Original Sin: Misogyny – Tree Of Knowledge And The Forbidden Fruit.

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I was thinking recently about why the Abrahamic religions throughout history have sought to oppress the advancement of human knowledge, and that of women.  This as if seeking knowledge beyond what is deemed obedient to the church, the religion, and the doctrines of their faith,  are in some magical way,  the work of Satan and talking snakes. It is the original sin, the forbidden fruit that poisons a mans heart, mind, and soul away from God in disobedience, and they blame women as a root cause. Like in Snow White, the apple seems to have become the symbolic fruit to which is given to Snow White by the Evil Queen Lilith through temptation to take a bite of the Apple. Snow White and the Evil Queen are symbolic of the Narrative of Eve in the Garden of Eden being tempted to eat the fruit from the Tree Of Knowledge. For Lucifer, the talking snake derives not from the modern Christian conception, but from the story of Lilith, the queen of demons. This just as was Adam’s part in the Narrative of Eden derived from story of Adapa, for eating knowledge will make you like one of the GODs. These representing the very foundation of Original Sin as we can see here in the evolution of Genesis:

Now the type of fruit is unknown, but I found it interesting that modern Christian lore claims the forbidden fruit of knowledge as being that of the Apple. This may very well be partly due to the word “malus” in which means “evil” as an adjective, and an “apple tree” as a noun. Thus making the apple a commonly believed fruit of knowledge. Upon eating this forbidden fruit one is said to come to know good and evil. This for which of course is where evil is literally any and all knowledge not in obedient conformity, or in servitude of the religion. Confirmation biases play a large role in how such dominion theologies control the education and allowed knowledge of the flock.   Now in Genesis 2:17,  if you eat this fruit, like in the Narrative of Snow White, and you shall die,  Genesis 2:17..:

 Genesis 2:17 (“mali” is the genitive of “malus”). The larynx in the human throat, noticeably more prominent in males, was consequently called an Adam’s apple, from a notion that it was caused by the forbidden fruit sticking in Adam’s throat as he swallowed, and the name has stuck.

  • Apple (Malus domestica). Seeds are mildly poisonous, containing a small amount of amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside. The quantity contained is usually not enough to be dangerous to humans, but it is possible to ingest enough seeds to provide a fatal dose.

It is as if they are saying you will come to die should you seek to eat from the tree of knowledge.  Fear is clearly used in many cases to keep their subjects from seeking out further education and knowledge.  Perhaps it can be said that in religious private schools, and when a student holds an apple, it represents the knowledge they are not allowed to eat from. The apple is not given to the student, but the student gives the apple away to his teacher to denote the authority of the teacher and the subservience of the student. Hence the student is not to seek his own knowledge, but place it in the hands of his teacher and adhere to only the knowledge he or she is given. It is the respect to the absolute authority and symbolizes the students obedience from the temptation to eat from the forbidden fruit.. Now in the public general education, this is quite the opposite as it rather symbolizes the sharing knowledge. Can we ever be a wonder as to why religious extremists see the public education system as sinful disobedience by the act of sharing knowledge? This as we can see by example from the rhetoric of such a fundamentalist who finds the public schools as a work of Satan in need of indoctrination. This sentiment goes pretty deep:

She makes quite an argument regarding humanism as the rule of Satan since some humanist argued that the Universe simply existed and could not have been created. There is a key thing about why she specifically makes a point to attack humanism, and that is because it heavily relies on reasoning.  The quality of a person’s ability to reason is greatly frowned upon. We get into the concept of set theory, for which she is addressing, is a fundamental basis for logic and reason. Yes, they view logic and reason as satanic concepts equal to eating the forbidden fruit. Curiosity is an evil temptation while humanism and any other philosophical beliefs other than their own are talking snakes.  They see humanism as Satan’s rulership coming into the Earth to deceive them through the use and the establishment of an education system based on the fundamental principles of logic and reason.

Thus by the example, in regards to her argument about humanism and the Universe, it becomes blatantly obvious why she aggressively becomes dogmatic towards such views regarding the Universe always having existed without any need of her God. Such set theory is a threat since no deity could ever be a Universal Set of All Sets. The Universe is defined as the totality of all that exists and is synonymous with the definition of “Existence”. Therefore in this case, arguably,  she seems to actually believe it is blasphemy that Existence has always been here without creation.  Logic and reason become her greatest Satan (Adversary / Opposer ) as she would argue her god created Existence itself, that which he himself would have required in order to exist himself. Problematic should her flock take the time to parse such self-refuting concepts, beliefs, and arguments. Odd indeed, So I figure I may provide a couple videos in direct reply just to demonstrate how desperate they are becoming in order to save their religion from its logical extinction:



This, of course, and as noted before, deals with Set Theory to which is a fundamental basis of logic and reason, something religions such as hers thrive in the absence thereof. The Universe is thus a universal set of all sets, and therefore these concepts are regarded as Satanic since their god cannot by any means represent such a set in set theory.

Though regardless of this embarrassing problem to her delusional argument on humanism and the Universe, it gets much worse. I didn’t just cite this video to argue set theory or stray off topic. I picked this video because it demonstrates key points on how her religion treats knowledge, and the access and teaching thereof while invoking a misogynistic view and treatment of women.  The key point here is that she cites the Garden of Eden to denote such use of logic and reason as satanic, and that to be regarded as forbidden knowledge while she literally panders to the misogynistic ideological beliefs of her bronze age mythological religion for which demands she be subjugated to male dominance..

Thus “reason” to such fundamentalists has become a derogatory term supposedly as poisonous and as potent as holy water is to demons possessing our children.  And though I can almost just hear the screeching and hissing as I type along,  I have to wonder and ask when has it become fashionably reasonable to be completely unreasonable? The answer to this question I think is obvious to most of us, but for those unsure, it’s when reason becomes a threat to the credibility and sanctity of a religion or cult. Agreeably I think, is that this is more specifically dealing with the Abrahamic on the grand scale.  Abrahamic religions are not considered dominion theologies for no reason, they seek dominion over us all.  This knowledge that they seek to prevent us from learning is not really about the understanding of science, the stars, or evolution. It is rather the knowledge that the religion itself is evil, vile, and nothing more than a tool for total dominion of power and control over the masses, land, wealth, resources, and women. Some of which may consider the root of all evil..  It should not be surprising that The fruit of knowledge is inferred as venom that will poison one’s mind with ungodly thoughts, or temptations by a talking snake. Worse still,  to eat from the tree of knowledge, in accordance with the story of Adapa and Adam, you will become like one of the Gods in knowing good and evil, this for which is forbidden!.  Yahweh is a jealous god after all! You are not to seek out wisdom or to be wise, and as for certain, there is blatant misogyny lurking within!

In her citation of the Garden of Eden, there are the trees of knowledge and life, and both are associated to the Goddess Asherah, she for which is treated as a form of idolatry punishable by death. Therefore, to seek to eat from these trees is to commit idolatry, and would be considered the worshiping of Asherah, or lady wisdom as we know wisdom was largely associated to female Goddesses such as Athena and Asherah. You may even know Asherah as “Hockmah”, or as “Wisdom” in Proverbs. Proverbs is Wisdom’s rebuke and an epithet of Asherah assimilated into the persona of Yahweh:


“Wisdom
 has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table” (Proverbs 9:1-2)

“In his house El gave a feast of game, the produce of the hunt in the midst of his palace, he cried: ‘To the carving, gods, eat, O gods, and drink! Drink wine until satiety, foaming wine until intoxication!’ Yarih arched his back like a dog; he gathered up crumbs beneath the tables. Any god who recognized him threw him meat from the joint” (KTU 1.114 R 1-7)

“Why has the Great Lady who Tramples Yam come? Why has the Mother of the gods arrived? Are you very hungry? Then eat! Are you very thirsty? Then drink! Eat and drink! Eat food from the table, from goblets drink wine, from cups of gold the juice of grapes” (KTU 1.4 IV 32-37).

Space and Time in the Religious Life of the Near East P.227

The connection with Wisdom and Asherah is clearly noted in Proverbs 3:13-18 .  name Asherah (‘ashrh) and the word “happy” (‘ashre), which is paired in direct conjunction with the “tree of life” as we take another look at the above passage more closely :

Happy (‘ashre) is the one who finds wisdom …. She is a tree of life (‘ts chyym) to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are made happy (m’sshr).” (Proverbs 3:13, 18; cf. 11:30; 15:4)

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table” (Proverbs 9:1-2)

“In his house El gave a feast of game, the produce of the hunt in the midst of his palace, he cried: ‘To the carving, gods, eat, O gods, and drink! Drink wine until satiety, foaming wine until intoxication!’ Yarih arched his back like a dog; he gathered up crumbs beneath the tables. Any god who recognized him threw him meat from the joint” (KTU 1.114 R 1-7)

“Why has the Great Lady who Tramples Yam come? Why has the Mother of the gods arrived? Are you very hungry? Then eat! Are you very thirsty? Then drink! Eat and drink! Eat food from the table, from goblets drink wine, from cups of gold the juice of grapes” (KTU 1.4 IV 32-37).

http://home.valornet.com/eldavis/The_Garden.html

The connection with Wisdom and Asherah is reinforced by Proverbs 3:13-18 which contains some paronomasia between the name Asherah (‘ashrh) and the word “happy” (‘ashre), which is paired with the “tree of life” in a chiasm.

Hokmah is thus likely either Asherah or an Epithet of Asherah as “wisdom”. Furthermore, you can note “Asherah, the Tree of Life and the Menorah“, or as noted in my article on Yahweh, she is in some literature suggested as  Yahweh’s daughter.  However, and when we examine the evidence,  we find that if Hockmah is the wisdom of Asherah,  she was rather the wife of EL, the Godhead of the Canaanite religion. She’s a fertility mountain God, Mother of the Gods, wife of the GOD of the Mountains, and Mother of all life on Earth. Further evidence of this can be found in “Hosea 14:9 to which focuses on the image of the tree. Giving the available evidence, it is most likely the usurping of Asherah into not only the Yahwistic symbol of life” (EARLY HISTORY OF GOD, p. 136), but also into the very persona of Yahweh. Her epithets get absorbed into the Yahwistic religion as a subjugated role subservient to the male supremacy of Yahweh. She becomes not only the symbol of life but the forbidden fruits of his knowledge.   You note how Asherah, in many respects, is assimilated in to Yahweh’s persona  in Psalm 1:3 :

1 Blessed is the man[a]
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.

And to highlight further:

Throughout the OT, there is an association of Asherah with trees. In most instances, the representation of Asherah is what is meant in reference, usually made of wood and found “under trees” and in groves (1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 17:10; Jeremiah 2:20, 3:6; Isaiah 57:5). Furthermore,  the Hebrew word ‘elah”, to which means oak in English, derives from Elat  (Ugaritic‘lt). This was an epithet of Asherah as noted in here in the following Source:  (cf. KTU 1.4 iv 50; 1.6 i 41; 1.14 iv 35, where “Athirat of Tyre” is called the “Elat of Sidon”, etc.).

http://home.valornet.com/eldavis/The_Garden.html

Such assimilation was their best attempt to mute the worship of Asherah by absorbing her into the Yahwistic narrative and  Yahweh’s iconography. In this, there are clearly these parallels of the Canaanite Pantheon dealing with the worship of EL and his consort Asherah, for which of course both get usurped into the iconography of Yahweh by the Yahwistic monotheistic cult. It was the only way they could survive as they faced near extinction sometime around 650 BC.  They thus equated Yahweh with EL, and made Asherah an epithet of Yahweh as not only a means to subjugate women into an obedient property that ought to keep their mouths shut and subservient to men who regarded themselves as the heads of the household, but also to enforce this as male centrist ideology of supremacy above women.  Yahweh is then in turn regarded as the godhead of Christ and all men in order to tear down the worship of false idols and women rights and education.  Especially when Asherah was one of the more persistent and more difficult gods for the devotees of Yahweh to get rid of…, even in the height of their devotion to Yahweh after 650 BC. This subjugation of women is rather evident throughout the Bible:

Ephesians 5:21-24:

“Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands.”

1 Corinthians 14:34-35:

“…the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.”

1 Timothy 2:11-15:

Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or have authority over men; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.”

Corinthians 11:2-10:

“But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of every woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God…. any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head …For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair …For a man ought not to cover his head; since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. (For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.)”


Colossians 3:18:

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.”

The word we are looking at here is  ὑποτάσσω or “hypotasso” – to which of course also appears in Titus 2:9 regarding that slaves ought to be submissive to their masters.

This Greek word hypotasso means (Strong’s G5293):
1) to arrange under, to subordinate
2) to subject, put in subjection
3) to subject one’s self, obey
4) to submit to one’s control
5) to yield to one’s admonition or advice6) to obey, be subject

This reinforces the previous points that wisdom and knowledge pose a danger to the Yahwistic cult and male dominance. Thus they, of course, argue that women should not be allowed to teach or have power over men, and that should rather be submissive to this cult of men.  Women were considered the transgressors of temptation and idolatry, the very premise of the story of Adam and Eve. Thus in the narrative, it’s quite clear that women are portrayed as snakes of deceit and temptations away from man’s supremacy…., and that of “GOD”.   This largely forms a foundation for why Christianity has attacked and sought to halt the progression of knowledge and education as it shown that such correlations often leads to a falling away from the religion since the religion cannot withstand scrutiny and intellectual inquiry. It is thus demonized as weakness needing to be controlled like that of a woman. The misogyny is unmistakably rooted deep into such ideologies of male supremacy.   Thus they oppress knowing that It is much harder to convert and control those who are well educated and not impressionable. Moreover, and more often than not, it is also why children are who become the target of such dominion theologies:



So children are targeted to be trained up before they are exposed to other ideas, and in doing so they can instill in them devout woeful ignorance that views asking questions as detestable acts that should not be tolerated. But just out of sheer irony, and to give you the idea of the quality of education we are dealing with here, I dare say remember Genesis 2:17 that forbids eating the fruit of the tree while in reference to Genesis 1:29:

Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” 

Not only is this contradicting, there is a fundamental problem with this as it seems God is trying to ironically poison us. Not only are many seeds a dangerous allergen, but many of them are also extremely poisonous for which can result in death.  It would seem that poor Adam and Eve were not allowed to eat from the Tree of knowledge to know any better. Thus denying them a life-saving education while telling them that every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole Earth, and every tree that has fruit with seed in it, is theirs to eat.  After all, the toxic database isn’t anything we can consider a short list:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_poisonous_plants

Perhaps this God should have thought about placing warning labels. It makes you wonder how many innocent men, women, and children have come to die from eating poisonous plants. Though of course, the Christian fundamentalist will rationalize it as a curse to humanity for eating from the tree of knowledge, for trying to be like Gods, or for falling into idolatrous disobedience.  That’s there toxic sick world where immorality becomes moral guidance in the servitude to the Narcissistic ego-centered misogynistic psychopath they call a god…,  one that would punish the yet to be born for the sin of seeking an education to empower themselves to be self-sufficient, and rulers of their own destinies. And yet with all the profession of “Fee Will”, we are to be stripped of it, and for itself to be made an oxymoron.

Therefore in closing,

I can’t stress enough the importance to seek freedom from such intellectual oppression, ignorance, thought control, and subjugation for which demands your blind obedience for the worshiping of a narcissistic ego of an imaginary misogynistic and genocidal father. Do we submit to battered wife and Stockholm syndrome? Do we love thy abuser, or rake off the shackles, learn, and seek out knowledge to free ourselves? It’s time to let go of what has suppressed us throughout history and give rise to the future of human progress of a more well educated and civilized world!  This not through violence, war, oppression, or hatred.., but through education and humanistic empathy for the plight of others simply because we care and not because of some imaginary threat with ego-centered strings attached.  We are no longer puppets, we are free thinkers, we are those who always question those who seek to oppress the very asking of questions.

Cheers!
TheJackel

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5 responses to “Original Sin: Misogyny – Tree Of Knowledge And The Forbidden Fruit.

  1. Pingback: So many say the bible is pure to Monotheism, So why is Tartaroo from Greek Polytheistism in the NT - Page 3·

  2. ..therefore god does not exist. But God included himself in the universe, by making him little parts that consist universe

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