Eternal Poet

Why Not Go Skinny Dipping?

In Adam and Eve on May 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Did Adam and Eve’s imaginations lead them to visualize a life apart from God? Did they allow their imaginations to dwell on the forbidden tree? If so, was it this dwelling which led Eve to get within vicinity of it? Were they motivated by their imaginations to travel to the middle of the Garden of Eden where the Tree of Life and the forbidden tree were?

Perhaps the imagination wouldn’t have become this entity for desiring an alternative state of being had Adam and Eve obeyed God. As expansive and spacious as the Garden of Eden may have been, Adam and Eve wandered within the clutches of the forbidden tree. Was it this tree’s magnetism, or their adventurous curiosity which got them within proximity of it?

Max Lucado wrote something similar to the following: if someone places a dot on a blank sheet of paper and places the paper in front of you, then your eyes will automatically be drawn to the dot. Too bad Adam and Eve couldn’t bathe in the beauty that surrounded them. Instead, they were drawn to the dot on the piece of paper: the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

As it turns out, since Adam and Eve were in proximity of the forbidden tree, they were also within proximity of the Tree of Life. Genesis 2:9 tells us that in the middle of the garden stood the Tree of Life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In all the discussion about both trees, i’ve never read scripture in which God demanded they choose one fruit over the other. No mandate was established. He only set a parameter by telling Adam, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). God set a command.

God couldn’t have been more straight forward in telling Adam he’d die. You’d think if Death is attached to something, then it would be enough to keep one’s curiosity away from that something. i wonder if Adam and Eve could fully comprehend Death. Were their imaginations active enough to foresee the consequences of disobeying a command? Did they know God well enough to take Him at His word?

There was no need for them to debate about the pros and cons of each tree. God didn’t give them a deadline to have one tree chosen by sundown. Even so, God highly encouraged Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Life by discouraging them not to eat from the forbidden tree. There’s still a question of why God didn’t intervene when they were near the evil fruit. Why did God keep His distance at that most crucial moment in Time?

This question doesn’t deserve an answer. If it had to be answered the answer would be: they should’ve just obeyed. Nicholas Wolterstorff says, “God has the right to ask obedience, man the responsibility to obey” (Art in Action, p75). It was Adam and Eve’s own will that not only gravitated them to the center of the garden but also led them into sin. Couldn’t they’ve gone for a swim? Adam or Eve should’ve suggested to go skinny dipping instead of lingering around that forbidden tree.

i may sound silly saying that, but had they pursued each other instead of the forbidden tree, they may have avoided sin. i wonder what marriage meant to them. i mean God had just given them a blessing to have sex and instead they wander through the jungle. Perhaps they were on a romantic stroll and ended up at the center of the garden.

Francis A. Schaeffer discusses the necessity of relationship in his book Genesis in Space and Time. Schaeffer writes, “Two great drives are built into man. The first is his need for a relationship to God, and the second his need for a relationship to the opposite sex” (p86). Adam’s need to be in relation with Eve and hold her captivation seemed to be a challenge for him. Adam may not have known how to interact intimately with Eve. When i think deeper into the matter, i see how he didn’t hold Eve’s attention. She got distracted and began a conversation with a snake. Did Eve play hard to get to the point where Adam decided not to get? Maybe this is how Eve found comfort in conversing with the serpent. At least the serpent gave her attention.

Then again, Adam may have intentionally taken Eve to the forbidden tree to show her which tree not to eat from. He may have naively set his own trap. Still, it comes down to the fact that they didn’t go skinny dipping. That’s a real shame!

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  1. Very very interesting and exciting to read.!!! The imagination is a gift which we use everyday without thinking about it’s power of influence in our everyday life. You have inspired mine today I can only hope I can inspired someone today with my imagination!

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