It Had to be Eve
Why is it that in the Genesis story of Adam and Eve it is Eve who tempts Adam? If someone of one gender is to do the tempting and the other gender is the one tempted, why isn’t it Adam who tempts Eve?
In the story, Adam, the first man, is living with Eve, the first woman, in a beautiful garden that they are to tend. (I’m not going to explore the whole story. My focus here is on male-female relationship, the roles men and women play with one another.)
The story quotes God’s directive to 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 from it you will certainly die.”
Aside from any religious beliefs or doctrines, I believe that the story holds a profound truth: It is Eve who tempts Adam because it is largely the woman who controls human evolution. She is the one who incubates the unborn child. She carries the child inside her own body, in a space that was designed specifically for that purpose. Everything that she is, everything that she eats, everything that she chooses, influences the programming that the child brings into the world. This is why Eve is interested in knowing the difference between good and evil.
It is the knowledge of what is beneficial and what is harmful that informs our choices, and it is our choices that determine who and what we will become. And choices are scary. Whenever we choose one course of action, we are rejecting another one. How do we know what to choose?
God wasn’t joking. When we make choices, we are going into the unknown, and the uncertainty can feel like death. But Eve is willing to take the risk, and she wants her mate to take the risk with her. What a wonderful opportunity this is for both of them!
P.S. In case you’re wondering what Eve is doing with the serpent, the snake is an ancient symbol for the transmutation of the SOUL, the growth and shedding of skin that is required for achieving wholeness.
This website is about following in Eve’s footsteps. It is all about making choices.
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