Myth Series No. 6

Once again The Old Fool imagines a camp fire of long ago and listens to a conversation between the creative wizened and the curious people.  The people believed that in the beginning the gods had created all the things they saw, heard, and feared.  They remembered the old story of the wizened that the God of gods created the First One of them and then a Second One. The adults of the clan observed the curiosity of the young.  They asked, Why are they so curious?

The wizened told an old story, told to them by the wizened before them. They said,  The two made one were put  in charge of a garden with many fruitful trees in it and with two special trees in middle of the garden:  The tree of Life (in the garden), and the tree of all the helpful and harmful Mysteries (to be known outside the garden).

( I am going to allow the Old Fool to remove the crafty snake from the myth of the fall as recorded in Genesis 3 .  I do not do this arbitrarily, not without reason.  For I know something that the old wizened of Genesis did not know.  I know what James. the apostle,  knew.  Human wonderment comes from one’s own native curionsity.  Driven by curiousity we gain the knowledge of evolving change.) 

The wizened said, “Now the Second One was more curious than the First One.  She wondered about and wanted to be like the God  of all gods.  One day when she walked  near the forbiddeen  tree of the knowledge of all helpful and harmful  mysteries  (outside the garden) her curiosity got the best of her.

Could eating the fruit of this tree or even touching it be the end of me? she thought.  “No, no,” she said to herself.  “The God of the gods would never make an end of me,” she thought.  Curiosly, she examined the fruit.  She touched it.  She picked it.  She ate it and she liked it.  So, she gave some to First One, and he ate it.

They had worn no clothes from the time that they were first together. After eating the fruit they unexpectedly really saw each other for the very first time.  They became aware of their sexuality.   He looked at her; she looked at him.  They were curious, very curious, and nervous of what might happen next.  So they quickly made aprons of fig leaves.  

That evening,  they heard the God of the gods walking in the garden, and they hid from the God of gods among the trees of the garden.  But the God of the gods called loudly for the First one, “Where are you?”  First One answered, “I heard you coming and ran because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And the God of the gods said, “Who told you that? Did you eat from the wrong tree?  The First Man said, “That Second One,  the one  you put here with me—she was curious, and ate some fruit. She gave me some fruit from that tree you put here, and I was curious too, so I tasted it.”

Then the God of the gods asked the Second One, “Why did you do that?”  The Second One sobbed, I was so very curious, so I ate.”  The God of the gods said to her, You are going to give birth to many babies, and each one will give you pain.  Men will take advantage of you.  But it will not be the end of you. There will come a son who will satisfy all your curiosities.  You will be like me in the end!  Your curiosity will turn out to be a blessing.

The God of the gods said to First One, “Your curiosity caused you to eat the fruit, but that will not be the end of you. You must both go outside the garden to populate the earth and to toil for the food you need. Life will be hard for you out there.  You will gain the knowledge of what helps and what harms you.

The wizened stopped talking.  He lowered his head into his hands, and sobbed quietly, as the clan somberly waited for him to speak again.  And when  he spoke, he spoke quietly.

Yes, we are all here because of their curiosity, and ours.   

Curiosity banned them  from  the garden.  Because of their curiosity we toil for the food we eat. We have plenty to eat, although  the ground   produces thorns and thistles for us,  By the sweat of our brows we toil until we return to the ground,  for dust they were and to dust we will return. Until then, our curiosity will bless us and spur us on.”

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About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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3 Responses to Myth Series No. 6

  1. Richard says:

    Speaking of wizined biblical interpretation of early Genesis, I recommend The Lost World of Genesis One by John Walton.

  2. Lloyd Gingrich says:

    Why make it so difficult? Why not take the story as recorded in the Scriptures?

    • You have asked good questions. You and I are both on quests: quest for meaning, quest for truth, quest for friendship, and so on. Questions are essential to our quests. Is it ever good to stop asking questions? My assumption is that if we all stopped with the Genesis record, we would all stop learning. Would that be good?

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