As long as we keep trying to understand the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve within a moral framework of sin we miss the greater story of us. If the Garden is nature or reality or the Garden is our experience of the world (which is all we know after all), then our feeling of being separate from the world, resisting it, fighting it, complaining about it, and avoiding IS our exile from the Garden—and we are doing it to ourselves. We are Adam and Eve reenacting the bite of that apple every moment. And that bite of the Thought that I am separate from you and the world and also from myself. This is our exile. Stop biting the apple.
Biblical study and controversy seems endless, and I believe it is the fault of the viewpoint. We view the Bible from outside of it, in the past, in the present, or in the future, but always from the bank outside of the river of time. We don’t know how to view it from the inside subjectively. We don’t know that we can view the river by swimming in the river as the river.
We view the Garden as a story. Some say myth, some say it really happened, but either way it is a view from the outside. The argument has no answer, no proof or disproof. This view exhausts us.
A shift is needed. The Bible is not in time, the Bible IS time. The Bible is happening now. I am the Bible. I am Adam. I am Jesus. I am all the characters in the Bible, doing the Bible as they did it, but doing it now as me for the first time. See the Bible stories as a timeless play in which I am acting all the parts, as I do in my dreams at night.
Shift the center, shift the view point from being outside and the Bible being an IT, to being the center at one with the Bible as if you are speaking it yourself, co-creating the Bible now for the first time. Adam and Christ then become the old and the new viewpoint of You. If you can do this the Center will hold and you will no longer be in exile.