Ye shall be as gods
"And the serpent said unto the woman, "Ye shall not surely die. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." - Genesis 3: 4-5 (KJV)
"When you meet God, how will you forge the path?
Shall it be extinction, like uncounted species before you?
Or will you tear open Time and Space itself, and step forward to greet the Maker?
What will you do?
Will to prostrate yourself, groveling like an insignificant worm?
Or will you stand proud, and meet the gaze of the Lord with unwavering eyes?
When the Creator speaks, will you tremble, or stand firm?
And when He asks you
'Why have you come?'
Will your answer be to beg for forgiveness?
Or will you declare your intent to overcome Him, and transcend the God of Gods?
And when you state this...
Will the Demiurge laugh at your impotence, and cast you into the pits of Hell like Lucifer before you?
Or will he and all the 'verse quake in terror at Your inevitable victory?
Amongst an immortal populace, capable of creating life, sapience, and transforming dead worlds into utopias lush with life, there was a range of opinions about humanity's true position in the Universe. The discovery of the mobius patterns only accelerated this, and, after contact was first made with alien civilizations, that this seemed to be a unique, irreproducible discovery did little to dampen such opinions.
The overwhelmingly vast majority of the Solar System's populace was generally happy with their lot, lacking the cares and concerns that their ancestors had. Some, however, felt - and still feel - that humanity had gone too far, while others did not believe the children of Gaea have gone far enough.
This verse, and its interpretation, ultimately divided the Abrahamic faiths, beginning in the 21st century. A few chose to reject the accelerating progress of technology, either exiling themselves from the rest of mankind, or working against their brethren in order to return the people of Earth to their 'proper' place. Some chose to embrace the gnostic view - that God was the demiurge, and the serpent a being sent to enlighten mankind. Others accepted the verse on its face, and that humanity had come far enough to have atoned for its sins.
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