Asked in Adam and Eve
Were Adam and Eve Banished or exiled?
September 30, 2014 10:42PM
A: Leon R. Kass (The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis) says that in the story of Adam and Eve, their banishment (or exile) was not really a punishment, but happened as a matter of necessity.
In the Book of Genesis, there were two forbidden trees in the Garden of Eden, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life. Once Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit (the "apple") of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they were they were now like gods (Genesis 3:22: "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us..."), but had also become aware of their mortality.
The only difference between them and God (or the gods) was that they must die. By eating of the Tree of Life, they would then also be immortal. In Genesis 3:24, God drove out the man and placed at the entrance to the Garden of Eden, cherubim and a flaming sword to keep [block] the way of the Tree of Life. In the Genesis story, Adam and Eve were sent from the Garden and could not be allowed back for fear they would eat of the second tree.
This depends on how one defines the terms. Generally banishment is of a more permanent nature and exile implies the possibility of return at some future time.
Since Eden itself no longer exists on the earth from the time of the destruction of Noah's flood, there certainly is no possibility of return to any such place, nor was there in Adam and Eve's own day. The clear meaning of the scripture was that their expulsion from Eden due to sin was a permanent thing due to the serious nature of their offence. God was never going to change His mind and allow them to return from exile - although He certainly promised a future return to a restored relationship with Himself through the promise of a redeemer who would ''bruise the serpent's head'' viz. Jesus Christ.
You may not be aware of this, but Christianity is very shortly going to be very upset...literally Information has came out that pretty much disproves the notion that Adam and Eve were the progenitors of the human race. It is known for a fact now that the race of Homo-sapiens did not come from just 2 people.
No Adam and Eve=no garden of Eden=no original sin=no first murder= no need for a Christ to absolve original sin. Lots of changes coming up my friends. It will take years for the theologians to sort this out.