"Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. "
I have researched religious topics my entire life, it's pretty much my favorite subject. I love researching and trying to understand spiritual truths and how they are portrayed through ancient texts. Why are they saying what they're saying? Are they accurate in what they say? The more you research these topics the more clear they begin to become.
When people are new to a subject it may take them some time before they start to truly grasp the fullness of it. A newcomer to the Bible may pick up only a surface-level interpretation of something where somebody who has spent years of study on a particular subject may come to find a deeper meaning. And this is one of the things with many of the great spiritual books. There are often times multiple meanings to topics and the meaning you pick up is often times the meaning that fits your current level of understanding.
Before we go any further, let me clarify that I am in no means saying the Bible is 100% right or that Christianity is the only correct religion. I gave that kind of thinking up long ago. I think most religions have some value to offer.
As Manly P. Hall puts it:
For lack of interreligious understanding there has been very little religious understanding.
The more we can research everything and look for the connections and similarities between different perspectives the better off we will be. God is too big for any one religion.
The Garden of Eden and Fall of Man story has always interested me. When I originally read it in the Bible I interpreted it a specific way. But as I started to research other texts my view on this story started to evolve. As I saw more interpretations and other non-Biblical texts talk about this story it started to take on a meaning that made much more sense.
And in researching this topic it led me to some connections between the core of what it is saying and between much of the immigration talks we have going on today. I think the Garden of Eden story and immigration are pretty much the same story that has been happening on this planet throughout history.
Get out of here!
The Fall of Man
Let's read what the Bible has to say about the Fall of Man in Genesis 2 and 3:
15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
Okay, so Lord God does not want man eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He can eat of every other tree except this one. A tree of knowledge of good and evil? This definitely doesn't sound like your everyday garden variety tree. This sounds like something much more serious.
1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
2 And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
This is a really important part of the Bible. What is all this talk about people becoming like God to know Good and Evil? Becoming like God? Who or what is this God we talk about? Knowing good and evil? Did they not know evil before this? Does the ability to know evil require something?
Like I said, there are lots of ways to interpret this. I could name 4 unique interpretations of this story. One of those being the Christian version of Eve eating an apple. This is a very elementary view as the word apple is not even used anywhere throughout this story.
Satan and The Serpent
Also note that the word Satan is not used. The word is serpent. Satan and serpent are not the same thing, not even the same Hebrew word. This doesn't have to do with translation either. The Hebrew word for serpent is nachash, which basically means snake.
In the words of Laurence Gardner:
Nowhere in the Genesis account is there any mention, direct or indirect, of Satan's involvement, and yet it has become common practice for the Church to portray the serpent as an emissary of Satan, or even as Satan himself.
The serpent/snake is a symbol that goes way back and has many esoteric meanings, the main one being wisdom. The serpent usually represents wisdom when used in ancient literature.
In the words of Manly P. Hall:
The serpent is the symbol and prototype of the Universal Savior, who redeems the worlds by giving creation the knowledge of itself and the realization of good and evil.
Wait, slow down Mr. Hall. Universal Savior? Creation the knowledge of itself? This is sounding really heavy.
It's not just him. Tony Bushby:
As long as humanity kept records of its existence, serpents were used as emblems of the intelligence of God. In ancient times and as widespread and diverse as Australia, China, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Babylonia, Sumeria, Egypt, India, and Central America, serpents were feared and worshipped as gods for thousands of years...To this day, serpents or dragons signify divine heritage and royalty in many Asian countries, while in the West the serpent represents wisdom and knowledge…Among nearly all ancient peoples the serpent was accepted as the ultimate symbol of wisdom or salvation.
Here we go again. The "the ultimate symbol of wisdom or salvation"?
So in this story we are talking about some type of wisdom -- some type of understanding upgrade. We are talking about an ability to discern between good and evil. Now humans have the actual ability to think and have some type of agency over themselves. Now humans are able to think like God. There are lots of pieces to take away from this but the main one I am focusing on is that humans are getting some type of thinking upgrade. This tree of the knowledge of good and evil gave Adam and Eve some type of intellectual upgrade.
Let's move on.
Genetics and The Bible
We also notice that throughout the Old Testament the Bible is very concerned with race and lineage. God is always making sure that the Israelites do not bear children outside of their own tribe. God does not want them to mate with the Edomites, the Canaanites or any of these other outside groups of people. Again, I'm not saying if this is good or bad, I'm not even saying if it's 100% true, I'm just recognizing that the God of the Bible thinks that this is important and maybe there is a reason why.
In this day and age, especially in the Western world many of us do not talk about race or culture much -- or at least, when we do talk about them we tend to view them all as about the same and all having unique value to offer. We tend to view that all people are pretty much the same and that we are all capable of doing what other people are capable of. We're all just blank slates ready to be formatted by our environment.
There is some truth to this of course, but to discount or even ignore genetics is to discount science and to miss the bigger picture. We scientifically know that certain groups of people have differences in many ways, including one of the most important: intelligence.
Not all groups of people have the same intelligence. In general, from most intelligent to least intelligent, based off of IQ, it goes something like this:
And it doesn't solely have to do with your country either. While blacks in America have higher IQs than blacks in Africa, they still have lower IQs than hispanics in America. This shows that while there is an environmental component to IQ, there is also the genetic component. In the same environment blacks are generally the lowest IQ because of genetics. In the same environment Ashkenazi Jews will usually come out on top because of genetics. Intelligence is largely genetic. I'm obviously not saying genetics is the only component, but it plays a larger role than people realize.
So when the Bible is talking about races, in particular the Israelites, of which Jews are 1 of the 12 branches, it has a reason for doing so. When Jesus is born as a Jew it isn't an accident. Again, I'm not saying the whole Jesus/Christian story is accurate or even essential. I'm just saying that they're on to something and that they have reasons for caring so much about this stuff.
Researchers on The Garden of Eden
Here are some quotes from a few researchers which may help clear some of this up:
Since we know that El Elyon-Jehovah was synonymous with Enlil, the Garden of Eden story is a direct representation of the ongoing feud between the Anunnaki brothers. Enlil was insistent that humankind should be kept in ignorance, and should be maintained solely to toil and to bear the yoke of the Anunnaki. But Enki had other ideas: he was insistent that the black-headed people should be educated."
Anunnaki brothers Enlil and Enki? Enlil being synonymous with El Elyon-Jehovah? Jehovah is synonymous with Yahweh, which is the word Lord used throughout the Old Testament. Jehovah wanted to keep mankind in ignorance but the serpent, Enki, had other ideas. He wanted the black-headed people to be educated.
There is a lot packed in here. Now we're talking about the Anunnaki, which Zecharia Sitchin wrote about when he translated the Sumerian cuneiform tables which were written in Mesopotamia long before the Bible. Now we are looking at what could be described as the source material for the Bible. Yes, you heard that right. The Bible was written after the Sumerian records.
We see that you have these Anunnaki brothers, whom the Lord of the Bible was a part of, wanting to keep these less intelligent black-headed people dumbed down. You have a smarter group wanting to keep a less smart group dumbed down. You have this struggle between two brothers who are both part of the smart group. One wants to keep the dumb people dumb and the other wants to educate them. We're talking politics at the godly level.
The story of the garden of Eden and of Adam and Eve is but the sublimation of the story of the struggle of the Snake worshipping aboriginees of the Euphrates Valley against the gods of the Eloihim, who in Sumerian were term the "Ilu." The Garden there spoken of was Babylon "The gate of the gods" as the name means. Babylon surrounded by high walls was indeed a garden in the strict sense of the word for it was large enough to hold agricultural grounds as well as houses. Into this garden the gods took the proletarians or "forerunners of the gods" on probation, to make "like us." The Serpent priest or Satan warned them they would only be slaves. (The Pharaoh of Egypt was called a Dragon, Ezekial 29:3, and the soldiers of the Pharaoh were called Dragons. Thus it may be easily seen why the children of Israel were prone to worship the Serpent, the emblem of the gods from whence they came.) Such conditions might be almost modern comparatively speaking, had the Pilgrim Fathers invited the Indians into their villages "To make men of them or to make them in their own image." Indian Snake doctors and priests might advise the contrary.
Thus man, unwilling to follow the advice of the gods, was suffered to go without the fruits of the garden.
So according to these quotes there is some type of smarter group of people and a less smart group of people. You have this Garden of Eden with smart gods and then this other group of "Snake worshipping aboriginees" that are to be made "like us", the gods. He even goes further to draw an analogy between the Pilgrim Fathers and that of the Indians. If you've never heard of or thought about this before it packs a serious punch.
The Urantia Book
The Urantia Book is another really interesting book. It also has some commentary to add on the whole Garden of Eden story.
When going through this book, or any ancient document for that matter, try not to get too held up on the various names and places. Every group had different words for the same stuff. You should still be able to see what is being said despite not fully knowing who or what each proper noun is.
Now let's get to the real meat of the matter.
It should again be emphasized that Serapatatia was altogether honest and wholly sincere in all that he proposed. He never once suspected that he was playing into the hands of Caligastia and Daligastia. Serapatatia was entirely loyal to the plan of building up a strong reserve of the violet race before attempting the world-wide upstepping of the confused peoples of Urantia. But this would require hundreds of years to consummate, and he was impatient; he wanted to see some immediate results—something in his own lifetime. He made it clear to Eve that Adam was oftentimes discouraged by the little that had been accomplished toward uplifting the world.
Building up a strong reserve of the violet race? World-wide upstepping of confused peoples of Urantia (Earth)? Hundreds of years to consummate? Impatient? Are you starting to see what is being said here? Are you starting to see the real story behind the Garden of Eden?
Sure, yes, I am cherry picking quotes I came up with. But these are quotes I put together from years of research. I've read as many sides as possible and I'm trying to put together the fundamental story between all of this. Of course there is contradictory information that exists. But does it make sense? Does it make sense to contradict the Bible, almost every other ancient text with a similar story and the findings of many researchers who have spent their lives on this topic? Do we just throw that all away in favor of our opinion not based on any research, meditation and thought? Go for it -- many people prefer that when it comes to investing also. And they're all broke.
Adam and Eve did fall from their high estate of material sonship down to the lowly status of mortal man. But that was not the fall of man. The human race has been uplifted despite the immediate consequences of the Adamic default. Although the divine plan of giving the violet race to the Urantia peoples miscarried, the mortal races have profited enormously from the limited contribution which Adam and his descendants made to the Urantia races.
There has been no "fall of man." The history of the human race is one of progressive evolution, and the Adamic bestowal left the world peoples greatly improved over their previous biologic condition. The more superior stocks of Urantia now contain inheritance factors derived from as many as four separate sources: Andonite, Sangik, Nodite, and Adamic.
Adam should not be regarded as the cause of a curse on the human race. While he did fail in carrying forward the divine plan, while he did transgress his covenant with Deity, while he and his mate were most certainly degraded in creature status, notwithstanding all this, their contribution to the human race did much to advance civilization on Urantia.
The Edenic pair were informed that they had degraded themselves to the status of the mortals of the realm; that they must henceforth conduct themselves as man and woman of Urantia, looking to the future of the world races for their future.
Are you starting to see what is being said here? I may have gone too fast. You may need some time to let it sink in and to think about it. But this is a very important story which nobody seems to grasp. Most people just take the surface-level Bible version and call Eve's sin disobeying God and eating an Apple. Sorry, that's not the story. That's not even what the Bible says, let alone all the other ancient texts. There is something much more fundamental and important here.
Do you see what is being said here? It is talking about a group of people who have better genetics uplifting the rest of the Earth by doing some type of breeding with them. This is talking about the mixing of DNA between different groups and the inferior groups benefiting from the superior group. While the superior group "falls", the inferior group rises. It is talking about the best way to do this uplifting and how this uplifting takes time. This is not much different than what we currently see today throughout the world.
Some people are better
We have to understand that some people are better at certain things and some groups of people are also better at certain things.
Asians have higher IQs than whites, hispanics and blacks. I didn't write the science, this is just the way it is. Asians are also generally shorter than other races. This doesn't mean you can't have a tall Asian, it just means in general this is the way it is. There are certain trends and patterns between races that are genetic, that is, completely outside of their control. You can't make yourself taller if your genes don't permit it. You can't give yourself double d's if your genes don't permit it. And you can't make yourself Einstein if your genes don't permit it.
Now let's take this a step further. I know this will upset a lot of people, but I'm going to say it anyway because it upsets me even more that people don't talk about it: We could loosely replace the Garden of Eden with the United States and the other less intelligent groups with a continent like Africa. Yes, I know, racist, white privilege, Nazi, etc., etc. Now let's talk rationally.
The vast majority of people want to live in America and not Africa. If this is news to you then you're either bad at research or dishonest. America is currently a better place than Africa, overall. We know this because most people would rather live here in America than Africa. I'm not saying that won't change or that everything about America is perfect, far from it. But overall people want to live in America instead of Africa and it is obvious why.
So we have ourselves a bit of a Garden of Eden situation going on here. And it doesn't stop with Africa. People would choose America and Western Europe over pretty much any other country in the world. People would rather live in America and Western Europe than Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa, the Middle East and many parts of Asia. And sure, this has obviously changed the last 30 years or so as the West has started to decline. But let's go back 50 - 100 years ago where America was really at its prime. At that point no other nation was close to America and one of the reasons it has started to fall is because it didn't fully heed some of the advice that can be gained through the Garden of Eden story.
A society is only as good as its people
Let's take this to the extreme to make a point. Imagine a society with only mentally retarded people. Would it do as well as America? Would a society where everyone was less intelligent do as well as a society where people are more intelligent? I don't have anything against mentally retarded people, they're great people with great hearts. I'm simply stating the obvious because nobody else will. A more intelligent society is going to do better than a less intelligent society.
So if you put less intelligent people at one end of the spectrum and really intelligent people at the other end you're going to get degrees of contrast. Mentally retarded people have IQs around 60 - 70. Genuises like Einstein and other really smart people are in the 160+ range. So on a human intelligence spectrum we may have ~IQ 70 people on one end and maybe ~150+ IQ on the other end. The higher IQ people are going to build a better society. That's just the way it is. If we look throughout the world all the most favorable countries and cities are full of people with high IQs. All the less favorable places are filled with people with low IQs. This is no coincidence.
This is very close to what we are dealing with in the Garden of Eden story. It may not be based solely on IQ and the numbers and degrees may vary, but that doesn't matter. The important point is that there is one group that is better relative to the other. Again, we know this because people emigrate from worse countries to better countries. People don't go from America to Saudi Arabia, they go from Saudi Arabia to America. People go where it's better, not where it's worse.
And please don't do the equivocation about what makes somebody better, as if it is subjective and so hard to objectively measure. I could easily list out hundreds of quotes that would talk about virtue, integrity, honesty, love, perseverance, humility, empathy, etc., etc. and we would all agree that these are favorable traits. So then it only follows that the people or groups of people who carry more of these qualities are better. Maybe they're not better at a spiritual level, fine, but in this physical world in this current life they are better. They are more capable and they will create better societies to live.
Is anybody really going to disagree with most of this?
It's really not that complicated. People just like to complicate it to avoid saying that somebody is better than another person. It's okay for Lebron James to be better at basketball than anyone else, but it's not okay for America to be better than Rwanda. You'll notice that being fearful and dishonest are negative character traits. So you not wanting to admit the truth is you practicing negative character traits, not positive ones. Low quality humans defending low quality analysis, surprise, surprise.
Pull up or pull down
Now, we deal with this disparity in intelligence and quality every day. We dealt with this growing up. As a child we were inferior to our parents in many ways. Yes, sure, we were better in some ways as well, but overall we needed our parents to provide food and to help teach us how to live. We needed them, they didn't need us. Our parents brought us up and educated us. Overall they were the superior. They were the God and we the Adam or Eve. They instructed and we followed. They were the teacher and we the pupil.
We see the same thing with school. We start out in school and work our way up. Our school and teachers are superior to us and they pull us up. As we mature we have both parents and schools bringing us up.
Now here is the really important point behind all this:
Smarter people should bring less intelligent people up, not the other way around.
We shouldn't have smart people decline and become more like the inferior. The inferior should become strengthened, educated and match and even exceed that of the superior. This is what the whole Garden of Eden story is talking about. Anytime you have something that is better mixing with something that is worse they are going to blend and you'll get an average. You don't want an average. You want to maintain the better status and bring the lesser status up.
The man who attempts to clean up the morals of the people is like the dusting cloth which cleans only by becoming soiled itself.
We know this is true because sound philosophy and self-help, which almost nobody has a problem with, corroborates this exact point.
You become like the five people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.
Surround yourself with those who only lift you higher.
Show me your friends and I'll show you your future.
You need to associate with people that inspire you, people that challenge you to rise higher, people that make you better. Don’t waste your valuable time with people that are not adding to your growth. Your destiny is too important.
Always surround yourself with people who are better than you. If you’re hanging around bad people, they’re going to start bringing you down. But if you surround yourself with good people, they’re going to be pulling you up.
We know this is true. Go tell these quotes to anybody and not only will they not disagree but they will actually champion them and say this is very true.
When we walk into a school we don't expect the teacher to lower their standards for the students. We don't expect the teacher to come out a little worse off than before they started. We expect the teacher to stay the same and pull the students up with them.
We don't expect parents to become a little worse off and more like children as they mature. We don't expect parents to inherit traits like temper tantrums and dirty diapers from their children. We get that they are to pull the child to their way of living. Yes, I get that parents aren't perfect and there is much to learn from children. I get all that. Let's get past that and start talking about the real meat of the matter rather than making excuses.
But then switch it from people to country and now all of a sudden people go mental. Now people have a problem with it. Now the quotes are no longer true. Why? Because we are dealing with a group of people? Because we're somehow supposed to love one another and be nice to everyone? Is it loving to our children when we let them do anything they want to do? Is it loving to the student when we allow the teachers to lower themselves to the standards of the student?
If other groups of people are equals to us then why are their countries inequal?
Why doesn't anybody want to move to the Middle East or Africa? Why is Mexico known as being corrupt and run by cartels? Why do the people in these countries just let this happen? They're victims? The same could be said about Americans and Europeans. The difference is that Americans and Europeans had the character traits to stamp out corruption and to choose positive traits over negative ones. Americans and Europeans actually stood up and did something about it and created societies built on traits we would deem positive. This isn't an accident. Nor is it an accident that other countries didn't do this. These are choices and they are choices that unfortunately have a large part to do with intelligence which also unfortunately is largely genetic. I'm sorry I have to state the obvious but most people simply refuse to be factually accurate and scientific on the matter.
We don't let everyone into our home
All we have to do is look at a home. We don't let just anyone into our home. We are careful about who we let in. We let friends and family in. But we generally don't let a stranger in without knowing anything about them. We need to first vet people before we let them into our homes. And this is common sense.
The same thing could be said about our country. We can't just let everyone in. We need to know if they are going to help us or hurt us. Not all people are alike. Not all people think and act the exact same way. Not all people have the same ethics and integrity. Do we want ethical people or unethical people? All we have to do is ask if we would let them into our home. If we won't let people into our home why would we let them into our country? Our country is our home.
We need to move past thinking about borders and countries? Okay fine, let's get rid of borders and countries. Nobody has the balls for that. So we're stuck with the next best thing which is running our country accordingly. If we're going to have countries that are favorable that are created by favorable people then we should continue to follow that lead rather than throw it all away.
Nothing to lose and something to lose
There is something else to think about in all this. We've all heard the saying, "with great power comes great responsibility". This applies to immigration. The country on the receiving end has power. They are the one that is generally better and that has something to lose. And in this realization it needs to be careful about who it lets in.
This is no different than a woman choosing which man she is going to marry. She needs to be careful and do some heavy examination. Marriage is a great responsibility and if you just take any guy it may not end up so well. If it is a quality woman that is attractive almost any man will go for her. A quality woman has lots of options between mates. Low quality men do not. They will take anything they can get. So the woman must be careful. The woman has much more to lose than the man. If she picks a bad partner she is stuck with children, no husband and no time to spend with her children. It's a mess. The guy, on the other hand, has nothing to lose.
When somebody is immigrating from a 3rd world country they have nothing to lose. Things can only get better for them. They are already at the bottom. Things can only go up, the exact same for a low quality, unattractive man. They'll take anything they can get. So when a 1st world country takes in a 3rd world immigrant they have a lot to lose. All the risk is on them.
Why I even need to state the obvious boggles my mind. It is so obvious. In our day to day lives we know this. This is why we don't just date anyone who appears to us. We strongly vet the people we date and ultimately marry. But when it comes to our country we suddenly become open to anyone and anything. We throw all our power away. We allow ourselves to be pulled down and actually encourage it. If this is sound philosophy then we should encourage all relationships to be with anyone and everyone, regardless of quality or anything else. All people are the same and we should just date and marry anyone who enters our vicinity. We know this is ludicrous.
There is obviously much more to say about immigration, but the purpose of this post is to tie it into the Garden of Eden story. There are 2 main takeaways from the story.
There is a difference in intelligence between different groups of people.
You want to be very careful about how you mix different groups of people who share different intelligences and cultures.
It is really easy to mess it up and pull everyone down rather than pull everyone up. We should be wanting to lift the entire world up to 1st world status rather than bringing the entire world down to 3rd world status. The people in the Garden of Eden knew about this and they thought about it. Perhaps we should too.