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South Africa’s own Adam & Eve

“Adam and Eve”: A viral video of a man and a woman sleeping in a public bus goes viral, as does their position. A guy and a woman fell into a deep sleep aboard a public bus that was likely on a lengthy journey.

The video was taken and uploaded to TikTok by Slim Mama on December 17, and as of December 21, it is still trending. The lady and the man slept so deeply on the bus, resulting in 461k views for the video.

South Africa’s own Adam & Eve

A woman has released a video of a guy and a woman soundly asleep on a public bus. In the video released by Slim Mama on December 17, the man and woman struggled to remain conscious as the bus continued to go forward.

Their heads finally collided, and they momentarily awoke before falling back to sleep. Slim Mama disliked the situation and stated that she took the bus because she did not own a vehicle. TikTok viewers who have viewed the video concur that it is difficult to fight sleep in public and that the two must have been quite exhausted.

The story of Adam and Eve

Who does not know the narrative of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve? But are we certain that we understand it correctly? Let’s collectively recall the history of all the stories.

The story of Adam and Eve

Catholics regard Eve and Adam to be the ancestors of all humanity. Their story has been told to us since we were children, and it is both beautiful and terrible because it tells of the immense love of God, who chose to create these two special creatures to give them the gift of the wonderful world that had just sprung forth from his hands, but it also tells of original sin and how the first man and woman disgraced their Father, deserving to be expelled from Paradise.

However, the account of Adam and Eve conceals far deeper truths that undoubtedly merit careful examination. Consider the fact that acknowledging their existence entails acknowledging that all humanity is sprung from the same marriage and that we are, therefore, one huge family. A not-so-indifferent concept, particularly in times when love, fraternity, and compassion are continually questioned.

It is worth pausing for a moment to reflect on this old and intriguing history and the hidden implications it conceals, which have been the foundation of Catholic theology since its inception. Over the millennia, concepts such as original sin and the apple of sin have conditioned and regulated the lives of countless men and women, and we continue to live with the legacy of that guilt, of that stigma that has branded humanity as a whole and that only the sacrifice of Jesus could call into question.

Adam and Eve’s creation

This book narrates the days of Creation when God desired to create the known world and all its inhabitants. In five days, God created the heavens, the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars, all the fish, birds, and animals.

Man was created on the sixth day of creation.

God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God made man in his own likeness. In the image of God, he created man; he created male and female. God congratulated them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth; conquer it and rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:26-28)

However, the Bible contains a second account of this identical episode:

The guy named all cattle, all birds of the sky, and all animals of the land, but he could not find a suitable assistant for himself. Yahweh God forced the guy to fall into a deep sleep, and while he slept, he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh. Then, the Lord God fashioned a woman from the man’s rib and brought her to him. (Genesis 2:20-22)

These two versions, Fonte Sacerdotale and Fonte Jahvista, are linked to the documentary or documentary hypothesis, formulated by the German biblical scholar Julius Wellhausen, according to which the first five books of the Bible, the so-called Pentateuch (Torah for the Jews), or Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, were not written by Moses alone, but by four probable authors, the initials of whose names make up the initial

Clearly, the two versions of the genesis of the first man and the first woman differ significantly. In the beginning, God simultaneously created Adam and Eve in his own image and made them the rulers of Paradise on earth. In the second scenario, however, Adam was formed first, and God only granted him authority over the things and animals he himself had created. The female arrived later. Obviously, this is not the place to delve more into these two perspectives, but the repercussions that the two divergent views have had in the history of the Church and humanity, particularly with regard to the relationship between men and women, are clear.

The Adam and Eve narrative for children

Beyond the scholarly interpretations and research of eminent biblical academics, how can we simply recount the story of Adam and Eve? How would we continue, for instance, if we were explaining it to children? This story must convey to children the immense love of God, who created a wondrous world in order to offer it to humans. Since everything around them is the result of love, children must appreciate and defend it, enjoy it, and never, ever take it for granted, as is so often the case. Then it will undoubtedly be beneficial to let children comprehend the gravity of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, who ate the apple despite God’s command not to, but were free to eat all the other lovely and delicious fruits that grew in plenty in the Garden of Eden. To emphasize this point, it may be instructive to compare it to the disobedience of children, who disregard their parents’ responsibilities and advice. Duties and suggestions are always given for their own benefit. Again, it will be vital to emphasize the concept of free will: God gave Adam and Eve the option to do as they pleased, including whether or not to love him. He did not compel them to do anything; everything he did for them was a generous gift. Despite this, their lack of gratitude disappointed him. The story could unfold as follows:

God is so wonderful that he chose to create a lovely garden one day. He populated it with plants, flowers, and creatures of all kinds, and he spread the sky with the sun, moon, and stars above it. After completing his work, God created the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve, and he intended to give them this paradise on earth. Adam and Eve would be free to wander wherever they pleased in a world without pain, disease, or death, and to eat all the fruits that grew on the trees in the garden, with the exception of the apples that grew on the central tree.
Eve allowed herself to be enticed by a serpent despite God’s warnings, who warned her that eating the fruit of the tree would enable her to distinguish between good and evil. Eve ate a forbidden fruit and then offered it to Adam.

God suffered immensely after discovering their disobedience swiftly. He had constructed a paradise for them and given it to them without asking for anything in return. As retribution, he expelled them from Paradise on earth and doomed them and all their descendants to suffering and death.

Adam and Eve: the fruit narrative and original sin

The tale of the apple, the forbidden fruit that would have made Adam and Eve equal to God and granted them knowledge of good and evil, is not just for youngsters. In fact, it is the foundation of the Catholic faith. In truth, original sin resulted in the fall of man and the breach of the implicit agreement between him and God, which has had implications for all of humanity for millennia. This single act of disobedience is the source of all human ills. Before it, man was perfect, disease- and injury-resistant, eternal, and content. This conduct originates from man’s desire to judge for himself what is good and what is wicked, rather than depending on God’s infinite wisdom and love.

The account of original sin, from the serpent’s temptation to Eve’s gesture of taking the apple from the tree and delivering it to Adam, is permeated with allusions to a vast number of earlier sacred legends. Intriguingly, the serpent’s comments are sufficient to plant in Eve the seed of doubt, the notion that God’s command not to eat the fruit of the tree was unjust. Above all, it is frightening because the serpent’s promise to Eve, that she and Adam will receive knowledge of good and evil by eating the forbidden apple, effectively becoming like God, is so convincing.

The expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise

After Adam and Eve have picked and sampled the apple, the first and only realization they have is that they are naked. Immediately following their fall, the first man and woman experienced their first negative emotion: shame.

God immediately summons the three guilty parties, who attempt to exonerate themselves by accusing one another. God’s wrath strikes them all: first the serpent, who is cursed, then Eve, condemned to the pains of childbirth and to be subordinate to the man, and finally Adam, who had previously been lavish and generous with him, condemned to toil and sweat to gather the fruits of the soil.

God condemns man and woman, along with all of their descendants, to physical death, whereas they were previously immortal. This is without a doubt the worst consequence of this reckless act. It will take thousands of years and the arrival of Jesus Christ before there is any possibility of reconciliation for this dreadful rift. The descendants of Adam recognize in Jesus the potential of redemption, the illusion of eternal life at the end of time, but only for those who know how to merit it.

What children did Adam and Eve have?

Once banished from Eden, Adam and Eve had between 14 and 140 offspring, according to tradition. However, the only three individuals mentioned in the Bible are Cain, Abel, and Seth. Cain married Calmana, Abel’s twin sister, and Deborah, Abel’s twin sister. Cain, Abel’s killer, later married Abel’s sister, Awan, and sired Enoch with her. Seth married his sister Azura, who gave birth to Enos, the progenitor of Noah and his offspring. The descendants of Cain, on the other hand, became nomadic cattle ranchers and mastered the technique of metal forging, though they were distinguished by violence and polygamy.

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