Adam & Eve, Revisited

A Tasty Temptation

Adam & Eve, Revisited

Surrendering to desire,
succumbing to the allure
of the whispered voice
describing the authority
that could be theirs:
Ye shall be as gods!

our ancestors
ate joyfully,
thrilled by
the taste of power.

The snake was guilty
only of naiveté:
for he sincerely spoke
God’s own truth.

There was no deception,
no effort to mislead;
the evil abides
in our imagination:
the kind of God
you believe in
is the kind of god
you’ll be.

If, on that sultry
sun-drenched afternoon,
they had run
to meet their Creator,
laughing with delight,
and freely sharing the news,
things would have been
decidedly different.

Instead,
they hid themselves
in the shadows
ashamed and afraid,
hissing and spitting
a venomous fog
of lies, excuses
and betrayal.

That set the scene:
a lasting pattern,
the human response
to our god-like authority;
misuse and abuse,
denial and deceit.

We made a god
of our own image;
forgetting the Creator,
indulging our ego;
choosing what was easy
over what was good;
preferring vengeance
to mercy;
loving violence
and hating peace.

And then …
when things go wrong,
we turn to God.
Because
we always need
Somebody
to blame.

Deborah Beach Giordano
© February 16, 2010

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