Adam and Eve: fact or fable?

 

 

ďAdam was created in the image of God as man, and woman was given unto him as his helper. As such, My children, man must always be the head of the household. There shall not be strength in a home divided." - Our Lady, July 15, 1978

 

The world often cries out, "Adam and Eve is just a nice old fable, you don't really believe it, do you?" Remarkably, many Catholics, among them theologians, have given in to the voice of the world, and allowed themselves to fall into disbelief. To some this matter seems of little importance, but to the spiritual eye much is at stake in the account of Adam and Eve, even the Roman Catholic Church itself. If you take away Adam's existence, his fall from grace, his sin--original sin at that--you, in turn, take away the need of mankind for redemption, undermine Christ's death on the cross, thereby taking away the need for the Catholic Church. Without the need of redemption, why would the world need a Church that claims to be the dispenser of those graces Christ won for us via the sacraments? Questions such as these, if answered wrongly, can lead to an emptiness and destruction of faith, and to the raising of man as a god unto himself.

A good look at the account of Adam and Eve brings out a powerful army of indispensable truths. The great evil of sin, original sin, redemption, our descendency from Adam and Eve, God's mercy and justice, Mary's role as Mother, Co-redemptress and as the Immaculate Conception, the existence of the Devil, The institution of Marriage, the need for God's grace and other vitally important teachings are denoted, either specifically or by implication in this account. However, as important as these topics may be in this reflection, we will now focus on the fact of the existence of Adam and Eve, their sin and its effects on us all as divinely revealed in the Book of Genesis.

First of all, no matter what modern man may say, there was a set of first parents, Adam and Eve, and that we came from them is a reality that we need to believe. Clearly, Holy Scripture tells us of Eve, "... She became the mother of all the living." (Gen 3:20) That means of all of us! And the Book of Wisdom tells us Adam is the "first formed father of the world." (Wis 10:1) Further, if one traces the genealogies as found in chapters five and ten of Genesis, they will have to come to the conclusion that we all came from Adam. To top this off, the authority of Holy Mother Church is fully with us. In that great encyclical letter Humani Generis, Pope Pius XII tells Catholics, "For the faithful cannot embrace that opinion which maintains either that after Adam there existed on this earth true men who did not take their origin through natural generation from him as from the first parent of all, or that Adam represents a certain number of first parents." Furthermore, both Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II have proclaimed the same truth. Truly, how clearly these Holy Fathers have spelled it out: we all came from Adam and Eve.


More troubling to many a modern man is the fact of sin, which he often seeks to deny with all his heart. Psychologists, talk show hosts, and newspaper writers cry out with an often too common voice: there is no sin, or they explain away sin, or give a whole new nonsensical meaning to the word sin, as to take away its true meaning. In spite of what the world may clamor, real sin is the great act against right reason, against God which Adam and Eve sadly committed. In their case it was with perfectly free will, full consent, and grave matter thereby making it mortal. Scripture relates that the devil tempted Eve, saying, "For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, you eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as gods..." (Gen 3:5) From there, the sacred writer tells of the great fall, "And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave to her husband, who did eat." (Gen 3:6) Surely, this eating of the forbidden fruit was an action which was the outcome of an interior disposition of rebellion against God's will. God had commanded Adam and Eve, "Of every tree of paradise thou shalt eat. But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat. For in what day soever thou shalt eat of it, thou shalt die the death." (Gen 2:16-17) By this defiance of God's holy order, sin, "the knowledge of good and evil," had entered the world. As St. Paul tells us, "For as by the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners..." (Rm 5:19) and, "Wherefore as by one man sin entered into this world, and by sin death; and so death passed upon all men, in whom all have sinned." (5:12)
 

All nature rebelled and groaned at such a sight as sin and became permanently wounded. Adam and Eve received the death penalty; they would have to die the death, they lost their original holiness and justice, they lost sanctifying grace--God's life in their souls--and the gates of paradise closed on them. Genesis describes some of the results of this tragedy. To the woman God said: "I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children." (Gen 3:16) To Adam God said, "...cursed is the earth of thy work: with labor and toil shalt thou eat thereof all the days of thy life." (Gen 3:17) And God told of death, "...for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return." (Gen 3:19) And further along the Scripture trail it is related, "And the Lord God sent him out of the paradise of pleasure...." (Gen 3:23)


Fortunately, God in His great mercy forgave Adam's sin, but in His justice He was to allow the consequences of that sin to live on and, in fact, be passed on to future generations. This sin we inherit from Adam is called original sin and we are all infected with it from the moment of conception, until we are cleansed by the waters of Baptism. The Church's new catechism states, "Revelation gives us the certainty of faith that the whole of human history is marked by the original fault freely committed by our first parents."
 

Pope Pius XII expressed the truth about original sin, proclaiming with the Church's authority, "...original sin, which proceeds from a sin actually committed by an individual Adam and which through generation is passed on to all and is in everyone as his own." Again, Pius XII leaves no room for doubt.
 

For us, the account of Adam and Eve, the account of original sin found in the Book of Genesis, alone solves many of the riddles in our lives. Such questions as "why do we often fall into evil?" and "why is this beautiful world of ours a valley of tears?" are answered. This account gives us consolation and hope in the fact that we have a merciful God who will accept us with all our limitations and help us overcome them with His grace.
 

However, for many a modern man this news is too much to bear. In his pride, he wants to be his own god, a superman to go wherever, whenever, and do whatever he pleases. Therefore, deaf to the voice of Holy Mother Church, mankind, in general, is being led down that same dark, slippery path by that same serpent thousands of years ago: "... and you shall be as gods..." (Gen 3:5)

"And shout it from the rooftops that man of science is wasting his time seeking life on another planet. There is no life! Were it not so, the Eternal Father would have given you prophets to write down and discourse with you upon this life. The first man and woman created were Adam and Eve, and all descended from them." - Our Lady, July 25, 1978

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YOUR  FIRST  PARENTS
"There are no gods, My children, upon your earth. There is but one God. You have set up many gods to worship upon your earth, even seeking to make man a god. Can you not remember how the gates of Heaven were closed to you? Why? Because of pride and arrogance and listening to the voice of evil. Your first parents, My children, listened to this voice and fell and succumbed to the evil.
   "I understand, My children; I know what lies in the hearts of mankind. They do not give your children the knowledge of your first parents, Adam and Eve. They do not give your children the knowledge of the existence of hell. Can you not understand, My children, why? Without this knowledge they shall sin, and sin shall become a way of life." - Our Lady, December 24, 1975 

THE  FALL
"Because My Son died, My children, upon His cross, He opened the gates of Heaven that were shut to mankind at the fall of the first parents. He died for mankind, but shall those who reject Him by sin and breaking the Commandments of the Eternal Father, without penance, enter? No! Sadly, My child, My children, they cannot enter." - Our Lady, January 31, 1976 

HUMAN  NATURE
"Human nature, My child, sets man on the path to sin. He can overcome this sin by staying with My Son, close to My Son in the tabernacles of the world. Unless you eat of His Body and drink of His Blood, you cannot have the light within you, for it is His Body that is food for your soul." - Our Lady, June 18, 1974 

ADAM  AND  EVE
"We are not bargaining now to save the human skin, My child and My children, the bodies. We are here to reclaim the souls. Life goes on beyond the veil, and all of you-who among you can say that one day or night you will not be here on earth, but must be taken from the world? And taken does not mean the body, it means the spirit, the soul-the everlasting miracle of life that the Eternal Father extended to you all after the tumultuous time when Adam and Eve were created. As they walked over the garden given to them, often called the Garden of Eden, sin then became a way of life. It matters not whether you have committed one sin or many, your punishment shall be meted accordingly.
   "My child and My children, My Mother has cried endlessly, hoping that Her children would only offer Her a small measure of satisfaction that Her work is being with good fruits-producing good fruits, My child.
   "Yes, My child and My children, My Mother has meant to preserve you upon earth without hurt, without suffering, but this cannot be. The sin of Adam and Eve was so great that it has placed man upon the earth to suffer. But once you have learned, My child and My children, the true value of suffering you will understand that through this suffering, accepted in good spirit and with firm meaning as reparation for the souls in purgatory, the Eternal Father shall bless anew those who have given themselves as victims, victims offered to the Immaculate Heart of My Mother." - Jesus, May 28, 1983 

ALL  DESCENDED
"And shout it from the rooftops that man of science is wasting his time seeking life on another planet. There is no life! Were it not so, the Eternal Father would have given you prophets to write down and discourse with you upon this life. The first man and woman created were Adam and Eve, and all descended from them." - Our Lady, July 25, 1978 

HIS  HELPER
"Paul the Apostle wrote down the words given to him by My Son, Jesus. Adam was created in the image of God as man, and woman was given unto him as his helper. As such, My children, man must always be the head of the household. There shall not be strength in a home divided." - Our Lady, July 15, 1978

IMAGE  OF  YOUR  GOD
"My children upon earth, you are complete descendants from the Eternal Father. You descended from the first created beings upon earth, known to you as Adam and Eve. As such you have been created in the image of your God, and as such you must go forth upon earth in your lifetime, being a credit to the Eternal Father." - Our Lady, June 18, 1979

 

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