#19 A New Perspective: The First Woman Enabler (Part 3 of 4)

This post contains an expanded version of what likely happened to Adam and Eve after they were living outside the Garden of Eden (Genesis 4). It is written in the form of a short story. 

The story of Adam and Eve has been examined from different angles by many different people over a great span of time. The story’s interpretation that lives in most minds today contains some amount of speculation (ideas without firm evidence). I believe that my interpretation of what happened outside of Eden, some of which is speculative, is a plausible one, based on biblical facts viewed in the light of the de-lemonization of Genesis 3:16 (as previously presented). 
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#16: A New Perspective on Adam and Eve (Part 1 of 4)

After examining the faulty translation of Genesis 3:16, it’s time to revisit the story of Adam and Eve and see how an improved, more accurate translation of this verse can bring new understanding to the account.

The new perspective that I am about to present may bring a sudden mind-awakening jolt to those who hold to the traditional interpretation of events found in Genesis 3 and 4. Such a jolt may be necessary to bring attention to the truth that is hiding under the carefully placed, stationary, cobweb-covered, traditional understanding.

The new perspective turns the centuries-old spotlight away from the woman’s role in the Fall and brings it to rest on the man’s role, one which has remained hidden in the shadows. It also offers a pragmatic look at what happened to the first couple and their family after they began life outside of Eden.

I believe that you will be surprised, as I was, at how the new perspective finds a much stronger footing in the text of the Bible than the traditional one does. Also, the new perspective is a more realistic one, in that the fallen patterns of behavior seen in the first family have been replicated over and over again in millions of fallen marriages and families on this earth since the Fall of man. (Remember, this is only Part 1 of 5 …)

#10 The Big Lemon: Genesis 3:16 (Part 1)

The one lemon verse in the Old Testament is Genesis 3:16. I am going to break-up this lengthy explanation into multiple posts.

Note that the explanation of “Lemon One” (given in post #8) is now permanently accessible from this website’s main menu via the sub item of the “Lemons” tab: “Eight Lemons Turned to Grapes.”

More to come …

#8 Lemon One: 1 Corinthians 11:1-16

A Questionable Message in a Swamp of Words

So, now we come to the explanation of 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, the first lemon passage. (I will be covering all seven New Testament lemon passages in order of their appearance in the Bible.)

Each lemon explanation opens with four subheadings: “The Passage,” “The Misfit,” “The Fit,” and “The De-lemonization.”

“The Passage” is typically a quote from the King James Version. If the quote is from a different Bible version, it is because that version’s translation requires less modification to turn it from a lemon into a grape.

“The Misfit” contains a summary of the way that the passage is commonly understood.

“The Fit” contains a summary of the way that the passage can rightfully be understood and, thereby, fit well in the context of the whole Bible.

“The De-lemonization” provides a detailed explanation of how to change the lemon from a misfit to a fit, or maybe I should say, from a lemon to a grape.

Each explanation also ends with a possible retranslation (typically with  only some minor changes) that turns it from a lemon to a grape.

#7 De-lemonizing the Lemons

It is noteworthy that in general, the lemon translations hold two basic messages: Woman must submit to man and woman should be quiet.

Seriously, is this the good news? Is this the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Remember that it was a woman who first proclaimed the good news of Christ’s resurrection, and to a male audience, no less. (I would guess that her delivery was a highly emotional one—after all, she had just been with Jesus!) Continue reading “#7 De-lemonizing the Lemons”