Is the Tree of Good and Evil really that bad?
I had a light-bulb moment when I read the mechanical translation of the Genesis authored by Jeff Benner, an expert in ancient Hebrew. You can check it out here.
Jeff translates the original Hebrew of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, ets ha da`ath towb o’ra`, as the Tree of Discernment of Function and Dysfunction. Sounds odd? Not really, because we are in the Genesis – the Book of Creation. At one point in time, God introduced mankind to the secrets of creation – wow!? Actually, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, since we are creating like hell, aren’t we? We don’t create worlds like God did, but on a planetary scale, we are pretty amazing artists and inventors.
The tree of good and evil is actually the tree of science and technology.
How can we take advantage of this tree? Can the Genesis tell us something modern scientists don’t know? Let’s have a look! All trees in Eden were said to cause cravings for show or prompt our eyes to yearn. I interpret these odd phrases as allusions to nature’s beauty that never ceases to delight us. By the way, nature’s beauty can be measured and re-engineered: check out the occurrence of the Golden Ratio in nature.
It was also detailed that all trees in Eden were functional for nourishment. How can knowledge nourish? Understanding doesn’t feed our bodies, but our souls – we don’t live by bread alone.
While nothing more was said about the Tree of Life (except that it’s at Eden’s center), it was detailed that the Tree of Discernment also induces a craving for calculations. That’s science and technology again: we are startled by appearances, longing to understand, eager to calculate invisible laws working behind the scene.
Hmm … so far this is old news. But how about God’s warning to stay away from this tree? The fruit of understanding comes with two catches: the first is death. But don’t worry, that catch didn’t turn out to be true. God warned Adam, mankind, that the very same day he ate the fruit of the knowledge of creation he would surely die a dying. But Adam didn’t die the same day, in fact, he lived another 930 years. Why did God lie or didn’t He? Could it be that there’s a deeper meaning to the phrase ‘to die a dying’?
The second catch is the awareness of nudity and the introduction of shame. Why should knowledge make us ashamed? Another strange clue. Well, the shame in question refers to sexuality (Adam and Aisha covered their loins – nothing else). How is sexuality connected to creativity? Rumors have it that our sexual energy fuels mental creativity and even spirituality if properly stored and directed. If you’re interested, check out Kamasutra and Tantric Sex.
The structure of the Tree of Discernment of Function and Dysfunction had been kept secret throughout the centuries. It has been part of Moses’ oral tradition, which surfaced many centuries after Jesus Christ – around 900 years ago.
By now, this mysterious tree has been described many times. Books have been written about it. Space forbids to go into details; so, I stick to the highlights: principally, the tree has ten fruits and twenty-two branches; however, it can be permutated or fractalized in order to explain phenomena and situations. Since I understood how this tree works, I never had a problem putting things into perspective.
The interesting thing is that this tree doesn’t only tell us how the universe works, but also how our souls and personalities tick. Even more astonishing is the claim that both – the universe and we – are working in exactly the same way. That’s definitely mind-blowing: understand how you function and you understand how the universe operates – what a strange statement is that? That would mean that the Tree of Discernment of Function and Dysfunction is inside us. Is that why Jesus emphasized that the Kingdom of Heaven is within? Could it be that we have been carrying around the secrets of creation all these times without knowing it?
Many Biblical matters are not what they seem on first sight. On a closer look, the Bible is remarkably mysterious, almost surreal. Intrigued? Stay tuned, we’ll publish more peculiarities soon.
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