Forum: Why does God have a man-crush on Adam?

{Graduate Studies; forum discussion regarding early Christian infatuation}

These issues of love between Abelard and Heloise…and God, put me in mind of another “love story” – the creation myth of Christianity via Paradise Lost by Milton.  God created the animals and plants and man – the plants and animals He originally created in male and female flavors so that they were able to reproduce.  Adam, however, is created solely in God’s image {fine, may sound sacrilegious, but I’m saying it anyway} and for God’s enjoyment only.  God wants Adam to love Him more than anything; God wants Adam to be happy – so He says – and not feel alone; God tells Eve, “{…}follow me, / And I will bring thee where no shadow stays / Thy coming, and thy soft embraces, he whose image thou art; him thou shalt bear / Multitudes like thyself, and thence be called Mother of human race” (Milton Book IV, 469-475).  God creates Eve for Adam but then incessantly pouts over Adam’s attention being given to Eve.  God is jealous of Adam and Eve’s connection.  Eve is jealous over Adam’s intelligence and ability to speak to God.  Adam is awestruck and madly in-love with Eve.  Vicious love triangle going on here, with animosity from Eve directed at God, animosity from God directed at Eve, and Adam’s ignorance of the conflict.  Unlike Abelard who finds contentedness with his love covenant with God, Adam focuses his attentions on Eve primarily, leaving God to long for His male bonding bromance.  Adam and Abelard, then, are the two characters from each story who are able to choose their most important element to complete their pair:  Adam and Eve, Abelard and God.

Why does the Christian God choose male bonding love over allowing man to happily accept his female counterpart?  Could it be because there is no romantic love afforded in the Christian plan?  Or…is God jealous of the sheer ability for his creation of man to find an equal, when the creator will always be a solitary element?  …and the million dollar question –  if the creator is so magnanimous why does he not create his own Goddess instead of chasing after his same sex sons?  Also, Christianity sets women up as the villain in the majority of the bible stories – is this still in response to squashing the Old Religion?  Is Heloise seen as the one in the wrong because she is true to her emotions and adamantly loves Abelard romantically – in the sense, more than God?  And why in the world does love between man and woman have to be compared to a human being connecting with deity?  I believe they are most definitely two different creatures.

Works Cited

Milton, John. Paradise Lost. Boston: Phillips, Sampson, & Co., 1857.

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