Man Woman Child - Part XIV

The Adam and Eve Story,
After Leaving Eden,
Also Called
The Conflict of Adam and Eve
“This is the most ancient story in the world-it has survived because it embodies the
basic fact of human life. A fact that has not changed one iota. Amid all the superficial
changes of civilization's vivid array, this fact remains: the conflict of Good and Evil; the
fight between Man and the Devil; the eternal struggle of human nature against sin."
"The version which we give here is the work of unknown Egyptians (the lack of
historical allusion makes it impossible to date the writing)."
One critic has said of this writing:
"This is, we believe, the greatest literary discovery that the world has known."
"In general, this account begins where the Genesis story of Adam and Eve leaves
off. Thus the two cannot well be compared; here we have a new chapter-a sort of sequel to
the other."
"The plan of Book I is as follows:
"The careers of Adam and Eve, from the day they left Eden; their dwelling in the
Cave of Treasures; their trials and temptations; Satan's manifold apparitions to them. The
birth of Cain, of Abel, and of their twin sisters; Cain's love for his own twin sister, Luluwa,
whom Adam and Eve wished to join to Abel; the details of Cain's murder of his brother; and
Adam's sorrow and death."
It will be well to allow Adam and Eve to speak for themselves and God's voice to
them:
(Chapter V, v. 4, 5) Eve speaks: "O God, forgive me my sin, the sin which I
committed, and remember it not against me. For I alone caused Thy servant to fall
from the garden into this lost estate, from light into this darkness, and from the
abode of joy into this prison." (v. 9 to 12) Eve continues: "For Thou, O God, didst
cause a slumber to come upon him, and didst take a bone from his side, and didst
restore the flesh in the place of it, by Thy divine power. And Thou didst take me, the
bone, and make me a woman, bright like him, with heart, reason, and speech; and in
flesh, like unto his own; and Thou didst make me after the likeness of his
countenance, by Thy mercy and power. O Lord, I and he are one, and Thou, O God,
art our Creator, Thou are He who made us both in one day. Therefore, O God, give
him life, that he may be with me in this strange land, while we dwell in it on account
of our transgression."
(Chapter VI, v. 3, 4) "He, therefore, sent His Word unto them, that they should
stand and be raised forthwith. And the Lord said unto Adam and Eve, ‘You
transgressed of your own free will, until you came out of the garden in which I had
placed you.’
(Chapter VII, v. 2) "Then God had pity on them, and said: ‘O Adam, I have made
My covenant with thee, and I will not turn from it; neither will I let thee return to the
garden, until My covenant of the great five days and a half is fulfilled.’"
(Chapter VIII, v. 2) "Then God the Lord said unto Adam, ‘When thou wast
under subjection to Me, thou hadst a bright nature within thee, and for that reason
couldst thou see things afar off. But after thy transgression thy bright nature was
withdrawn from thee; and it was not left to thee to see things afar off, but only near at
hand, after the ability of the flesh, for it is brutish.’"
(Chapter XI, v. 9, 11) And Adam said: "Remember, O Eve, the garden-land, and
the brightness thereof! Whereas no sooner did we come into this Cave of Treasures
than darkness compassed us round about, until we can no longer see each other.
(Chapter XVI, v. 3, 6) "Then Adam began to come out of the cave. And when he
came to the mouth of it, and stood and turned his face towards the east, and saw the
sun rise in glowing rays, and felt the heat thereof on his body; he was afraid of it, and
thought in his heart that this flame came forth to plague him. For he thought the sun
was God. (v. 10, 11, 12) But while he was thus thinking in his heart, the Word of God
came unto him and said: ‘O Adam, arise and stand up. This sun is not God; but it has
been created to give light by day, of which I spake unto thee in the cave, saying that
the dawn would break forth, and there would be light by day. But I am God who
comforted thee in the night.’"
(Chapter XXV, v. 3, 4) "But Adam said unto God, ‘It was in my mind to put an
end to myself at once, for having transgressed Thy commandments, and for having
come out of the beautiful garden; and for the bright light of which Thou hast
deprived me. Yet of Thy goodness, O God, do not away with me altogether; but be
favourable to me every time I die, and bring me to life.’"
(Chapter XXVI, v. 9, 11, 12) "Then came the Word of God to Adam and said
unto him, ‘Adam, as for the sun, if I were to take it and bring it to thee, days, hours,
years and months would all come to naught, and the covenant I have made with thee
would never be fulfilled. Yea, rather, bear long and calm thy soul while thou abidest
night and day; until the fulfilment of the days, and the time of My covenant is come.
Then shall I come and save thee, O Adam, for I do not wish that thou be afflicted.’"
(Chapter XXXVIII, v. 1, 2) "After these things the Word of God came to Adam,
and said unto him: ‘O Adam, as to the fruit of the Tree of Life, for which thou askest,
I will not give it thee now, but when the 5500 years are fulfilled. Then will I give thee
of the fruit of the Tree of Life, and thou shall eat, and live for ever-thou and Eve.’"
(Chapter XLI, v. 9, 10, 12) "Adam began to pray with his voice before God, and
said: ‘O Lord, when I was in the garden and saw the water that flowed from under
the Tree of Life, my heart did not desire, neither did my body require to drink of it;
neither did I know thirst, for I was living; and above that which I am now. But now, O
God, I am dead; my flesh is parched with thirst. Give me of the Water of Life that I
may drink of it and live.’"
(Chapter XLII, v. 1 to 4) "Then came the Word of God to Adam and said unto
him: ‘O Adam, as to what thou sayest, "Bring me into a land where there is rest," it is
not another land than this, but it is the kingdom of heaven where alone there is rest.
But thou canst not make thy entrance into it at present, but only after thy judgment is
past and fulfilled. Then will I make thee go up into the kingdom of heaven.’"
What in these pages is written about the "Realm of Permanence" may have been
thought of as "Paradise" or the "Garden of Eden." When each Doer of its Triune Self was
with its Thinker and Knower in The Realm of Permanence, it had to undergo the trial to
balance feeling-and-desire, in the course of which trial it was temporarily in a dual body,
the "twain," by the separation of its perfect body into a male body for its desire side, and a
female body for its feeling side. The Doers in all human bodies gave way to the temptation
by the body-mind for sex, whereupon they were exiled from The Realm of Permanence to
re-exist on the crust of the earth in man bodies or in woman bodies. Adam and Eve were one
Doer divided into a male body and a female body. When the two bodies died, the Doer did
not thereafter re-exist in two bodies, but as desire-and-feeling in a male body, or as feelingand-
desire in a female body. All Doers in human bodies will continue to re-exist on this
earth until, by their own efforts, by thinking, they find The Way, and return to The Realm of
Permanence. The story of Adam and Eve is the story of each human on this earth.
Thus can be epitomized into a few words the stories of the "Garden of Eden," of
"Adam and Eve," and of the "fall of man"; or, in the words of this book, The "Realm of
Permanence," the story of "feeling-and-desire," and that of the "descent of the Doer" into
this temporal human world. The teaching of the inner life, by Jesus, is the teaching of the
Doer's return to The Realm of Permanence.
That the Bible story of Adam and Eve is the story of every human being is clearly
and unequivocally stated in the New Testament, as follows:
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death
passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." Romans 5, v. 12.

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