Monday, October 20

Man: A Completely Different Species From Other Creatures

Adam & Eve
Adam & Eve Painting by Mabuse
I came across a Gallup Poll which showed that 73% of USA residents believe that God played a part in the creation of man.

People were asked to choose one of three options:
  1. Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process.  31% chose this option
  2. Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process. 19% this option
  3. God created human beings much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so. 42% this option
I was interested to see that 42% believed that God created man in his present form - and within the last 10,000 years. In a UK poll in 2006 only 22% went for a creationism option.

The poll caught my attention because I had been reading a treatise which offered a differing view more in line with option 1 above.

A Dr. Baker wrote:

"... this does not mean to imply that man descended from animal forms, i.e. from anthropoid apes, as suggested by the Darwinian theory of evolution. According to the theory presented by ancient, authoritative sources, the form that man inhabited was animal-like and 'mindless' until that Fire was applied."

By 'Fire' in the above it was meant that an energy was applied to mankind to advance him along the evolutionary path - but man was always a completely different species.

Once that 'Fire' was applied:

"... man became responsible for his actions; animals are not responsible for their actions; their cruelty, their sexual appetites etc.

This is the symbolic meaning if the biblical story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. By eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge offered to them by the serpent, Adam and Eve became self-conscious and are thus separated from the animals, who do not possess this awareness. Since they are no longer part of a Group Soul, they must pay the price for individualised consciousness; because they are now responsible for their acts, they are exiled from the Garden of Eden."

I've personally believed for quite a long time that we are responsible for our actions and must bare the consequences for how we act. Some would call this karma.

But it's for each of us to decide what beliefs we follow and to respect the beliefs of others. When you look at many religions they are not so far apart as first imagined - it's often just the interpretations that get a little skewed.

But before I close this post there is a thought that the serpent who was responsible for mankind's exile from the Garden of Eden can also lead them back to the Garden. In Hindu Yoga this would be called kundalini where the serpent is resting at the base of the spine - but maybe more on this another time.

P.S. Why do old paintings of Adam & Eve show them with tummy-buttons?

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  1. Hmmm, never thought about the belly button... Interesting concept that of No. 1. Believable too, because don't we adapt to our environment? I believe we do.

  2. Interesting post - lots to comment on but I'll go light. I don't know how Adam & Eve were in the Garden of Eden - supposedly a more perfect creature... completely trusting of a Creator. Never read about the Fire - only that a wicked influence bade them eat the fruit. Unless fire equates with spirit(?). Supposedly humans have gone downhill since. I can't speak from that point in time, but from what I've experienced in the last umpteen years of my life - I wonder how far we can fall? We never seem to learn from our mistakes. So, is there an option # 4? I don't fit into #1-3.
    As for tummy buttons - to place them indicates human creation was not formed by a Creator - indicating normal human birth. I suppose the artist own view would answer that question.
    Good one, Mike!

  3. I'm undecided about Darwin and equally undecided about god. Traditional religions seem to attribute way too much to the religious view of god. The belly buttons are a weird touch!