THE MEANING BEHIND THE MYTH OF EDEN
THE TREE IN EDEN GETTING CUT DOWN
“For, because of not knowing the righteousness of God but seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.”
Which was “the Original Sin” of mankind ( Mankind was symbolised by “Adam”)
And God went on to say:
"Here the man has become like one of us in knowing good and bad . . . "
SOME DEFINING PASSAGES
Thus God made to grow out of the ground every tree desirable to one's sight and good for food and also the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and bad. God also laid this command upon the man: "From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die."
Now the serpent proved to be the most cunning of all the wild beasts of the field that God had made. So it began to say to the woman: "Is it really so that God said you must not eat from every tree of the garden?" At this the woman said to the serpent: "Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat. But as for eating of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'you must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it that you do not die.'"
Consequently the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something to be longed for to the eyes, yes, the tree was desirable to look upon. So she began taking of its fruit and eating it. Afterward she gave some also to her husband when with
her and he began eating it.
Later they heard the voice of God walking in the garden about the breezy part of the day, and the man and his wife went into hiding from the face of God in between the trees of the garden. At that he said: "Who told you that you were naked? From the tree from which I commanded you not to eat have you eaten?" And the man went on to say: "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree and so I ate." And to Adam he said: "Because you listened to your wife's voice and took to eating from the tree concerning which I gave you this command, 'You must not eat from it,' cursed is the ground on your account. In pain you will eat its produce all the days of your life. And God went on to say: "Here the man has become like one of us in knowing good and bad, and now in order that he may not put his hand out and actually take fruit also from the tree of life and eat and live to time indefinite,-"
TREE CUT DOWN EXAMPLES
"In case you lay siege to a city many days by fighting against it so as to capture it, you must not ruin its trees by wielding an axe against them; for you should eat from them, and you must not cut them down, for is the tree of the field a man to be besieged by you? Only a tree that you know is not a tree for food, it is the one you should ruin, and you must cut it down and build siege works against the city that is making war with you, until it falls.
For there exists hope for even a tree. If it gets cut down, it will even sprout again, And its own twig will not cease to be.
There is one whose business is to cut down cedars; and he takes a certain species of tree, even a massive tree, and he lets it become strong for himself among the trees of the forest. He planted the laurel tree, and the pouring rain itself keeps making
it get big.
"'Now the visions of my head upon my bed I happened to be beholding, and, look! a tree in the midst of the earth, the
height of which was immense. The tree grew up and became strong, and its very height finally reached the heavens, and it was
visible to the extremity of the whole earth. Its foliage was fair, and its fruit was abundant, and there was food for all on it. Under it the beast of the field would seek shade, and on its boughs the birds of the heavens would dwell, and from it all
flesh would feed itself.
"'I continued beholding in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, look! a watcher, even a holy one, coming down from the heavens themselves. He was calling out loudly, and this is what he was saying: "CHOP THE TREE DOWN, AND CUT OFF ITS BOUGHS. SHAKE OFF ITS FOLIAGE, AND SCATTER ITS FRUITAGE. LET THE BEAST FLEE FROM UNDER IT, AND THE BIRDS FROM ITS BOUGHS. However, leave its rootstock itself in the earth, even with a banding of iron and of copper, among the grass of the field; and with the dew of the heavens let it be wet, and with the beast let its portion be among the vegetation of the earth. Let its heart be changed from that of mankind, and let the heart of a beast be given to it, and let seven times pass over it.
"'The tree that you beheld, that grew great and became strong and the height of which finally reached the heavens and which was visible to all the earth, and the foliage of which was fair, and the fruit of which was abundant, and on which there was food for all; under which the beasts of the field would dwell, and on the boughs of which the birds of the heavens would reside, it is you, O king, because you have grown great and become strong, and your grandeur has grown great and reached to the heavens, and your rulership to the extremity of the earth.
"'And because the king beheld a watcher, even a holy one, coming down from the heavens, who was also saying: "CHOP THE TREE DOWN, AND RUIN IT. However, leave its rootstock itself in the earth, but with a banding of iron and of copper, among the grass of the field, and with the dew of the heavens let it become wet, and with the beasts of the field let its portion be until SEVEN TIMES seven times themselves pass over it," this is the interpretation, O king, and the decree of the Most High is that which must befall my lord the king.
Therefore, O king, may my counsel seem good to you, and remove your own sins by righteousness, and your iniquity by showing mercy to the poor ones. Maybe there will occur a lengthening of your prosperity.'"
"Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, am praising and exalting and glorifying the King of the heavens, because all his works are truth and his ways are justice, and because those who are walking in pride he is able to humiliate."
Already the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree, then, that does not produce fine fruit is to be cut down and thrown into the fire.
"Be on the watch for the false prophets that come to you in sheep's covering, but inside they are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will recognize them. Never do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they? Likewise every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit; a good tree cannot bear worthless fruit, neither can a rotten tree produce fine fruit. Every tree not producing fine fruit gets cut down and thrown into the fire. Really, then, by their fruits you will recognize those men.
"Either you people make the tree fine and its fruit fine or make the tree rotten and its fruit rotten; for by its fruit the tree is known.
Therefore he began to say to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him: "You offspring of vipers, who has intimated to you to flee from the coming wrath? Therefore produce fruits that befit repentance. And do not start saying within yourselves, 'As a father we have Abraham.' For I say to you that God has power to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Indeed, the axe is already in position at the root of the trees; every tree, therefore, not producing fine fruit is to be cut down and thrown into the fire."
Then he went on to tell this illustration: "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it, but found none. Then he said to the vinedresser, 'Here it is three years that I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, but have found none. Cut it down! Why really should it keep the ground useless?'
In reply he said to him, 'Master, let it alone also this year, until I dig around it and put on manure; and if then it produces fruit in the future, well and good; but if not, you shall cut it down.'"
AND.. A LAST PASSAGE TO SUM UP....
“So, flee from the desires incidental to youth (meaning “the desire” for mankind’s infantile laws and traditions), but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, along with those who call upon the Lord out of a clean heart.”