For the purposes of this first experiment, let’s suppose that the serpent in the garden was Adam operating in the spirit of the flesh conversing with Eve about the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Scripture says she was deceived but Adam was not! There are only two real options for Adam’s thought process on this point. Either he would rather die (cease to exist) than obey, or he would rather reign in hell than serve in heaven. Both of these options are totally self-centered and self-destructive and are rooted in the lie that he was sovereign over his realm. (Bear in mind that ‘given dominion’ is not the same as autonomous sovereignty. He was still answerable to God and the rest of humanity for the consequences of his actions. As are we!) The idea of self-sacrifice for another is foreign to him. Agape love is foreign to him. Yet that is what was expected of Adam in the spirit of the flesh if he was to serve Adam the spirit of the image—selflessness.
And yet how can the spirit of the image grow to understand and value holiness and selflessness of the kind displayed by Jesus Christ if the results of sin do not exist?
Which brings us face to face with the question: what should our understanding of the plan of God be?
The stated goal is for us be “be ye Holy as I am Holy”. Again the question must be faced: Is this the best of all possible worlds for God to accomplish His stated goal for us? Which in turn forces us to examine in some detail our idea of the purpose of the ‘Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil’ and the ultimate end of the plan of God for His creation!
Not to mention our concept of the nature of Adam in light of his actions since he was not deceived but sinned against his Creator willfully and willingly!
One more thing should be considered: Is it wrong of me to delve into ‘Experimental Theology’? Or should I just pick something that sounds good and stake my eternal reward on that roll of the dice, believing that I am incapable of thinking about the Word of God in a way that would lead to a deeper understanding of my Lord and Savior as the Second Adam?