Adam, Eve and that Snake
Adam, Eve and that Snake
The first post in The Chicktionary is yes, loosely based on a bible story. This has nothing to do with religion, this is an illustration inspired by a story I once heard at Sunday School. Not the one about the old mate that spent like a hundred years building a boat, or the one about the other old mate that apparently parted the seas with his rod (I laugh every time I say rod, because if you picture Moses with his pants down… ok I should move on).
The only reason I have hand picked a bible story is because it’s a wild story and why not start with a bit of wild, child? I haven’t opened with a bible story to draw comparisons between The Chicktionary and the actual Bible that was written by actual God. Glad I’ve cleared that up.
Whether you believe this happened, or whether you think it’s a made up story, it does make you think about our nature. Let me explain. (I have paraphrased this story and there is not one bible quote, promise).
In the beginning blah blah blah… So humankind is created. Wahla! Adam and Eve arrive on planet Earth. I imagine them to be perfectly suited like Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris (please never break up my favourite celebrity couple). So A&E are cruising around the Garden of Eden, my guess is that it's like Elysium (for those of you haven’t seen the Matt Damon movie, it’s a perfect world, with perfectly perfect everything). So there they are, hanging out in the garden just doing life together and there is only one rule that the big man (being God/the boss/creator of the universe) has. Just one tiny rule. Don’t eat from that tree. You can eat from all the other trees, you can build slip and slides, make tree houses, adopt the animals, go for romantic walks, walk around nude, everywhere, all the time nude, whatever you like, just do NOT eat from that ONE tree. Simple. Sounds like a pretty fun time was had in the garden, until good ol’ Eve decides to chow down on a piece of fruit from, yep you guessed it, the one tree they were told not too. Oops.
She reckons a serpent tricked her into it. Ok Eve. The point is she did the one thing she wasn’t meant to do. Hmmmm. This is apparently where the wheels fell off the good life and sin entered the world, let’s skip over the whole ‘the snake made me do it’ saga and unpack what’s really going on here.
I have heard this story a million times and you know what, I kinda dig Eve. She is living proof that perhaps it’s in our very nature to want to bend the rules. Maybe we are born rebels. Perhaps going against the grain is what our instinct craves. Eve is the very first example of saying ‘talk to the hand Mr (or lady)’. She did things her own way. Yeah sure, there were some disastrous consequences, but she didn’t settle for being told. She had to taste and see for herself. That is what this life is about. You don’t have to be dictated to, you can remain a curious cat. Its how we learn, it’s how we grow. Your mess becomes your message. Remember that.
I just want to take a moment to draw a VERY large line in the sand. I am talking about bending the rules here not committing crimes. You are a smart person and you know the difference between right and wrong. This was a case of Eve finding out her own way. Eve ate an apple and the world is now doomed, but in that moment, did she unleash the power of choice, did she unlock a turn of events that are still unfolding, is that how much of an effect our simple choices can have on the world? Imagine if the effect of her choice was not world destruction but people’s empowerment. Perhaps we should give her a bit of cred.
A final thought, it would have been super boring after a while in that garden, think about it, Adam and Eve and some fig trees, no wipeout course, no Instagram, not even a Weber BBQ. I probably would have eaten that flippin’ apple too.