Continuing with Adam’s Diary (translated from Adam’s original hieroglyphics by Mark Twain) …
WEDNESDAY (cont’d) — She came curtained in boughs and bunches of leaves, and when I asked her what she meant by such nonsense, and snatched them away and threw them down, she tittered and blushed. I had never seen a person titter and blush before, and to me it seemed unbecoming and idiotic. She said I would soon know how it was myself. This was correct. Hungry as I was, I laid down the apple half-eaten — certainly the best one I ever saw, considering the lateness of the season-and arrayed myself in the discarded boughs and branches, and then spoke to her with some severity and ordered her to go and get some more and not make a spectacle of herself. She did it, and after this we crept down to where the wild-beast battle had been, and collected some skins, and I made her patch together a couple of suits proper for public occasions. They are uncomfortable, it is true, but stylish, and that is the main point about clothes. . . . I find she is a good deal of a companion. I see I should be lonesome and depressed without her, now that I have lost my property. Another thing, she says it is ordered that we work for our living hereafter. She will be useful. I will superintend.
The Diary is correct that the need for clothing followed sin. There was no need for clothing before sin, but after sin clothing was needed to cover shame and forestall more sin.
Contrary to Twain’s Adam, style is not the main point of clothes. Clothing has 3 main purposes: modesty, physical warmth/protection, and pockets (for storage). Style is not one of them.
Commenting on style Oscar Wilde said, “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves together for loin coverings (Genesis 3:7), but did not make suits of skins for themselves as the Diary says.
Yahweh Himself made garments of skin for them (Genesis 3:21). In the process He probably sacrificed animals for their sin and taught them about blood sacrifices that were later more fully described by Moses in Leviticus. These blood sacrifices of animals were foreshadowings of the perfect and effective sacrifice for sin that would eventually be made by Jesus. (Hebrews 10:1-14)
The Diary suggests that work was a consequence of sin, but this is not true. Yahweh gave Adam the work of tending the Garden of Eden and ruling over creation before sin entered (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15). Sin made work a burden instead of a joy (Genesis 3:17-19).
It is also not true that Eve delivered the message on work to Adam. Genesis records Yahweh as speaking directly to Adam.
Twain’s Diary also reflects the Biblical statement that the man would rule over the woman as Twain’s Adam comments that Eve will be useful as he superintends the work.
Read the prequels in this series on Adam’s Diary:
1. Adam’s Diary – A New Creature
2. Adam’s Diary – Naming the Animals
3. Adam’s Diary – Garden of Eden
4. Adam’s Diary – “We”
5. Adam’s Diary – Sunday
6. Adam’s Diary – Eve
7. Adam’s Diary – Niagara Falls
8. Adam’s Diary – Escape
9. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain I
10. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain II
11. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain III
12. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain IV
13. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain V
14. Adam’s Diary – Mark Twain VI
15. Adam’s Diary – Rib
16. Adam’s Diary – The Snake
17. Adam’s Diary – Catastrophe
Read the sequel:
19. Adam’s Diary – Cain
©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
Monday June 7, 2010 A.D.
Read my June 2010 Bible-Science column
Noah’s Ark Found?.
For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have had consciousness of sins? But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
(Hebrews 10:1-4, 14)