Apparently, there was a rebel spirit floating in the universe that wanted to annoy God - probably much like a tiny fly flitting about - irritating but nothing serious.
This mischievous spirit shapeshifted itself into a Serpent. Cee Cee actually gets to know him quite well. Remember Cee Cee is my fictionalized dove who witnessed creation.
Cee Cee watches the Serpent tempt Adam and Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit of the tree of good and chaos.
The Serpent says to the woman, “You will not certainly die. For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
They take the fruit to eat it.
Cee Cee notices how the chaos in the fruit immediately changes their DNA. It fragments them, and destroys their perfect, loving and just world that they were familiar with. They are traumatized.
Remember Adam and Eve were created just a little higher than the animal. They were not divine human beings and not in any way capable of handling the responsibility of the vibrating combination of good and chaos. The act of consuming this fruit, made of two battling substances, promoted Adam and Eve far beyond their own capabilities and their comprehension.
They are noticeably traumatized, so the first thing they do is to arm themselves with fig leaves, flee into the forest and hide.
God sensed something was amiss immediately when he came to earth for his regular visit. He asks questions. There has been a huge shift in the universe - fragile creature has been injected with a potion of vibrating good and evil. It probably was a surprise to the Serpent and to God that Adam and Eve didn’t explode into fireworks - or a million pieces.
This was a huge victory for the Serpent. I personally wonder if the Serpent didn't take advantage of this moment and brand us with his image when he gained authority over us just like God branded us with his image when he created us as human beings. The reptilian brain looks slightly reptilian - fascinating.
We know that the Serpent lied to Adam and Eve, when he said they wouldn't die...because physically they did die. But was the Serpent telling the truth when he said, "For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil?”
What if Adam and Eve became like God? What if we, because we now inhabit both good and evil (while God is good and limited by his goodness) have some strange powers that take us out of the control of both the Serpent and God? Is this why we have the power to choose?
What do we do with that? That makes our choices incredibly important and all powerful.
This puts God in a very precarious position. He has been betrayed and forced into a negotiating/partnership with a lying serpent – the worst possible nightmare for a good God. He is put into a position where he could lose control of his creation if he allows Adam and Eve to exist compromised.
We know from scripture; God is tempted to destroy his creation. But it isn't an easy choice, God is still loyal and in love with his creation so he makes a few changes to contain the vibrating good and evil, sets up a plan of redemption for them - then waits.
If this is true, does this mean that human beings, though corrupted and vibrating, now hold a potential to have a more intimate and fuller relationship with God - more equal than anyone could have imagined before? This situation holds so much potential - and so much pain. Especially for us who are not only holding the tension of good and evil in our frail bodies but are now caught in the continuing cosmic war between the Serpent and God. No wonder we suffer!
God chooses us. He honors Adam and Eve's choice. He deliberately limits himself.
Then like a loving father, God has to let go -- let it play out - hoping that one day the prodigal son will return.
"For God so loved the world....."
O thou great, unknown Power! Thou Almighty God, who hast lighted up reason in my breast and blessed me with immortality! I have frequently wandered from that order and regularity necessary for the perfection of thy works, yet thou hast never left me nor forsaken me. - Robert Burns