Is the Story of Adam and Eve a Parable?
The story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:8-25 and Genesis 3:2-24 is most likely a parable. I believe it represents in symbolism our fall from grace from our Lord God's heavenly Kingdom to Earth.
The story of Genesis begins with Adam and Eve living in a garden called Eden, where all their needs are met. They wear no clothing which is a symbol of their innocence. They do not need to work to build a house for shelter or hunt for their food since the garden provides all of their needs. There are no predator animals and our Lord God walks in the very same Garden of Eden. Also, there are no venomous spiders and other insects that can do them harm. They are living in a perfect environment and would perhaps, live for all eternity as long as they avoid eating from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. However, danger does lurk in Paradise. That danger is the serpent, the red dragon, that is known as Satan, and he convinces Eve to eat the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil so she can be like our Lord God and know the difference between good and evil. A secret our Lord God forbids Adam and Eve from knowing. Our Lord God said to Adam and Eve to never eat the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, or they will surely die. Did Adam and Eve know what death meant? How could you understand what death is if you have never seen it? Still, they did not die straight away after eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. What this passage really states is from now on death would be a part of their lives.
Supposedly, this one act by Adam and Eve condemned all of humanity from that day forward to toil and struggle to survive in a hostile world. All of humanity was now born into sin and had to seek redemption from our Lord God. Why would our Lord God require that everyone born forthwith from Adam and Eve and their descendants be sinners automatically? Does it not seem there is something missing from this story?
It is challenging to accept that we are all guilty of an act done by Adam and Eve. Where is the justice in that? Why did our Lord God not punish them alone? On the other hand, if the story of Adam and Eve is a parable, then what does it represent?
The book of Revelation 12:7-12 in the New Testament tells of Satan and his followers being cast out of Heaven after a battle with the Archangel Michael and his angels. Thereafter, Satan and all of his angels were cast down to Earth. Here below is how that Scripture reads.
"Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. This great dragon - the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world - was thrown down to the earth with all his angels" (NLT).
I believe the story of Adam and Eve is a parable of the event just spoken of in Revelation 12:7-12, a story told in symbolism to reveal a much greater story. Our Lord Christ Jesus was famous for telling parables as he taught those who came to hear Him speak. Now, let us explore the possibility the story of Adam and Eve is a parable.
To begin with, what was Satan doing in the Garden of Eden in the first place? Why would our Lord God place Adam and Eve in Paradise and then allow Satan into Paradise to tempt Adam and Eve? Well, perhaps Paradise was not on Earth at all. Perhaps instead, Paradise was Heaven. This would explain why Satan was present in Paradise. Why would it be called Paradise on Earth if Satan was there to ruin it for everyone?
So, let us suppose the Garden of Eden was Heaven and we were all living in Heaven with our Lord God in a Paradise of love, devotion, exuberance, pleasure without bounds, and wonders without cease. Then one day along comes an angel by the name of Lucifer. Lucifer was not then like the Satan we know of on Earth. Lucifer was an angel of our Lord God who was loved and cherished along with all the other angels in Heaven. Still, Lucifer knew something no other angel in Heaven knew, and that was the difference between good and evil. Lucifer was actually Satan's name before he was cast down to Earth. Now, Lucifer was the most beautiful angel in Heaven. You see, when our Lord God created all the angels in Heaven, He made them all different from one another, just as we are all unique people here on Earth. So, it was bound to happen that one of our Lord God's created angels would develop special knowledge and power all the other angels in Heaven did not have. With that unique knowledge, Lucifer began to convince other angels, one by one, he could teach them what evil was. Of course, almost every angel in Heaven wanted to know what evil was. You see, our Lord God created every angel with free will and immense curiosity since our Lord God did not want to make slaves of His children.
Our Lord God had already spoken to His angels an