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Let me remind the reader at this poinnhat the first eleven chap–
ters ofGenesis are an exceedingly BRIEF synopsis ofevents ofthe first
more than two thousand years of human life on earth - up to the
time of Abraham. Details must be filled in either by what is
obviously implied, or by records found elsewhere in the Bible.
God fully explained to Adam and Eve His GOVERNMENT -
His spiritual LAW and way of life - and that, upon Adam's right
CHOICE, he could qualify, receive the Holy Spirit of God, beget–
ting him as a SoN OF Goo. Also God explained to Adam and Eve
the CONSEQUENCES of rejection and disobedience:
This was symbolized by the tree of the knowledge of good
and evil. For, warned God, "in the day that thou eatest thereof,
Then God allowed Adam and Eve to be tested by Satan. But
Satan was subtile. He got to Adam through his wife Eve. Eve was
deceived - but Adam was not.
Eve "took ofthe fruit" ofthe forbidden tree, "and did eat, and
gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat" (Gen. 3:6).
So, "Now," said God,
he put forth his hand, and take
also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever; Therefore the
[Eterna!] God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the
ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out of the man.
and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a
flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree
of life" - LEST he and his children go back and take of the tree
symbolizing God's Holy Spirit (Gen. 3:22-24).
In other words, when Adam deliberately took of the forbid–
den tree, to put it in modero twentieth century language, Adam
said to God, "God, my Maker, 1 reject you as my God, 1 REJECT
your way of life. 1 REJECT your GOVERNMENT over me. 1 elect to
continue in the way
choose, 1 want you to keep your nose out of
my affairs. 1 reject you as the source of basic knowledge - 1 have
taken to myself the determination of the knowledge of what is
right and what is wrong."
And God replied, "1 have set clearly before you the way of
truth. You HAVE DECIDED - therefore 1 SENTENCE YOU and the
world that shall come from you to 6,000 years of being cuT OFF
FROM ME. Go, form your own governments. Form your own reli-