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I have some questions and comments on the subject of guilt.Sorry I still haven't read your entire post.Hopefully I was planning to finish it at work,but I couldn't.So I apologize if I'm writting about something you cover further along in your text.A little background before I begin.A few years ago I became involved with the cognitive(thoughts) approach to treating depression when a family member was diagnosed and couldn't afford help.The cognitive approach to depression is based upon the idea that our thoughts create our emotions.These thoughts are primarily negative and contain thinking distortions that make them appear true.It is the appearance of truth that makes depression such a debilitaing problem.One believes that they are reacting/responding in a rational manner.But they really aren't they are really reacting/responding in a irrational manner that is not giving them what they are actually trying to recieve.It is this belief that they are truthfully reacting /responding according to normal rational behavior that masks the problems created for the individual suffering from depression.The feelings of guilt are a core emotion felt by almost all sufferers of depression.Although on can feel guilt without suffering from depression.It is almost impossible to have depression without a negative core thinking pattern containing guilt.
At the core of this guilt is the concept of 'badness of self'.Usually based upon the following premises.Feeling guilty shows that I have done something or failed to have done something based upon my concepts/beliefs of morality and fairness.Because of this I am a bad person.Since I am a bad person I am inferior and/or worth less than I was before this guilty transaction.The healthy undepressed emotion for a action violating our code of fairness/morality,etc. is remorse.
Remorse is different than guilt because it focuses upon an action not upon the worth of a person.Remorse usually contains thoughts and emotions of forgiveness where guilt usually contains thoughts of self punishment.When people suffer from depression this core thought process of guilt usually makes them feel transparent or "naked".They believe that their inherent badness is so obvious that they try to hide it.Not only from others but from themselves also.Depression from a cognitive perspective is a process.It isn't something that just springs up overnight.It appears this way sometimes because it can be triggered or accelerated by events traumatic to the individual.
It seems to me that the story of Adam and Eve and the eating of the fruit shows many of the symptoms of depression of which illustrates not only feelings of guilt(nakedness)but also other depressed emotions such as anxiety(thoughts based upon fear of retaliation and/or punishment) and shame(thoughts based upon others finding out and looking down upon the person).The irrational thinking processes used by depressed people becomes automatic.Etched inside their subconscious.Depressed behavior becomes so real and true that a depressed person accepts it without question.They pick up and use depressed thinking patterns in a automatic manner just like one picks up a fork when a plate of food is set before them.
The problem with this automatic negative thought process is that it isn't based upon truth(recieving positive,negative and neutral thoughts)but upon using lies(deception of negative thoughts only) in decision making and reactions.It is this deception that presents the world as negative to the depressed individual.Is this what God was trying to prevent by forbiding them from taking of the "tree of knowledge,"falling into depression?In other words living a lie.Because this is what depression becomes.It becomes a life where one lives mainly in a world of lies.
I don't believe that God was afraid of humans having or obtaining knowledge.As you wrote,and I agree,they already had knowledge or gnosis.He was afraid,I believe,that they would fall prey to some other kind of thinking process that wasn't based upon the truth or allowed the truth to dominantly prevail.This seems to be the problem today.He was possibly afraid when he kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden that they would also eat of the,"Tree of Life,"and would become immortal liers or people who based decisions,actions/reactions on lies not on truth.
Let me know what you think.