Zappa missed the mark on his comment. The apple story is an Old Testement Israelite thing.
Christ came ali g and said "Great story but it's a story, there is no sin in knowledge."
Don't bother, petros. In their world, Ignorance is obviously their bliss.
That's a huge problem with much of organized religion, personal choice and independent thinking are not really encouraged.
Actually, the tree name got short formed. It wasn't the "Tree of Knowledge" It was the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Although the story does show what an a$$hole "God" is. He creates this perfect paradise but puts a fruit tree in it that Adam isn't supposed to go near knowing full well he was going to happen anyway. So basically God set up Adam and Eve to fail and then got pissed off at them when they met his expectations. And on top of it all, he let Satan sneak in and offer up the temptation. Good security there, God.
I suspect that the list of "Who doesn't discourage" would be shorter. Isn't the essence of most religious teachings a set of rules to live by? You know, the whole Ten Commandments sort of thing? Doesn't that presume an inability of people to figure out right from wrong themselves?
Maybe, just maybe you're reading into something that isn't there?
That could be more of a statistical thing Cliffy. Our materialistic society leads to greater frustration among the poor, hence the higher crime rates. The same laws still apply to the rich.
Another point is that religious "law" is often based upon ancient writings that 1.) have not kept pace with the social evolution of society, and 2.) lend themselves to various, often ambiguous, interpretations. Fundamentalists often lose the "spirit" of religious law in their cleavage to the written word.
Nope. If you read the story carefully, Adam and Eve were set up to fail. If God didn't want them eating the fruit from that one tree, why the hell put it there in the first place then?
The story is just an allegory though, used to explain how we ended up feeling things like pride and shame etc. but it also makes God look like a complete jerk.
As in societal laws, religious laws are there to protect those in charge, not the sheeple. The first police forces were formed to protect the rich from the poor, and religious laws were to protect the priest cast. The church of Rome had their own standing army and the inquisition to deal with those who questioned their authority.