By my reckoning, the first sin – the first separation from God, as it were – comes in the form of self-judgement. Adam’s admission that he and Eve were hiding because they were naked – and ashamed – is entirely a product of self-recrimination, completely separate from the joy and innocence of the natural self. It’s quite tragic, and it puts “Judge not, lest ye be judged” in a completely new light. More on that phrase another time, I imagine.
When I look at the text of Genesis with this “go back in time” mindset, to the time when these things happened prototypically, at the dawn of human-ness, I find some really interesting material in it. I almost stop in wonder at the wisdom encoded within it.
Maybe I’m just crazy, and my interpretation is not what was intended. But if it was, I’m delighted by the wisdom of the author, and I feel grateful for having decoded it. Maybe this is what they mean when folks talk about exoteric vs. esoteric messages in sacred texts. The obvious reading is…well…easily misinterpreted at best and destructively repugnant at worst. But thinking about the message as a warning about shame…well, it couldn’t be more different than the typical explanation.
Hope you enjoy this segment. I’ve got one more coming. Stay tuned, and thanks for visiting!