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Adam, Eve, & Satan

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In the Ancient African Bible, thousands of years before organized Judeo-Christian religion, is a mythological story of Ausar (Osiris) and Auset (Isis). Both symbolized the first fertile human couple assigned to beget humanity. Out of this metaphor branched other mythological stories, one-- the Fall of Man--was sculptured on a very ancient Ethiopian temple wall--located at Abu Simbel in Nubia. The characters taking part in this Ethiopian "Fall of Man" scene were not Eve and Adam, but rather Aisha and Aish--shown in the Garden of Eden with the tempting serpent and the fatal tree. Ancient Africans called the place--located at the Nile River's origin in the delta and its end at the White Nile in Central Africa Great Lakes--by the name Khenthunnefer, a word meaning the "Garden of Eden."

Eventually this myth story was borrowed, but as a fact, by the Hebrews and the characters were renamed Adam and Eve, as later told in Genesis (Diop, Civilization or Barbarism, p. 311). The Hebrew Adam, now declared to be “the father of mankind," was so bored that, according to the Genesis story, God made Eve out of his rib--not the heart or brain. The story continues as Eve, having been deceived by a serpent, disguised as the devil, then tempted Adam. By man giving birth to a female--(reversing Nature's laws of females giving birth)--and by Eve tempting Adam served European males' biblical anti-feminism and being without blame for their evilness self-interest concepts. The European Bible (Gen. 3) states God's wrath (an anthropomorphism statement since the Ancient African Bible says God is unknowable) caused the fall of Adam and all humans thereafter would be cursed with "Original Sin." This meant the whole nature of humans was 'forever' totally corrupt (Rom. 7:14,15) and thus making Redemption necessary (as determined by what standard?) in order to restore humans to their original state. From this came an intimate association of Faith with sin, guilt, and fear + the core meaning of the word “Fail” being to deceive (as the devil did to Adam) + to fall short of having good success (as happened to Adam from engaging in sin).

Note that the African mythological gods Set (Seth) and Osiris ("Humankind's Father") can be found in the Creation Story of these OT and NT Bibles, with Set as the Snake who talks Adam and Eve out of Paradise. Note also that the African "Snake" personification illustrates how both the Jews and Greeks/Europeans took African mythology literarily and thereby wiped out its spiritual meaning. In the Ancient African Bible the Serpent represents, not evil, but instead the life force--the African Ka concept expanded into a principle and symbol of power. An example is seen in the original medical caduceus of Africans where the serpent is raised in height (the kundalini) so as to become a symbol of strength transformed into spirit or an aspect of power. Europeans used Set (or Seth) to originate the name Satan, personified as the Devil (Amen, Metu Neter II:134). Recall in Genesis (4: 25) that one of Adam and Eve's son is named Seth who replaces the brother Cain slew.

In Biblical times Satan, in Hebrew, meant adversary or enemy—a concept derived from Set and traditionally applied to the Devil, the personification of evil. European Christians embraced the Devil concept, as adopted in the OT (Ashby Egyptian Mysteries III:22). The African god Seth/Pan, the god of Nature, was next transformed into the Red Angel of Evil, Lucifer, Satan (Set-Hen)--a red man with tail, horns, and hooves. Satan, Evil, and Dark (signifying misery, punishment, perdition or loss of the soul and hell) became the trio Europeans used to characterize the "Dark Side"--and with the justification of: "the Devil made me do it." Throughout European history, people who possessed hateful thoughts and demonstrated evil deeds were thought to be possessed by demonic spirits, including the Devil. Around C6 BC, Satan appears in the OT as an individual angel, subordinate to God. Thereafter, he gradually becomes the source of all evil as a result of disbelieving in God and acknowledging no law except of man. European psychologists have said Satan's many consciousness forms include Egotism (with its self-opinionated and puffed up personality) and its opposite, self-depreciation. The point: the above discussed aspects have life-shaping consequences. To accept the Ancient African Bible's Spiritual Metaphors is to get in touch with ones own ground of Being. The European version leads one away from that reality. [Reproduced from Bailey, Ancient African Bible Messages]

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