Genesis 2:7-9-Answering Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati

Didn’t God knew that Adam would be ousted from Garden of Eden?

Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.

."And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man because a living soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." (2:7 – 9.)

C. When God planted the garden at Eden and placed Adam therein did not He know then that he would have to turn him out of it?

Since God formed Adam of the dust of the ground, he was not made in the image of God; otherwise, God also must have been made of the dust. When God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, was that breath God Himself or something else? If it was something different, man was not made in the image of God, but if it was so Adam and God are alike and being alike God also like man becomes subject to birth and death, growth and decay, hunger and thirst. How can then such a being be called God? For this reason this statement recorded in the Old Testament does not appear to be right, nor can therefore, this book be the Word of God.

Answer:  For the first part of this question, whether God knew that Adam and Eve would have to be sent out of Garden, He certainly knew it. However, every Hindu, Muslim or Christian has to answer similar questions for the current state of the world.

Why did the all-knowing, all powerful God create/make this world? Why is the world like this? Answering that it is because of the past karma is only delaying the question for one more step and not an answer. If it is about the past karma, why did the past karma become like that? For such an answer, the question ends in infinite regress of questions which is nothing but an absurdity.

For the second part of this question- “Since God formed Adam of the dust of the ground, he was not made in the image of God; otherwise, God also must have been made of the dust.”

I have already given the Biblical qualification for the image of God as well as the definition that the Bible itself gives in the previous answer. So the argument that “God also must been made of the dust” is unfounded and baseless.

As for the breath of God, the Holy Bible itself explains the meaning.

In John 20:22: And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.”

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