6. The Irrationality of Sin

The Irrationality of Sin – Fragment

Traditional interpretations of Genesis fantasize that as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge humans and God became bitter enemies with God looking for every opportunity to strike humans dead and punish them for their disobedience. For these absurdities there is not even the slightest evidence in the text. Genesis does not explain how Adam and Eve survived after being driven out of the Garden of Eden and when no such information is provided, it is because the writer expected an intelligent reader to use common sense to infer the details. When animals are driven out of their environment that is their only source of food, their only option is to starve to death, but that is not what is expected of beings endowed with the ability to develop knowledge. Yes, in a garden with abundance of water trees may grow by themselves because God has created them with the ability to grow naturally wherever there are favorable conditions, but humans who have acquired knowledge similar to God’s, they can create the conditions where they are lacking so that they can have a garden of eden anywhere they want. Since we are not told that Adam and Eve died with God triumphantly officiating their funeral, it follows that Adam and Eve managed to plant their own trees and grow their own food. Not only they managed to grow their own food, but they discovered that they could grow much more than they could possibly consume. That is the fundamental difference between beings with the ability to know like humans and the other animals; while the other animals depend on an abundance that exists naturally without de ability to influence it, humans can create as much abundance as they want and almost anywhere. With hard work, it did not take long before abundance of fruit was lying everywhere and Adam and Eve must have felt the putrid smell of Eden getting stronger every day all around them. It is no wonder that they reached out, this time towards each other, for new knowledge: “Now the man knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, ‘I have produced a man with the help of the LORD’” (Gen 4:1; emphasis mine). In this passage we find for the first time the word “to know” referring to sexual intercourse. Since sex is instinctual so that even the simplest animals can perform it without any training, what does sex have to do with knowledge? Since Adam recognized Eve as his wife and that she had even been taken from his body when he gave her the name Eve, what did he learn about her as a result of having intercourse with her?

In order to see how strange and unique this association of sex and knowledge is in the Bible, it is helpful to compare root meanings of vulgar words for sex in different modern languages. Unfortunately, because such words have been forbidden to be written down in modern times, they are poorly documented and their etymology is uncertain. For instance, in the Romanian language the curse word for sex comes from the Greek word “to plant,” which may mean that originally it was borrowed as a foreign language euphemism to replace whatever native word was used and was considered vulgar. Eventually the euphemism became the vulgar term and other euphemisms are used now. The root idea is that of planting or seeding a field and clearly is a male term. Apparently the case is similar in other Latin languages such as French and Italian. As far as English is concerned, the word “fac” apparently comes from the Latin “facere” which means “to make” and may indicate that the sexual act is viewed as that of “making” another human being. In German and other Nordic languages apparently the basic word is “ficken” and the idea seems to be that “to strike” but that may be a secondary meaning taking into account that in all languages to have sexual intercourse has also a secondary meaning of violence and as it was pointed out in a previous article, the word for sex is used in curse words to refer to violence and not to sex. I am not aware of any studies but I doubt that in any language the vulgar word for sexual intercourse is related to the words “to know” or “knowledge” as is the case in the Bible. Moreover, the word “to know” meaning “sexual intercourse” is used in the Bible strictly to human intercourse and never to animals. For instance, when referring to the conception of animals, a word with the basic meaning of “heat” or “become warm” is used (Gen 30:38 39). Another word used for rams breeding with the sheep is from the word hflf( which means “to go up” referring to rams that mount the sheep when breeding. For cattle, another word used is the piel form of the verb rabf( with the basic meaning “to pass over” implying that in a sexual intercourse a bull is passing over semen to the cow (Job 21:10). This association of sexual intercourse and knowledge is stranger as ancient people must have noticed that sexual intercourse was done involving body parts that have no relationship to intellectual activity. One possible connection is that, unlike animals, when humans engage in sexual intercourse they know that the result is pregnancy for women and the birth of children and therefore the sexual act is a deliberate choice and decision to give birth to other human beings. Although this may be true and is definitely one aspect of it, the truth may be deeper (…)


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