Episode:The Betrayal Begets Default (Part 4)
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The story of Cain slaying Abel is not a myth. The farmer did kill the herder, but the two sons did not share the same father. Moreover, Adam elected to leave behind as much of his life plasm as possible through many select women of Urantia. In the second garden the Adamites maintained the arts of writing, metalworking, pottery making, and weaving and produced a type of architecture that was not excelled in thousands of years.
Summary by Kermit
2. Cain and Abel
Abel was the first child of A&E to be born in the second garden. He was born less than two years after Cain. Foreshadowing the customs of today’s bar-mitzvah rite, upon reaching the age of twelve, they chose their life’s work, Cain choosing to follow agriculture and Abel electing to become a herder. Also, in accordance with their customs, they made offerings to the priesthood in keeping with their occupations. The preference for Abel’s animal offerings over Cain’s fruits of the fields, notwithstanding the older Edenic traditions discouraging animal sacrifice, further fueled a longstanding enmity between the half-brothers. But Adam, was distracted by numerous details associated with their hard life in the second garden, and allowed a reversion to the standards and rulings of pre-Adamic times. Abel also persistently taunted Cain with the fact that Adam was not his father. This coupled with Cain’s natural bellicose inheritance led to his ever-increasing hatred for his brother, which one day resolved with Cain’s murder of Abel.
This family drama illustrates the respective roles of heredity and environment in the development of character. We are told her that heredity lies at the bottom of all character. And further, that an inferior early environment can temporarily nullify a superior heredity, but a favorable environment cannot contribute much toward overcoming a base heredity.
Abel, with his superior heredity would have become an entirely different person had he lived long enough, but early favorable social environment and proper education are indispensable for getting the most out of a good inheritance.
Following Abel’s murder, Cain decided to leave the garden. Upon his repentance and counsel from his mother, he became Adjuster indwelt. He departed for the land of Nod to the east and became a great leader among a group of his father’s people, partially fulfilling Serapatatia’s predictions.
Discussion: A murder victim’s possession of an indwelling Thought Adjuster was cited as a reason for such a murder being punishable by death. That Cain was not so punished, but rather given the tribal mark of Adam and his own Thought Adjuster led to several lines of speculation. The most intriguing being that, Abel may not have had a Thought Adjuster, and being eighteen and older than the “usual age” of mental individuation from his parents (16) may not have survived to the Mansion Worlds. This speculation is further reinforced by the later reference to Seth as the oldest “surviving” son of A&E born in the second garden.
3. Life in Mesopotamia
With the passage of time, the consequences of the default became increasingly apparent. Adam wisely spent most of the time training his children and their associates in civil administration, educational methods, and religious devotions.
Here we are given the origins of the civil rulers and the priesthood. The former were derived hereditarily from the sons of the first garden, while the latter originated with Seth. We are reminded that these high-minded and noble teachers of health and religion are not to be confused with the debased and commercial priesthoods of later tribes. These religious teachers had advanced and more or less accurate concepts of Deity.
Discussion: In our discussion it was noted that the divine right of kings had it’s origins from these times. Also, the origins of the Biblical genealogy narratives from the days of Adam were more or less confirmed. As previously mentioned, the extreme longevity of the ancestors was explained by the practice counting lunar months as years. Yet, not all ages in the Bible were so confused. Adam’s age at the time of Seth’s birth is given correctly as one hundred twenty-nine years.
4. The Violet Race
The violet race, founded by A&E was the ninth human race to appear on Urantia. This race is characterized by blue eyes, fair complexions and light hair color. The Andonic and Sangik races, by comparison had dark eyes, complexions and hair.
As previously mentioned, A&E were energized by a dual system consisting of material food, radiant energy, and superphysical energies derived from the tree of life. Their Urantia offspring possessed only a single circulation and were not immortal. They were long-lived, but their longevity diminished toward the human norm with succeeding generations.
A&E and their first generation offspring did not eat flesh. Subsequent generations added dairy products, but many maintained a non-flesh diet.
A&E’s superior spiritual and physical vision diminished in succeeding generations. After their degradation to mortal status they retained their ability to see celestial beings for more than one hundred years.
Unfortunately, the present day human races retain a susceptibility to disease and are inordinately subject to fear due to our deprivation of the full measure of Adamic life plasm.
The final paragraph of this section describes Adam’s effort to leave behind as much of his life plasm as possible to benefit the world after his death. A commission on race improvement was led by Eve. Over sixteen hundred of the highest type of women were selected to be impregnated with the Adamic life plasm. This resulted in the addition of over fifteen hundred superior men and women to the human race.
We entertained considerable speculation concerning this intriguing episode of A&E’s mission on Urantia. No definitive answers were forthcoming, but many questions remain: What mechanism of impregnation was employed? Direct mating on Adam’s part or some type of artificial insemination?
Regarding these selected women, what are the implications of the racial incompatibilities evinced by Laotta’s and Eve’s extreme difficulties of their respective deliveries of Sansa and Cain?
Was this type of direct engagement of the Adamic life plasm with the native peoples envisioned by the Melchizedeks and for which provisions made to secure their survival?