The Bible is an incredible book. First, it isn't really just one book. It is written by different authors over several centuries and languages. And yet it tells one story. It tells a story that begins with a perfect Garden and ends with a perfect city. It's climax is the fulcrum on which all of history turns--the life, death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
So what happens in the Garden of Eden is important. It clues us in on God's perfect will.
And so the questions we ask are these:
- What was the original job given to the man before the fall?
- What was the original job given to the woman before the fall?
- How are the man and woman the same? How are they different?
- How did they communicate with God?
- What did they eat?
- What did they wear?
- What was the blessing that God spoke to them?
Now, if God, through the life, death and resurrection of Christ, intends to renew his creation, then I think it is important to spend some time thinking about what creation would have been like without sin. Not that we should become n*de vegans (I really don't want to turn up on someone's search for a n*de vegan.) But Christ's arrival on this planet changed things. He now allows our bodies to be temples--places where heaven and earth intersect (before Christ--well, several generations before Christ, the Temple was the place where heaven and earth intersected). He also allows us to work with the Holy Spirit's guidance at the renewal of his creation. And if we want to do this then we need to know the creation story along with it's implications for our present situation.