Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Cast: Adam, the Greens keeper

Maybe you are not keen on this much Bible study but I assure you that the purpose here is to emphasise the presence of ET's and spacecrafts, as they are found in the Bible, and so, of course, we must look at the Bible.

The previous posts have looked at the setting for this drama; we have studied the premises which are the foundation of this blog.  Now let's look at the cast of biblical characters, starting with Adam and Eve.  

Why Humans?

Why did the Gods create humans?  For years we have been told that Jehovah (the one God) created humans so that He would have someone to fellowship with.  It is "sorta" hard to imagine that the Great, Eternal, Omnipotent power could be lonely and need human fellowship!   However, if we see the Gods of the Bible as being ET's, it is easy to see other reasons than loneliness for creating humans.  

Here is an example: the ET's workload was too heavy and they needed help?  I will create man who shall inhabit the earth, That the service of the gods may be established, and that their shrines may be built.
Enûma Eliš, Tablet 1, lines 7-9

According to some scholars, Moses borrowed from the Atrahasis Epic, to write his own version of mankind’s relationship to the gods.  

The Atrahasis is the Akkadian/Babylonian epic of the Great Flood sent by the gods to destroy human life. Only the good man, Atrahasis (his name translates as `exceedingly wise') was warned of the impending deluge by the god Ea who instructed him to build an ark to save himself.

Part of that epic, says;

When the gods, manlike,
Bore the labor, carried the load,
The gods' load was great,
The toil grievous, the toil excessive.

… Create a human to bear the yoke…

Let man carry the load of the gods. 

Moses stated the same thought in these more familiar words, and there was no man to till the ground; ... And the Lord God formed man. Gen. 2:6-7.  The Gods made mankind so that the Gods would not have to plough their own fields. 

God said, Let us make man in our image. When that was done, the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. Gen. 2:15-16.  Even the Bible tells us that the Gods created humans to help them with the physical labour.

Adam ends up looking after the garden, doing the menial work, for The Ones who had created him.  Actually, this action, on the part of the ET's, is not at all out of line with what engineers are doing today.  Genetic engineers are miles ahead of what most of us can imagine in changing life forms.  We also have intelligent, thinking machines all around us; robots that do much of our thinking and our work for us.  It is just that, for the most part, they are not in human form, yet.

The parallels between the stories of Enkidu/Shamhat and Adam/Eve have been long recognized by scholars. In both, a man is created from the soil by a god, and lives in a natural setting amongst the animals. He is introduced to a woman who tempts him. In both stories, the man accepts food from the woman, covers his nakedness, and must leave his former realm, unable to return. The presence of a snake that steals a plant of immortality from the hero later in the epic is another point of contact. 
Wikipedia, The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Physical Comfort for the Gods

However, help with the workload may not have been all that the gods were looking for.  At least Jehovah, an ET, enjoyed the fellowship He had with Adam, in the cool of the day, in the Garden of Eden.  It is interesting that the Lord enjoyed walking in the garden in the cool of the day.  If He is not physical, how is it that the ambient temperature affects Him?

If we see Jehovah as a benevolent ET it is easy to imagine that He wanted this feeling of closeness with Adam and Eve to continue.  However, after Adam was guilty of disobeying distinct instructions, that closeness was severely hampered.  It was then that Jehovah decided that since Adam could not be trusted he was no longer fit to look after the garden.  

As the Bible is written, it is true that throughout the Bible Jehovah still communicated with chosen individuals, but, not so much as friends as to give laws or instructions and warnings. 

The close communion for the general public was forever gone, but Enoch walked with God.

There will be more about Enoch later.

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