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Topic: Outbreak (04/07/11)
TITLE: The Loss of Eden.
By Gloria Pierre Dean
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Everything was perfect. You were beautiful and free.
You did not know anything but beauty, delight, peace, goodness and innocence.
You could do anything….well almost anything.
You felt that nothing was forbidden and everything was perfectly harmonious.
There was music everywhere. It was so deeply joyful. Everything seemed to sing beautiful harmonious melodies. The earth was happy. The animals and the trees were joyful. The mountains and the trees seem to clap hands as we passed by.
Imagine that! Our very generous Benefactor Yahweh Elohim visited us daily and talked with us, laughed and told us funny stories, and praised us.
I could not stop smiling. I remember that we
had tea under shady trees.
Oh, did I forget to tell you about my [oh so] gorgeous, perfect handsome hazel eyed husband?
He loved me so much and I loved him. He was perfect as I was.
“Do you think I am vain?”...
“No. I am not. I am being truthful.”
We were perfect and had a perfect life in our beautiful, perfect garden of delight and pleasure.
….But that was yesterday!
Today everything has changed.
I asked my beloved “What were we to do now?”
We were in hiding. Everything was dark and silent. The trees no longer sang. There was a sinister rustling in the air.
My hair stood on end as we hid in the bushes. We were cold. We held on to each other for comfort. We were in despair.
This was a new sensation and a living nightmare.
“Oh my dear God! How we miss Him.”
It was ‘the forbidden’ – the one ‘forbidden’…and I in my innocence and curiosity fell for that lie. I had never been lied to before. So how was I to know that the sinister, shiny, slithering serpent would change the truth so subtly?
I was tempted and I succumbed...
My Adam and I broke that one and only rule and changed everything.
We were beguiled. Now we were no longer innocent.
That fruit was not worth it.
I think I will taste the bitter sweetness of it forever.
The colors around us are all disharmonious. Beauty and innocence were lost. Like children we thought it would be okay to break this one rule. After all the lie had convinced me that it was probably a good thing to do.
“What was I thinking?” I silently yelled to my broken heart. This one act of mine would have far reaching results that time and generations would reveal.*
It was an end and a beginning.
We were expelled and we could not return.
The way back was ……
‘No, there was no way back!’ I cried out in despair.
The cherub who guarded the gates made that abundantly clear.
The beautiful kingdom of delight and pleasure that was all ours was forbidden to us. We were creatures lost in a now hostile world and it was entirely my fault.
How were we to survive?
Maybe there was hope for our children..if we had any?
Well surprise, surprise; we had two lovely sons.
They were very different temperamentally and in appearance.
Adam and I were older and wiser. I was not quite as beautiful as I once was.
Adam remained strong and still handsome and he was a kind father to our two boys.
We worked hard together growing food and tending our new not so perfect garden. Our boys seemed to occasionally have wars with each other and I wondered why they were not more in harmony with each other.
Cain was a loner and spent a lot of time growing things. Abel loved animals and the animals loved him for his kind gentle nature.
I loved both my sons.
Cain’s violence was usually directed at his younger brother; but I was so sure they would eventually be friends.
Who was to know that one day because of my one action there would be a crime committed by my own son that would result in an outbreak of murder and violence in the earth and for all mankind…*
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned--
IThen the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death.
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