We have all heard of the Adam and Eve and the serpent who tempted them to eat the forbidden fruit, thereby rendering them rejected by God and cast forth from paradise to a world of thorns, death and destruction.
Have we considered the world or environment that they would have inhabited? From hints scattered through the Bible it would seem that their world would have been very different from the one we know and experience.
We now know that the universe is much more than the four dimensions we directly experience and observe. Height, length, depth and time are what we know empirically, but we also experience “spiritual” sensations, things that cannot be measured. Mind, emotions and will, are commonly agreed to be the “soul”. And we can experience emotions, love, hate, fear etc. All these things are undoubtedly real experiences but are intangible except to the one experiencing them.
We also know that there are many physical realms that other animals experience that we do not. There are wavelengths of light and other radiation that some animals can detect, of which, we are completely oblivious.
Back to Adam and Eve.
Luke 19:10 (KJV)
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.Acts 3:19-21 (NKJV)
If the Christian story is one of God restoring that which was lost, then the original experience of Adam and Eve must be a part of that restoration. So we find the Apostle Paul telling us a mystery.
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.1 Corinthians 15:50-53 (ESV)
We are promised that we shall partake in some new experience the likes of which we can only imagine. There will be a restoration of all that went before. This must include eventually the experience of Adam and Eve. So what was that experience? Can we gain any insight into what it may have been like?
Genesis 1:27 (ESV)
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
Really? In his own image? If God is anything he is beyond time and space, he must be beyond dimensionality and mere physical existence.
John 4:24 (ESV)
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
To be created in God’s image then is to be somehow beyond mere physicality and to be spirit. That mankind is both a spirit and physical being is, in the words of C.S. Lewis “that terrible oxymoron.”
To make an organism which is also a spirit; to make that terrible oxymoron, a ‘spiritual animal.’C.S. Lewis ~ A Grief Observed.
The offer of Christ is that we should experience eternal life. John 3:16. Therefore we can know that Adam and Eve experienced that kind of life, whatever that is. The question then becomes what is eternal life? That it is very different from this life must be plain.
- The requirements of eternal life are perfection for those who would experience it.
- It will be an experience both like and unlike that which we have had here on this earth.
- We are promised a new body.
- We will see Christ as he is and we will be like him.
Jesus can now manifest physically, as in the upper room after his resurrection. He can eat and drink. He can be touched and felt. But he also exists in a glorified state as revealed in Revelation chapter 1. So we will experience both a physical and spiritual existence, but in a way that is no longer oxy-moronic. It will be natural and powerful and dare I say multi-dimensional. We will be beyond space/time. We will be truly eternal, spiritual beings of power and glory.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.