In America we have only one choice between two gardens. There are, despite popular opinion, no other choices, since there is only one choice between the Truth and a lie. Therefore, there is only one choice between the Truth of Gethsemane or the lie of Eden.
The Truth of Gethsemane tells us that Jesus is in solidarity with our suffering, making all of our suffering meaningful within our faith, and hope, and charity. The lie of Eden tells us, in the form of the serpent, that God has banished us to suffering, leaving us desolate in a land without meaning. This lie is manifested in atheistic materialism and the pseudo-philosophies of evolution.
The Truth of the garden of Gethsemane tells us that Jesus freely drank of the cup of wrath, out of love for us, to save us from sin and death. The lie of the garden of Eden tells us that, in the form of the serpent, there is no sin, and that we are gods. This is manifest in ‘women’s reproductive rights,’ euthanasia, and gay ‘marriage.’
The Truth of the garden of Gethsemane tells us that Jesus’ Loving, and Sacrificial, submission to the Will of the Father is linked to the Last Supper and the Cross, therefore, perpetuating His saving grace, in the here and now, in the Eucharist. The Truth of the garden of Gethsemane tells us that we are made anew in the Mercy of the Trinity, from the Blood of the Christ. The lie of the garden of Eden is the perpetual sin of ‘the tower of Babel,’ manifest in a utopian-political attempt at recreating the preternatural human person within the preternatural socialist society.
The Truth of the garden of Gethsemane tells us that salvation is found solely in Jesus, ‘the way, the truth, and the life,’ and is marked in the Paschal Mystery of His suffering, and His Love, united with ours. The lie of the garden of Eden tells us that we should turn our back on God and listen to every snake in the grass. This lie tells us that the unchanging naked truth of the human person is merely religious superstition, and that men and women will find truth wearing the fig leaf of scientism and democratic popular trends.
The Truth of the garden of Gethsemane tells us all we need to know about Jesus, about the devil, about human weakness, and about salvation in the Sacrificial Love of God. The lie of the garden of Eden tells us nothing of the truth of Eden. For the snake only tells us lies, and, beyond the fig leaf, we are seduced through original sin into continually entertaining its presence. Eden seems to promise god-like human perfection. Eden seems to promise the lust that needs a fig leaf. Eden seems to promise no need for God. For Eden-worship is nothing more than the tomfoolery of sinful nostalgia. But Eden is God’s Creation. Eden is God’s marriage to the human person in perfect betrothal. Eden is the ‘imago dei’ of the man and the woman becoming one in love. And even in the fall from Eden we find grace upon grace in the Cross and Resurrection of the Christ.
Finally, the Truth of the Garden of Gethsemane reveals the Christ of the Good Samaritan, the Son whose Father is Prodigal Mercy, and the Spirit which turns sleepy, and scared, Apostles into courageous saints. This is the God of Mercy, Justice and Truth. The lie of Eden leaves us with nothing but the temporal whims of this passing world, which are nothing but banishment from all of the above.
Do you have anything to add? God bless!