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The father, the son #22 - December 48 AD
"Only when I told her I was leaving, Mary told me what Jesus told her on that conversation. After he spoke to Judas alone, and after he spoke to all of us and told us that before the Passover, we will go to Jerusalem, he went to his mother and told her that he now understands. She revealed what he told her, only to me. " "Why?" "Because she saw I was so upset about what happened. I was blaming myself, you see? and she wanted to persuade me that it couldn't be my fault, so she told me what Jesus told her on that day, to make the point that I should feel responsible but not guilty. It took me a long time to see why, but gradually I learned to understand this. " "So what did he tell her? " "He told her about the story of the garden of Eden, and how the true meaning of the original Hebrew text was lost in translation. Especially at the end of the story. You see, in the original text it is told that God casted out all the animals from the garden, not just Adam and Eve. Now the scholars who translated the text to Aramaic, could not make sense of it. Why should all animals bare fault for the sin of Man?" "So they changed the text? " "Well, they sort of kept the original story in the book of Jubilee, and entered a simplified version into the book of Genesis. There are several other places where this was done." "But surely they understood that in this way they distort the original meaning of the text." "Maybe this is what they wanted to happen. Maybe they wanted to turn the bible into just a nice story to read while concealing some of its more provocative teachings." "But what did Jesus make of it? what did he tell his mother?" "That perhaps Adam and Eve were not punished at all. Perhaps God was only respecting their choice to be responsible for their decisions." "Well it certainly looks like he was punishing them. He made them mortal and prone to suffering." "Can there be responsibility without death and suffering? now ask yourself, would you really rather live in a fool's paradise?"
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"Can there be responsibility without death and suffering?" I think this is a question that many people would argue about, and ponder, still today.