It is commonly known that the big event that changed our relationship with God happened with Original Sin, but what we totally missed was the answers to the age-old, million dollar question, “Why am I here?”Way before Original Sin came into the picture, God had a plan, which is the purpose of our existence. Let me explain:
When God created the world, He put man on the earth to rule and have dominion over all the creatures and amenities. He and man, Adam, had a relationship that was unique from the other creatures of the new world. “God…breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,” Adam shared in God’s being with having a divine soul. In His own image, God and man shared an intimate relationship that no other creature could enjoy. After awhile, however, man realized that he was alone, his only kind.
Original Solitude was both a good thing and when Adam realized that no other creature resembled himself or met his kindred needs, man experienced loneliness, a fact that needed rectifying. God then made Eve whom Adam found to be completely satisfactory.
Original Unity was when Adam, knowing how it felt to be alone and unfulfilled, was presented with a help-mate who was truly like him and different from him in a pleasing way. He was attracted to her and he brought her to himself and they became one flesh. Man was then fulfilled and no longer a solitary person. They were meant for each other and naked, they were not ashamed.
Original Nakedness was the natural state for Adam and Eve. They were not created by God with fig leaves or shown where to find covering for their bodies. They were not inclined to be ashamed of themselves and needing to be shielded from each other. They were freely given to each other, free to give themselves to each other, and bound by no guilt of sin, dividing them from each other’s love and attention. Full-throttle, wide-open, no pretenses, no games or folly, just love.
Now why does all this answer the question of why we are made? By going back to the beginning, as Pope John Paul II knew, in writing his “Theology of the Body” we would discover our roots, the relationship that man had with God in the first place. By us going back and seeing our history just a little bit closer, we can see what God wants for us: happiness and freedom in our relationships, both with Him and with others.
Copyright 2009 Ebeth Weidner