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So I Agree...the Conventional Interpretation Of That Story

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Posted by M.W.Pearson on November 19, 2002 06:38:28 UTC

is probably wrong. I interpret the story in
a way which allows God to seem loving, wise, fair
and consistent.
Forbidden Fruit is on the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil. The one who eats this fruit presumes
to judge between good and evil, rather than loving God and their Neighbor.
In Genesis 3:11, God replies to Adam.
Adam had expressed shame to be seen naked by God.
God said,"Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree which I commanded you not to eat?" The way I interpret this, nakedness is a metaphor which may include actual bareness but not as its central focus.
We might all feel the beginnings of inappropriate shame at being seen by God or our neighbor when they are loving, in accordance with the spirit of God. Some presume to judge this as evil, while
we should instead be fair, wise, careful, loving, and hygenic about this topic. The big deal that should be made about it should focus on benefit
and health, not shame or evil.

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