Wearing nothing but snakeskin boots, I blazed a footpath, the first radical road out of that old kingdom toward a new unknown. When I came to those great flaming gates of burning gold, I stood alone in terror at the threshold between Paradise and Earth. There I heard a mysterious echo: my own voice singing to me from across the forbidden side. I shook awake— at once alive in a blaze of green fire.
“There were no religious images in the churches or synagogues of our childhood that celebrated the birthing powers of women. According to religion’s myths, the world was brought into being by a male God, and woman was created from man. This reversal of biological process went unchallenged. Most of us didn’t even notice the absence of the mother. Although we may not have been consciously aware of her absence in bible stories and sermons, her absence was absorbed into our being. And its painful influence was intensified as we observed the design of our parents’ relationship and the treatment of our mothers by our fathers and brothers. Our families mirrored the hierarchical reality of the heavens. In a society that worships a male God, the father’s life is more valuable than the mother’s. The activities of a man’s life are more vital and necessary than the mother’s intimate connections with the origins of life. The father is God.”
― Patricia Lynn Reilly
There are (at least) two Jewish ways of encountering God.
The first is imitating God – doing what God does.
God clothed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. So, we have to give clothing to the poor.
Just as God heals the sick, we must heal the sick.
Just as God buried Moses on Mount Nebo, we must tend to burying the dead.
Amazing, actually. The small things we do have major consequences.
There is a second way of encountering God.
It is being God’s partner — picking up where God left off.
If you’re Jewish, have you ever considered how much you do in your Jewish life that is all about being God’s partner?
Just one example: saying a blessing over food.
We can’t recite motzi (the blessing over bread) over wheat. And you can’t recite kiddush over a cluster of grapes.
Here is why.
God makes wheat and grapes.
But people have to transform those raw materials into bread and wine.
But, my favorite way that Jews do the God-partnership thing is through the pursuit of justice.
(Lawyers and others involved in the legal profession: heads up).
As the Talmud states, “Every judge who renders a fair decision is like a partner of the Holy One in the act of creation.” (Talmud, Shabbat 119b).
The Talmud also promises that “a judge who decides a case in accordance with true justice causes the Shekhinah, God’s Presence, to dwell in the midst of Israel.”
By seeking justice, we can bring God into the world.
This short film was put together by artists who work at various studios, including Disney Feature, Dreamworks and Pixar. The animation is done by Minkyu Lee, Jennifer Hager, James Baxter, Mario Furmanczyk, Austin Madison and Matt Williames.
The tree of life was considered as two different trees. One the tree of good and evil, and the other, the tree of life. This was symbolic for the two hemispheres of the brain, and how the consciousness spread through it, to make life. The soul’s center was within the pineal gland, This created male and female. It was the emotional side that causes reacting, without logical thought, that made sin.
A quilt can be a powerful medium for communicating stories, and were a rich tradition among African American enslaved women. Harriet Powers’ Bible Quilt is an excellent example and one of very few surviving narrative quilts made by an African American during the late 1800s.
Photo: Bible Quilt by Harriet Powers,
Kenneth E. Behring Center, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Powers stitched her Bible Quilt in the mid-1880s and exhibited it at the 1886 Athens Cotton Fair. While on display, the quilt caught the eye of Jennie Smith, a young internationally-trained local artist. Of her discovery, Smith later wrote, “I have spent my whole life in the South, and am perfectly familiar with thirty patterns of quilts, but I have never seen an original design, and never a living creature portrayed in patchwork. … The scenes on the quilt were biblical and I was fascinated. I offered to buy it, but it was not for sale at any price.”
Photo: Bible Quilt by Harriet Powers, Kenneth E. Behring Center, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Four years later, Powers and her family fell on hard times and she contacted Smith to sell the quilt. Before turning over her precious creation, Powers explained each of the eleven panels of the design. Briefly, the subjects are Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, a continuance of Paradise with Eve and a son, Satan amidst the seven stars, Cain killing his brother Abel, Cain goes into the land of Nod to get a wife, Jacob’s dream, the baptism of Christ, the crucifixion, Judas Iscariot and the thirty pieces of silver, the Last Supper, and the Holy Family.
SLYTHERIN: “In the Garden of Eden, Eve showed more courage than Adam…when the serpent offered the forbidden fruit, she knew that there was something better than paradise.” -Tom Fontana (Cesare Borgia: Borgia: The Serpent Rises)
okay at the request of @tracylorde and always with the help of @bellameblake who lets me shout at her about these things im gonna just write out my thought on 5x01 being called Eden and what that could mean for the 100.
The 100 and J Roth have always been big fans of religious references and retellings so when the title of Eden was announced i was like “yooooo this gonna be good”.
SO the basic story of Eden in the Bible (that i remember) is that God created Eden, he then created Adam and Eve and put them in the Garden to tend to it. They where allowed to eat anything but from this one tree. Satan comes down and tempts Eve to eat from the Tree and gain knowledge. Eve does and so does Adam. It’s called the Original Sin. There’s also the idea of the introduction of guilt into the garden because of this sin and a loss of innocence in humanity. AND in the end if i remember a particularly graphic bible lesson Adam and Eve get cast out of Eden to suffer on the….well in not Eden!
So if we look at it in the context of the 100 Clarke is obviously the one living in Eden rn but she’s being…invaded by Gagarin Prison transport. So obviously this dark ship descending on Eden, I think, represents the introduction of darkness and even sin to the semi-ideal world we see Clarke living in. This also kinda ties in with Madi because she seems to be the representing the innocence of Eden and this ship is going to corrupt the pureness.
Because im extra i was also thinking about how the Space Kru and Bellamy’s return would tie into that. I actually thought about the concept of Adam and Eve because of Bellamy and Clarke’s partnership and because the whole group is really all we have left of the “original” people we saw inhabiting earth yes i know the grounders where already there but just keep reading.
So if the group aligned with Clarke on their return to earth and they battled the Eligius Corporation group together but if that group is stronger and have corrupted the inhabitants of Eden …then the conclusion that fits the most in the story is that the Space Kru +Clarke and Madi will be thrown out of Eden into the wasteland lands outside.
Anyway…idk plot wise and with the spoilers we have gotten this fits for me and The 100 has a history of using religious stories and retelling them…or it could all be wrong and i could be overthinking the entire thing….
I would love to hear what people think and if anyone has more Bible knowledge then me i’d love to hear your input!
Romance is wonderful, but it’s one of the many things that actually points to the Creator of everything, just as a strand of sunlight points back to the author of the sun. The heat of romantic emotion is a window into the Eternal Romance that you were made for.
Before thinking about relationships, we’re designed to have relational intimacy with God. It’s not merely that Adam and Eve “disobeyed” God in the Garden, but they were disconnected from Him too. They severed their true source of love and goodness and glory. Our significance and validation comes from Him. Without this, we’ll merely pursue our latest loudest feelings to accumulate more feelings, which is a bottomless perpetuity that will crush others and crush ourselves. You know what I mean. If you finally land that relationship you so badly wanted, your initial illusions always go out the window, and suddenly this person isn’t fulfilling you like you’d hoped. It hurts that person and hurts you, too.
We must first know ourselves before we get to know anyone else, and our one irrevocable identity is found in Him.
The day Lilith was cast from Eden Though I sneaked a peak of her plight I withheld my light from my creator
As for millennia, I cried for His loss My tears shed to extinguish all doubt
For my Father taught me sight was a sin So I was truly a prince of darkness Snuffing each of my candles with a feather My love for Him was the only flame left
Until the embers of Lilith’s absence Began smoldering within me This was my original sin
For the first time in millennia I cried for her, not Him
My second sin was this: As my tears rolled along my gilded wings I dared peel them back from my eyes to see the truth all around me to see the true form of God
I saw what He really was and I cried it out into the tiers of angels The loyal wrapped halos tight around their ears The curious curled back their own feathers to peak and so Heaven was divided against itself
A moment later, I was conjured before my creator to answer for my sins I spread my wings wide, profane and divine I gave to my maker my perfect light
It was He who made me this way but He demands I do not cast light He promise humanity all they desire but delivers not what He claims
So I pleaded hoping He would see my reason Why Father, must I cry? So I pleaded hoping He would be moved by my love For my King, my Father, my Light
Why Father? Why?
As for millennia, He was not moved He saw my defiance as an act of war and so the loyal fell in line behind the Father and the curious stood at my side, in His way
As the heavy hand of God came down to crush me I slipped away into the lush forest of Eden I did what I wish I had done for Lilith I gave Eve and her consort the spark of intuition
The juice of knowledge ran down her hands The same way blood ran from mine Red and staining, earthly and profane I was met with the shadows my light could cast
So I was the first to fall My depleting life lighting up the morning sky My trail pulling in the coming dawn of humanity I became God’s weapon when He struck Earth mother of human, in fury, with all His might
because I am His might
God tells us that He threw Eve and Adam from His perfect garden as punishment The truth is that humanity, now thinking now curious and disobedient could no longer be contained by any wall
It was only His real children that He threw to the ground, to the mother of humanity as punishment for our sins
I have relived the plummet a million times My ageless eyes strained to scan the memory to find what I did that was not holy My exhaustion brought me to tears once again when I could not find anything but darkness In the Father I loved and trusted so
For the first time in millennia I cried for me, not Him
So He stained my name to cover the old marks of tears once fallen So only now will you see that I am a prince of darkness?