The Book of Genesis is the only description of the beginning of man ever recorded. It has been chided by fools. In order to understand the profound essence of its meaning let us consider one of its most chided points, that of the serpent speaking to Eve.
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if serpents had been able to speak? This should have always been the first and the most obvious question!
Don't you think Eve, the Queen of the Garden, felt superior to serpents?
A “Go to Hell, you stupid animal” would have been in order!
And nothing else would have happened! There would have been no Original Sin which is the main thing Genesis needs to explain!
So, it was precisely due to the fact that serpents did not speak, and to the fact that Eve knew that serpents don’t speak that things became deadly serious.
It was obvious to Eve that an intelligent power previously unknown to her had taken over the serpent. Its words made a challenger obvious in that presence in disguise, and unabashedly that presence made known it was God himself that he was challenging!
And what the challenger proposed was the most demolishing attack on the nature of everything that could be verbalized by serpents, by angels or by man!
What he proposed was that Eve made hers, and thus implanted within her a reality reversal wherefrom, The Truthful One was to be set up as the liar, and the liar as The Truthful One; whereas from then on the Devil could thus be rightfully recognized as the only worthwhile leader of man to the total exclusion and humiliation of God.
He was asking to be Eve’s god, and to make God Eve’s devil!
He was asking thus, for a subjective role reversal ―the ultimate lie― to destroy human nature, and in it, all Creation subjected to it. All that was needed was for Eve to give credence to his words: Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
She ate and went to Adam to partake, and both ate of the forbidden fruit. The problem does not lie in the nature of the fruit, on whether or not it was an apple, but on the nature of the bite. Those were the deadliest and most famous bites conceivable for they had the power to destroy the source of all perfection which lies in subjection to God’s will, and to destroy perfect order through disorder; to deprive us of the dignity of our filiation to God, and to deliver us to the indignity of becoming the Devil affiliates.
God so sentenced the Devil:
Ø Enmity shall I put between thee and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; she shall crush thy head, whilst thou attempts to bite his heel.
Ø And Eve: I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions: in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children, and thou shalt be under thy husband's power, and he shall have dominion over thee.
Ø To Adam: Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee, that thou shouldst not eat, cursed is the earth in thy work: with labour and toil shallst thou eat thereof all the days of thy life.
In the wonders and perils of all freedom Adam and Eve foremostly were the children of their works. Touching on the essence of nature as both the commandment and the temptation were worded, the wonders of attainable victory gave way to the ravages of dismal failure, and the kings of paradise became poor cavemen. The kings of Creation became pasture to wild animals. Brotherhood took the name of Cain; motherhood became abortion; self respect diluted itself in drunkenness; and where only men would have been, pansies fought to take their place.
The onslaught on human nature was such that it could be forgiven only once. To the very same role-reversal sin the following sentence applied: Therefore I say to you: Every sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be forgiven. (Mathew 12:31) It means eternal damnation.
The former objective reality which ruled, God himself in all things, had established freedom for the dignity of his creatures to be as real as Genesis itself portends:
"Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth". (Gen. 1:26)
And real, total liberty, demands capacity for irrevocable decisions, even to the extent of irretrievable loss. Such was Satan’s for his own damnation; and so were Adam and Eve’s inflicting damage upon human nature as God confirms in Eve’s pains and subjection, and the new rebelliousness of nature to curse Adam’s toil. The damages went to the very foundations of the world and rebelliousness of man was punished by rebelliousness of nature against him.
This we inherited: A weakened nature and a feebler mind. A rebellious nature whose passions we cannot refrain. Add to this the propensity to lie and to be easily cheated, to deceive ourselves, to be self accommodating in uselessness and self destroying in vice.
From the gullibility of Eve humanity became especially prone to believe much idiocy. Simpletons would fall for mere words with no analysis whatsoever, to the extent that under the name of science stupidity and superstition could take over. Which would be your actual candidates for the following prophesy?: "And I saw from the mouth of the dragon and from the mouth of the beast and from the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. For they are the spirits of devils, working signs: and they go forth unto the kings of the whole earth, to gather them to battle against the great day of the Almighty God". (Rev. 16:13-14) Try to find better candidates than these three: Marx, Darwin and Freud.