TRUE LOVE AND FORBIDDEN LOVE
An Investigation into the Cause of
Immorality and Suffering,
its Historical Origin and its Solution
WHEN, HOW AND WHY DID EVIL,
SUFFERING AND THE HUMAN TRAGEDY BEGIN?
Throughout all recorded human history we notice the
existence of an unnatural evil nature in man, which caused
conflicts and contradictions and brought much suffering and
tragedy in our lives. It is therefore reasonable to assume that
evil appeared at the very beginning of our existence on this
planet, starting most probably from our original ancestors.
As this is a problem that goes beyond the reach of science,
we must try to understand it from a religious perspective.
It is very revealing and significant when we discover the fact
that almost all cultures and religions in the world teach some
kind of myth or legend about what happened at the dawn of
history, recognizing that mankind lost its original direction
and at a certain point became corrupted and evil.
In Egyptian stories, for example, there are references to a
lost golden age and death caused by the "female ancestor"
and the serpent.
Indian legends reveal to us that Brahma was tempted by
Shiva to make him believe that the flower of the tree of
knowledge would give him immortality.
In the Greek mythology, Pandora's box is a famous example.
Pandora was a woman who was going to marry one of the
gods, before the existence of evil. They gave her a box and
asked her not to open it until the wedding night was over.
However, she could not resist or control her curiosity and
upon opening it terrible misfortunes and calamities befell the
human race. The Bible tells the story of Adam and Eve.
The famous psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, understood these
stories not merely as superstition or myth, but as important
revelations of a truth far beyond the comprehension of our
rational mind. For Jung, these were symbolic expressions of
the collective memory of the human race, a treasure of
secrets coming from our subconscious collective mind that
tells us about our past as human beings.
Out of all the stories dealing with what religions traditionally
call "the human fall", the Bible contains the most detailed
account and the one which has caused the biggest impact on
the different world cultural spheres. Consequently, this story
deserves our undivided attention.
The book of Genesis in the Bible describes to us that the first
man (Adam) and the first woman (Eve) lived in the "Garden
of Eden", a world of happiness, without fear, shame or evil.
This garden had two trees in its center. God gave full
freedom to Adam and Eve, but commanded them not to eat
the "fruit" of the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil",
with a serious warning that if they ate it they would die.
Tempted by a "serpent", the woman ate of the forbidden fruit
and then shared it with the man. As a result, both felt
afterwards ashamed of their nakedness and hid themselves
from God. Next, God cursed the serpent and expelled Adam
and Eve from the Garden and placed an angel at its entrance
to keep man from reaching the "Tree of Life", the other tree
standing in the center of the garden.
This was the fall of our original ancestors in accordance with
the biblical narrative.
Let's scrutinize this story in detail in order to decipher its
various symbols, enabling us to understand its meaning and
message relative to mankind's present situation.
THE SEARCH FOR OUR FIRST ANCESTORS
One of the characteristics distinguishing human beings from
other animals is the possession of a unique, eternal and
indestructible spirit. Therefore when we mention the first
original couple [according to the Bible, "Adam and Eve"] we
refer to the first masculine, eternal and indestructible spirit
of a man [Adam] and of a woman [Eve]. Both represent and
embody God's masculine and feminine characteristics, and
were supposed to become the visible manifestation of His
invisible characteristics [image and likeness]. These first
incarnate human spirits were created to be God's children
and lords and heirs of all creation. The rest of all existent
human spirits originated from these two first [father and
mother] human spirits.
Our fundamental concern is to clarify their spiritual and
divine origin as well as the purpose for their creation, and not
so much the details of their biological or physical origin. The
question of physical origin falls in to the field of science
which, hopefully, will give an answer some time in the future.
Even under the assumption that multiple humanoids were
involved in our biological origin it would not present a
problem with the basic view of the Divine Principle.
Nevertheless, there are very interesting new discoveries about
our origins recently done through genetic biology:
Modern biologists Rebecca L. Cann, Mark Stoneking and
Allan C. Wilson of California University, Berkeley, made an
investigation of tracing the genetic code of the mitochondrial
DNA contained in our cells, which they extracted from 147
placentas from women of all races and geographical areas on
the five continents. Curiously enough, the mitochondrial
DNA is inherited and transmitted exclusively by our mothers.
The results of this study brought a powerful and revealing
conclusion: each one of us, as part of the human race, can
trace our lineage back to one single woman, nicknamed
"Mitochondrial Eve" by these scientists.
These results were published on January 1, 1987 under the
title: "Mitochondrial DNA and Human Evolution" in
NATURE, one of the more prestigious scientific magazines.
This investigation caused a huge controversy and later many
attempts were made to discredit its conclusions. Although
these attempts were successful in undermining the claims of
race, time and place of the appearance of this supposed "first
woman," the fundamental assumption that our genes come
from "her" still remain unchallenged.
The human race began at a certain specific point in the
history of our planet, just as our own individual physical life
also had a precise beginning. Consequently it is reasonable to
make the following comparison:
Our father and mother are the beginning point of our life.
They transmitted to us their characteristics and genes,
contained in the two original cells that united at the moment
of conception, which after continuously multiplying resulted
in the massive quantity of cells that formed the organs of our
body. Each cell in our body carries an exclusive genetic code,
characteristic of each individual, which originated from the
two original cells.
In a very similar way, the more than 5,500 million people
which now form the worldwide population, originated from
the multiplication that occurred through all the different
generations which existed over time, and eventually, upon
moving backwards in our genealogical tree, would bring us to
our original ancestors. The first father and first mother, the
first human couple, the starting point of our species. Each
one of us carries this exclusive genetic code and characteristic
of our species, given by these original parents.
[Each individual without exception originates from a father and a
mother. It is therefore a mathematical problem of statistics of the
population growth to regress from the approximately 5,500,000,000
present inhabitants of the word population until the time of zero
inhabitants and obviously the next number after the zero that
we can mathematically consider should be necessarily number 2,
as 1 or 1.5 in this case cannot procreate.]
Will biologists ultimately reach the conclusion that, the Adam
and Eve of the biblical story, the first couple and our human
ancestors, did in fact actually exist?
We have to be grateful that today several findings in
contemporary science are helping us to unify and clarify many
of these ancient religious beliefs. Especially, the new and
revolutionary discoveries in the areas of quantum physics,
molecular biology and parapsychology.
Unfortunately in past centuries, from the time of Galileo
Galilei, serious and irreconcilable disputes arose between the
religious and scientific viewpoints, basically provoked by
ignorance and fanaticism, which were many times present on
both sides. According to the Divine Principle, contradictions
between science and religion should not exist. As Rev. Moon
humorously expressed to a group of scientists who were
interested to know why a religious leader sponsored huge
conferences for scientists, he replied: "God is the oldest and
number one scientist." Science and religion should work
together and in harmony, since both serve to overcome our
external and internal ignorance. As Albert Einstein put it:
"Science without religion is crippled and religion without
science is blind."
THE MEANING OF THE SYMBOLS
THE GARDEN OF EDEN: The Hebrew word for "eden"
means happiness or delight, which indicates to us that human
beings were supposed to live in joy and happiness. The
"Garden of Eden" represents, therefore, this Ideal World or
Earthly Paradise, that would be accomplished upon the
completion of what the Divine Principle calls "the three great
The first blessing: refers to the fulfillment of our
The second blessing: refers to the establishment of a true
family of eternal love.
The third blessing: refers to the harmony and unity
between the human family and the
whole creation (as caretakers and
protectors of the environment).
These gifts or divine blessings should be the essential goals to
be accomplished by every person and we find them expressed
in verse 1:28 of Genesis : "...be fruitful and multiply and fill
the earth and subdue it..." (see diagram #3).
Adam and Eve were supposed to grow and reach physical as
well as spiritual maturity as God's son and daughter, in other
words, become one with God in heart, love and ideals. In this
way, Adam and Eve were meant to be the incarnation or the
visible manifestation of the invisible God. The temple where
the Spirit of God would dwell constantly.
Then, with God's permission and blessing, they should have
united intoxicated with a heavenly love, establish an eternal
couple and become the True Parents of mankind who could
transmit physical and spiritual life to their children. They
were destined to establish the tradition of true love and
eternal happiness that should be followed by all their
descendants and eventually all humanity.
This realm of true love and eternal happiness was supposed
to continue expanding into the spiritual dimension or Spirit
World after the death of our physical body. Through the
human family, God would have exercised a dominion of love
over the whole creation both in this physical universe and in
the spiritual world.
All of this would be a reality today if human beings would
not have been degraded by sin in the very beginning. For this
reason, man's permanent desire is to recuperate and restore
that lost Garden of Eden or Earthly Paradise, and in that way
accomplish finally God's eternal and unchanging ideal. This
hope is expressed in religious terms as the "Kingdom of
Heaven" or the "New Heaven and New Earth" mentioned in
THE TWO TREES IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN: The Tree
of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
mentioned in the Bible are not literal trees with leaves and
branches that we can find in botanical gardens. These two
trees located in the center of the Garden of Eden symbolized
Adam and Eve who were at the center of the divine creation.
In the Bible we can find several passages that compared man
with a tree. (Prov. 11:30 and 15:4, Psalms 1:3, Is. 5:7, Dan.
4:17-19, Jn. 15:5, Rom. 11:17)
The Tree of Life was Adam's earnest desire but he could not
reach it, having been expelled from the Garden after he
sinned. It represents the perfected Adam or a man of life.
That is why the expression "Tree of Life" is mentioned in the
Bible on various occasions as the hope and permanent desire,
not only of Adam, but of all human beings searching for
perfection. For example, in the Old Testament - Proverbs
13:12, "... fulfilled desire is a tree of life" - and then in the
New Testament - Revelations 22:14, "Blessed are those who
wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of
The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil symbolized
Eve in her stage of growth and her "fruit", as we will see later
on, could give the knowledge of good as well as evil.
THE COMMANDMENT: The fact that the possibility of
acting in a wrong direction existed indicates to us that Adam
and Eve were still immature in a period of growing towards
perfection. The commandment represents "God's Word,
Truth or Principle" that had to guide them during their
period of growth. It was the humans' responsibility to trust
this word as the challenge that would enable them, by their
own efforts, to reach perfection and fulfil the purpose of their
lives. That story and the tragic reality in which we live today
indicate to us that they failed in their responsibility.
THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT: What exactly did they do? The
answer lies with the fruit. What is the meaning of this fruit
that forced them towards evil? Obviously it should be the
symbol of something extremely desirable for which they were
willing to risk their life.
That fruit could not possibly be just a test that God put to
them in order to demonstrate their obedience, as certain
people believe. No parents and much less a God of love,
besides being omniscient, would test their children and
impose a death penalty for failing the test. Therefore, God's
commandment was not a test, but a warning in order to
protect his children from some serious danger.
Furthermore, our ancestors could only risk to die for
something that was more tempting and stimulating than life
itself. What could that be? What is more important than life
itself that pushes us, even today, to risk our life? As we have
already explained, only the force of love could be more
powerful than the desire for life. Men and women now and
in the past have sacrificed their lives for the love of God,
their country, their ideals, etc. A great number of duels and
deaths occurred in disputes involving a woman's or a man's
The fruit of a tree is a sign of its maturity and capacity for
reproduction. A tree multiplies through its fruit that contains
the seeds. In the same way, human beings multiply through
their sexual organs which carry their seeds. Therefore, our
"fruit" symbolizes the sexual love through which we also
multiply ourselves. This is why, before eating the fruit, Adam
and Eve did not feel ashamed of their naked bodies. Only
after eating did they feel shame and hid their sexual parts.
That Adam and Eve "ate of the fruit" means that they had
The fact that they hid and felt shame indicates to us that they
lost their innocence and that this specific sexual relationship
was carried out in disobedience to God's commandment and
directions, before they achieved their physical and spiritual
maturity. We have a natural inclination to hide our
wickedness and feel ashamed of our wrong conduct.
Does this mean that sex itself is wrong? Of course not. On
the contrary, as already explained, once we have achieved
physical and spiritual maturity, sexual love centered on God
should be the most beautiful and sacred experience between
a man and a woman. The sexual organs should be the
connecting point for the union and consummation of the true
and eternal love between God, Adam and Eve. Those organs
are the most valuable: The palace of love, life and lineage,
through which the children of God would multiply.
God's commandment "do not eat" was necessary for Adam
and Eve only during the period of their growth to perfection.
Their strict obedience was very important because the
realization of the Ideal of Love and the purpose of the
Divine Creation depended on it. Once they reached maturity
God Himself would have united with them in their enjoyment
of marriage and sexual love.
THE SERPENT: We frequently encounter in most worldwide
literature the famous plot of the love triangle, where two
characters fight for the love of a third. Also, we find it in
several of the stories about the fall. In the Bible's story this
third personage is characterized as the "serpent".
Who is this "serpent" that persuaded Adam and Eve, who
were pure and innocent, to have premature sexual intercourse
in disobedience to God's commandment? It is obvious that
this "serpent" does not refer to a literal snake with speaking
The Bible, in the book of Revelation (12:9), calls this ancient
serpent the Devil or Satan and identifies it with a fallen angel
who deceived the whole world and was expelled from heaven
together with other angels. In the Christian tradition this
leader of angels, originally good, who later betrayed God and
provoked the fall of Adam and Eve, is known as the
What did Lucifer do in order to betray the divine plan? The
Bible reveals to us in verses 6 and 7 of the letter of St. Jude
in the New Testament, that those fallen angels lost their
position because they committed sexual sins. This indicates to
us that the archangel Lucifer, as the leader of those angels,
also fell and degraded himself because of a sexual sin.
Taking into consideration that this was also the sin committed
by Adam and Eve upon being influenced by the archangel
brings us to the conclusion that it does not refer to two
separate incidents without connection, but rather they refer
to the same crime.
THE FIRST CRIME OR ORIGINAL SIN
Once all the symbols of this story on the fall are examined
and deciphered, we can come to the conclusion that the first
crime or original sin was the adulterous and illicit relationship
of sexual love between Eve and the archangel Lucifer.
Afterwards, this tainted love was passed on to Adam, who
was persuaded by Eve to have a premature sexual
relationship with her. She corrupted him with the same type
of false and selfish love learned from the archangel.
This illicit sexual love constitutes the biggest betrayal against
God and His ideal of true and eternal love, which Adam and
Eve were supposed to have accomplished after their physical
and spiritual maturity.
If love is the most sacred and valuable expectation in life,
then the destruction of love represents the biggest tragedy in
As we will see next, this incident desecrated our first
ancestors who were supposed to have set the true standard of
what would be the eternal love between husband and wife.
They were also meant to become the True Parents of
mankind and the visible representatives of God for all their
descendants, establishing a prosperous and joyful world.
But, instead, human history began with adultery and
fornication, establishing a false model and a totally different
example from what was meant to be the ideal, bringing
human beings to a very low level, a primitive life style both
physically and spiritually, reducing us for thousands of years
to a caveman existence and bringing tragic consequences to
We have always been taught that the original sin is the root
or the source of all subsequent transgressions and is
responsible for the spiritual death and misery of all humanity.
Many theologians and believers have been intrigued and
wondered how a single incident, whatever its gravity, could
corrupt the entire human race for so long.
We could compare it to just the jab of an eye, causing
permanent blindness, or to the mere perforation of the heart
that finishes the life of the entire body. Psychoanalysts have
often traced cases of severe mental disturbance back to a
single psychic trauma or shock.
We could compare it to the contamination of the water
supply, which inevitably would affect a whole city or to a
disease that enters the root of a tree and gradually infects
each branch and leaf. In the family tree of the human race,
Adam and Eve were the root.
The interpretation of the fall of the angels and the fall of
Adam and Eve in sexual terms is not completely new in the
history of Judeo-Christianity.
We find this line of interpretation in the writings of some
Jewish rabbis, mostly in the inter testamental period, as well
as in those of some early Church fathers and ecclesiastical
writers of the first centuries.
Clement of Alexandria in the second century wrote: "... the
first man of our race did not await the appropriate time,
desiring the favor of marriage before the proper hour and he
fell into sin by not waiting the time of God's will...they
(Adam and Eve) were impelled to do it before the normal
time because they were still young and were persuaded by
deception." (On Marriage XIV:94, XVII:102-103).
Theophilus of Antioch and St. Irenaeus also considered
Adam to be in a premature age when he violated the precept
of abstaining from a sexual union with Eve, his future wife.
This was not because it was a wrong action, but because it
was inappropriate for their age.
This notion that the fall occurred in a period of immaturity
before they achieved perfection is also shared by Peter
Lombard, Hugo of St. Victor, Alexander of Hales, St.
Bonaventura, John Duns Scotus and others in the Franciscan
Influenced by some apocryphal books of that period and
especially the Book of Enoch, the notion of a carnal
relationship between angels and women in the beginning of
history was commonly accepted, particularly, in order to
interpret verses 6:1-4 of Genesis. Tertullian (160-200) called
these fallen angels "Desertores Dei, Amatores Feminarum" -
Deserters of God and lovers of women.
Similar interpretations were maintained by St. Irenaeus,
Athenagoras, St. Athanasius, St. Ambrose, St. Jerome, St.
Justin and others. However, those ambiguous and incomplete
analyses could not offer an effective solution to the serious
problem of the original sin.
The "Ambrosiaster", a writing of the fourth century attributed
for a long time to St. Ambrosius, but now considered to be
an anonymous writing, is a little more specific on this topic:
"...Eve, the first woman, upon being corrupted, lost her
virginity against the will of God and everything that was
engendered by her appeared to be corrupted, starting with
Cain, born of the first disobedience."
"...the devil used Eve to entangle Adam, making him an
instrument in order to usurp the supreme sovereignty, which
belongs only to God."
"...Adam the first and only man created and promoted by
God to universal royalty, with the investiture of the divine
image and likeness, accepted the devil's proposal to become
like God, deflowering the virginity of his wife Eve, to whom
the Lord God had promised the chaste conjugal love of a
sacred marriage" (The Original Sin. Eleuterio Elorduy.
B.A.C. 1977, pp. 202, 208, 221)
The "Ambrosiaster" had a great influence on St. Augustine in
his interpretation of the original sin. St. Augustine, although
he emphasized that the fall was primarily due to the sin of
pride and disobedience, deserves our recognition for
uncovering also the involvement of the sexual component, as
well as his understanding that concupiscence is still the root
of the present sinful state of man.
What is so remarkable about these new revelations presented
now by Rev. Sun Myung Moon, is the fact that they don't
appear as a mere biblical interpretation or as a study of the
theological interpretations given in the past, but rather Rev.
Moon proclaims with absolute conviction and great authority
that these are new divine revelations, the result of a direct
and intense search in the reality of the Spirit World.
Secondly, these revelations, as we will see, illuminate and
deepen with precise detail, for the first time, the motivation,
process, consequences and solution to this first crime or
original sin which affected us so deeply and continues to
affect us, tragically drawing man and woman in the direction
of illicit love.
Unfortunately, we have to recognize that deep in man's heart
a powerful inclination or tendency to seek an illicit or
forbidden love still exists.