Recent articles about the Adam and Eve Myth and the ancient Mesopotamian Gilgamesh story confirm their common content: God sends people who disobey him to an earth filled with strife, misery, sweat and tears. In the Biblical Myth God condemns Adam and Eve to a life of struggle, with the sweat of their brows. Many who discuss the fall of Adam and Eve ask why a compassionate and loving God would condemn his children to such lives.
A Couse in Miracles has a similar concept: we separated from God in Heaven and endure in a world filled with contradictions and complexity. But the Course teaches us that God did not cause the separation, we did, so Jesus provides us with this kind and comforting response.
God forgives and loves us.
One passage of many where that is expressed is at the very end of Chapter 16 in the New Lord’s Prayer: especially this sentence.
What can there be in us that needs forgiveness when Yours is perfect?
There is nothing in us which needs God’s forgiveness because our separation from God is an illusion.
And in this sentence the idea is strengthened.
The sleep of forgetfulness is only the unwillingness to remember Your forgiveness and Your Love.
Here “the sleep” is our dream in which we remembered not to laugh at a “…tiny mad idea,” that caused us to split our mind into the right and wrong mind and separate from God. Forgetfulness and unwillingness to remember makes the illusion.
One passage where Jesus discusses these concepts is in section VIII, The Hero of The Dream. [the body] Especially the final section of Text Chapter27, The healing of the Dream. Here is paragraph 6.
Let us return the dream he gave away unto the dreamer, who perceives the dream as separate from himself and done to him. Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny, mad idea, at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh. In his forgetting did the thought become a serious idea, and possible of both accomplishment and real effects. Together, we can laugh them both away, and understand that time cannot intrude upon eternity. It is a joke to think that time can come to circumvent eternity, which [means] there is no time. [my emphasis]
Paragraphs 7-12 of Chapter 27 Section VIII include helpful thoughts which lead to the following. When we learn that we do all of this to ourselves (our separation from God), and realize we keep it secret from ourselves we can let go of this vale of tears and sweat, remember to laugh, and know that the illusion of time “cannot intrude upon eternity.”
Jesus’ gives us a kind way to let go the negative history of the Biblical Genesis myth and the Gilgamesh story.
He reminds us of God’s forgiveness and love.
That reminder helps us cope with our time here in the separation.