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For the religion of the Mystery Schools they believe that man was held prisoner in the Garden of Eden by an unjust and vindictive God. And that man was not told by this unjust and vindictive God that he could have the same powers. And man was set free from the bonds of ignorance by Lucifer ... And that through the gift of intellect man himself will become God. Bill Cooper
Europa is Eve: she ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; she got enlightened. Henrik Palmgren, lecture Bath February 2010, ‘ The Hidden Roots of the European Union’
We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest. Voltaire
Where was the creature Adam or man formed? ... The Bible doesn’t say God created man in the Garden of Eden. It says Genesis 2:8: And the Lord God planted a Garden eastward of Eden and there he put the man he had formed. Jordan Maxwell, Forbidden Knowledge
The correct transliteration behind the story of Adam and Eve is that mankind was deceived in prehistory by a shape-shifting reptilian creature. Chris Everard, Secret Space II
The mysterious first wife of Adam. Two texts excluded from the Bible tell her story in detail. The first is called the Zohar also known as the Book of Splendour, probably written in the thirteenth century. The other called the Alphabet of Ben Sira is a collection of writings compiled in the Middle Ages. Though both are medieval they are said to rest on traditions dating back into antiquity. According to these traditions Lilith was Adam’s first wife created before Eve. Banned from the Bible: Enigmas of the Old Testament, A&E 2008
Cast out from the Garden, Lilith became an evil spirit doomed to lose a hundred of her own off-spring each day as punishment for her defiance. ibid.
This reference to Lilith as a demon provides a clue to the origin of the text. Lilith herself appears to be a monstrous creature dating from prehistoric times. Carvings thought to betray her as such have been found in Egypt, Sumeria, Babylonia and Greece. ibid.
All that bowery loneliness,
The brooks of Eden mazily murmuring. Alfred Lord Tennyson, ‘Milton: Alcaics’ 1863
I believe there was a literal garden. And a literal Adam. And a literal Eve. So it’s very real to me. And part of ancient history. Vinny Commons
If the account given in Genesis is really true, ought we not, after all, to thank this serpent? He was the first schoolmaster, the first advocate of learning, the first enemy of ignorance, the first to whisper in human ears the sacred word liberty, the creator of ambition, the author of modesty, of inquiry, of doubt, of investigation, of progress and of civilization. Robert G Ingersoll
Of man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
Brought death unto the world, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden. John Milton, Paradise Lost
The infernal serpent; he it was, whose guile
Stirred up with envy and revenge, deceived
The mother of mankind. ibid. I:34
So clomb this first grand thief into God’s fold:
So since into his church lewd hirelings climb.
Thence up he flew, and on the tree of life,
The middle tree and highest there that grew,
Sat like a cormorant. ibid. 4:192
Groves whose rich trees wept odorous gums and balm,
Others whose fruit burnished with golden rind
Hung amiable, Hesperian fables true,
If true, here only. ibid. 4:248
Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose. ibid. 4:256
For contemplation he and valour formed,
For softness she and sweet attractive grace,
He for God’s only, she for God in him. ibid. 4:297
Yielded with coy submission, modest pride
And sweet reluctant amorous delay. ibid. 4:310
Adam, the goodliest man o men since born
His sons, the fairest of her daughters Eve. ibid. 4:323
Emparadised in one another’s arms
The happier Eden, shall enjoy their fill
Of bliss on bliss. ibid. 4:505
God is thy law, thou mine: to know no more
Is woman’s happiest knowledge and her praise.
With thee conversing I forget all time. ibid. 4:637
Hail, wedded love, mysterious law, true source
Of human offspring, sole propriety
In Paradise of all things common else. ibid. 4:750
Him there they found
Squat like a tad, close at the ear of Eve. ibid. 4:799
But wherefore thou alone? Wherefore with thee
Came not all hell broke loose? ibid. 4:917
The serpent subtlest beast of all the field. ibid.
God so commanded, and left that command
Sole daughter of his voice; the rest, we live
Law to our selves, our reason is our law. ibid.
Her rash hand in evil hour
Forth reaching to the fruit, she plucked, she ate:
Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her seat
Sighing through all her works gave signs of woe
That all was lost. ibid. 9:780
O fairest of creation, last and best
Of all God’s works. ibid. 9:896
Flesh of flesh,
Bone of my bone thou art, we are one,
One flesh; to lose thee were to lose my self. ibid. 9:957
Then wilt thou not be loath
To leave this Paradise, but shalt possess
A paradise within thee, happier far. ibid. 12:585
In me is no delay; with thee to go,
Is to stay here; without thee here to stay,
Is to go hence unwilling; thou to me
Art all things under heaven, all places thou,
Who for my wilful crime art banished hence. ibid. 12:615
They looking back all the eastern side beheld
Of Paradise, so late their happy set. ibid. 12:641
The world was all before them, where to choose
Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:
They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
Through Eden took their solitary way. ibid. 12:646
Chekov: It makes me homesick. Just like Russia.
McCoy: More like the Garden of Eden, Ensign.
Chekov: Of course, Doctor. The Garden of Eden was just outside Moscow. A wery nice place. It must have made Adam and Eve wery sad to leave.
Kirk: Just … outside Moscow, all right. Star Trek s2e5: The Apple
You know our purpose: We turn our backs on confusion and seek the beginning: the planet Eden. Star Trek s3e20: The Way to Eden
There are many who are uncomfortable with what we have created. It is almost a biological rebellion. A profound revulsion against the planned communities, the programming, the sterilised artfully balanced atmosphere. They hunger for an Eden where spring comes. ibid. Spock to Kirk
Ballard: We believe that the Garden of Eden was on this continent.
Tuchman: So that the Garden of Eden wasn’t in the Holy Land?
Ballard: No, not in our [Mormon] doctrine. CNN 19th October 2007
Paradise lost: it’s a story central to Christianity justifying the need for a saviour. For centuries Adam and Eve have been viewed as the archetypal man and woman. Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Bible’s Buried Secrets 3/3: The Real Garden of Eden, BBC 2012
I think the real story of Eden is too important to ignore. ibid.
It’s not just Christians who have read into the story details which are just not there. ibid.
I think it was a particular place in history. And there are clues to the real Eden in the Bible itself ... A garden constructed by human hands much later in history. ibid.
I think Eden was a garden built by humans for their God. ibid.
I think Adam was originally a king too. ibid.
There’s another version of the Eden story [Ezekiel 28] rich in detail and which many scholars believe is older than the Genesis version. In it there is no Eve and no serpent. ibid.
I think Eden was in the city of Jerusalem ... Everything points to the Jerusalem Temple being the real Eden. But how can a temple, bricks and mortar, be a garden? ibid.