Why did God, the Magician of magicians, wait so long until Mary was around to – immaculately – impregnate her with the Lord Jesus by way of some light rays?
Why not immediately perform his grand trick with the assistance of the very first woman he created – paradisiacal Eve? Perhaps, because at the time it would have been less of a miracle, as there were not many people around who could doubt it?
In the end, doubt is the Achilles heel of all faith, something the believer has to account for.
At the time Adam had only lost one rib and as far as God’s snake was concerned, the good man did not have a clue. In his post-lapsarian condition he could have cheerfully lived with Eve and her son. I bet, he would have thought it was his child. Like he dutifully tamed the wild animals, he might very well have kept the megalomania of his son in check.
It seems to me that God needed a bunch of creatures in order to transform his whole act into a mystery. What, after all, is religion without its mysteries?
This is how it must have happened. My suggestion, though, might have spared mankind a lot of trouble.
La Roche 08/04/16