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The Garden of Eden Concept


The Creation of the World*

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

 

30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

 

The Seventh Day, God Rests

1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.

3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

 

The Creation of Man and Woman

4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground,

6 and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—

7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.

9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers.

11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.

12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.

13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush.

14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden,

17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.

20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.

21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.

22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

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We humans and also the animals were created for the glory of God, without falsehood. We were created as plant-eaters and in the Garden of Eden there was no bloodshed, no killing, no eating meat. Everything was pure and good. It was not until the Fall that all flesh began to eat meat and hunt. The whole universe and the whole earth and the whole heaven is full of sin. Only when God creates a new heaven and a new earth will all that be gone. No one will kill and eat meat anymore. And we should start now. That is the Garden-of-Eden-concept.


How can we live like that again?

First of all, we would like to make it clear that it is not 100% about living like in the Garden of Eden again. This means that we don't have to walk around naked again. That is completely excluded from it. That wouldn't work anyway, since we now know that we are naked because of sin. So this would not be a real Garden of Eden.

The best way to live like in the Garden of Eden is to start without eating dead bodies. Means that the first good step is to become a vegetarian. The next and most important step is to become a vegan or a frutarian. Vegans don't eat anything at all from animals, neither their meat, nor milk, eggs, cheese, because this also comes from animals. Furthermore, they do not wear animal skins such as fur or leather.

Frutarians eat only fruits, grains and leaves. They only eat what nature gives them voluntarily. So if they want to eat an apple or walnuts, they have to wait for the tree to give it to them voluntarily until it falls down. Under no circumstances must they pick it themselves! Here it goes very strongly in the direction of the plant love, beside the animal love. Frutarians also take great care that plants have a right to life and that they must be protected. You must not damage them by picking an apple, for example! This also has a big advantage, because if you pick the apple or walnut from the tree too early, it may not be ripe enough. The tree decides when its fruit is ripe and may be eaten.

However, meat eaters are welcome to join us to inform themselves or be inspired to become vegan or frutarian; as a kind of "guest disciples". But a real meat eater must never join our church to become a real disciple, because that would poison the whole church. So you have to be a real vegan (or vegetarian at first) to be part of our family.

Recently we were also a church for vegetarians, but since more and more facts come to light about how cruel the animals are kept to produce eggs, milk and the like, we have given up vegetarianism for ourselves. After all, it is not only about the fact that the animal is allowed to survive and we do not eat dead bodies. It is much more in the direction that the animal is not only allowed to live, but also to live happily! If the animal is used however for the forced production of milk and eggs etc. and it must put up with torture, abuse, unworthy life circumstances, separation from its mother/children and much more for it, that is also against our principles of love. It must not be that man can keep the animal as he pleases and has the right to torture and kill freely. It cannot be that animals are kept for the "benefit" of humans. Does man have a use? So one could hire man again as a slave for oneself, if everything on earth should always have a personal benefit.

Thus we put off vegetarianism and live vegan or frutarian, so that we separate ourselves strongly from torture and abuse of animals and do not support it. We pray for the poor animals, the poor nature and the poor people of this earth ...


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