Saturday, March 23, 2013

Adam And Eve: Truth and Unity

Fr. Dale Matson

“And Adam said this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:23-24, KJV)

In the Garden of Eden, before the fall of Adam and Eve, God declared all things that He had made as good. In creating Eve as a helpmate for Adam, God established a complimentary relationship between Adam and Eve. Even though they were different, they were unified. They were both distinct from one another but remained one flesh. There was a sacramental unity.

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2: 16-17) Here God established the law of the Garden. It was good and true.

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.” Here Eve is confused (deceived) by the serpent and exchanged a lie from the serpent for the truth of God.  

 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat,” (Genesis 3:6a) Eve disobeyed God and introduced sin with her innovation. Eve and Adam were no longer one flesh. There was no longer unity.

“And gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” (Genesis 3:6b)

Adam was not deceived and knew better. “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” (1st Timothy 2:14) So why did Adam eat of the forbidden fruit if he was not deceived? He ate for the sake of unity. Eve was manipulated by the serpent through her senses and acquisitiveness. Adam intentionally sinned as he looked at a fallen Eve and wanted to reestablish unity with her. In so doing, they both fell into sin (error). He accepted her innovation for the sake of unity, and the truth of God that they rejected became a judgment from God.

We have the truth of Scripture, the creeds of the councils of the church, the traditions of the church and Reason informed by God. There is clarity. If some, through their vanity and arrogance become confused, they will be manipulated and beguiled to grasp for something more. They will go beyond what is necessary and embrace what is forbidden. In this confusion they will seek unity; unity at the expense of truth. The siren call to ‘reconciliation’ is for unity not truth. We must not make the choice of Adam to sin for the sake of unity. If we do, we will be no different than Adam.  

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” (1st Corinthians 13:6)

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