right and wrong is, otherwise god would of been unjust in punishing them for eating that fruit. they took it upon themselves to rule over themselves and thus denied Gods right to do so. been a miserable time every since. this is why there are so many problems everyone wants to decide what is truth, lie, right wrong good or bad.problem, no one agrees on this hence wars, conflict and inability to solve even the most basic of human problems.

    Comment by roberta4949 — February 15, 2013 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

    • There is nothing in the text that implies what you claim. The writers were fully capable of staing the “Tree with the Power to Decide Right from Wrong.” You can’t just make stuff up.

      Comment by stephenpruis — February 15, 2013 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

      • then Jehovah would of been unjust if he judged them for eating it if they were unaware of right and wrong. far be it for the true god to act unjustly. if they had already known right from wrong then satans temptation to eat of a tree giving the same knowledge would of been pointless and not a temptation. but independence from God surly would of been.

        Comment by roberta4949 — February 15, 2013 @ 6:47 pm | Reply


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