THE BIBLE AND STEINBECKíS EAST OF EDEN
John Steinbeck wrote a modern version of the Cain and Abel story, depicting the struggle between good and evil as a contest between two brothers who have opposing natures. His story covers three generations of the Trask family. It begins with Cyrus Trask who served very briefly at the start of the War Against the South during the 1860's, until he lost a leg to a bullet. He married and had a son, Adam in 1862, to a wife who then drowned herself. He then married a young woman, Alice, who bore him a son named Charles. Adam typified goodness while Charles could not seem to control his compulsions to do bad. For Steinbeckís analogy, Adam represents the Biblical Adam while Charles represents Satan, each of whom fathers a fraternal twin son through Cathy who represents Eve. The sons are Caleb and Aron, representing Cain and Abel.
The two-seed doctrine is that Adamís wife, Eve, gave birth to fraternal twins who were seeded from two different fathers. This theory posits that Abel was a seed of Adam while Cain, who was conceived first, was a seed of Satan, the Tempter. Eve was seduced by the Tempter into the act of sex (the forbidden fruit/apple), whereupon she later went to Adam for another act of sex which was forbidden to immortals. Sex with Adam was not permitted any more than sex with anyone else. So, two eggs were fertilized by two different fathers, resulting in two sons with very different natures. Godís divine pageant, our history of civilization, has been a contest between the two consequent races, one being the Christ race (Adamís) of Godly instincts, the other the Satan race of wicked instincts.
Of course, we know that Adamís first son, Abel, was murdered by Cain, so it was from the subsequent son of Adam, Seth, that the Christ race continued. Then Cain left the Eden home region of Adamís family on the Pamir Plateau (north of Pakistan), going to the east (to Tarim Pendi Basin of western China) where he married wives of other non-Adamic races. Steinbeckís story does not go past the young adulthood of his Cain and Abel, named Aron and Caleb.
Because of the wording of the story in Genesis 3, there is controversy around this two-seed doctrine. Genesis 4 says: "And Adam knew his wife Eve, and she conceived and brought forth Cain and said, ĎI have gained a man through God.í And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground."
Note that her "knowing" of Adam is in chapter four of Genesis, while it was in chapter three that Eve partook of that forbidden fruit with Satan. I interpret that to mean that she yielded to the Tempter first (Genesis 3:7) and her husband shortly after. So it was that two separate eggs got fertilized by two different men. The excerpt above seems to imply, in English translation anyway, that her conception of Cain was from Adam, but because of conflicting information and the transmission of text through several languages, we cannot be sure that our English translation is not a weak translation of the original. Yes, she did conceive from Adam, but she had also conceived from the Tempter previously. To exclaim that she has "gained a man through God" leaves us wondering exactly what that means. Since she and Adam were members of the immortal Christ family, that means that none of them had sex or propagated progeny. When she realized she had conceived, was she exclaiming that God had permitted this new experience of propagation which had formerly been forbidden? Perhaps she considered it a miracle of God that she, an immortal, could even bear a child. Since this passage at the beginning of chapter four leaves us with some puzzling questions, we must look to other scripture passages to shed light on this subject.
I would refer you to two passages which seem to indicate with explicit words that Cain was fathered by Satan. First is Genesis 3:15-17, where God expresses His anger at Satan for his seed ("sperm"). The Greek Septuagint version of the Old Testament predates the Hebrew Masoretic text (the basis for English Bible versions) by about twelve centuries. The ancient scripture reads: "And the Lord God said to the serpent, Because thou hast done this thou art cursed above all cattle and all the brutes of the earth, on thy breast and belly thou shalt go, and thou shalt eat earth (garden produce?) all the days of thy life. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed (spermatos) and her seed; he shall keep against (oppose) thy head (will/desires/goals) and thou shalt keep against his heel (oppose his path). And to the woman, He said, I will greatly multiply thy pains and thy groanings; in pain thou shalt bring forth children and thy submission shall be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee." [Just a sidenote here: do you know that the terribly difficult travail of childbirth is unique to the white race, while other races and animals bear their young quite easily? Also, it is our Adamic white race culture (Biblical) which establishes a patriarchal society while many of the earth races, like African and Jewish and others, are matriarchal. This does help to confirm our Adamic identity.]
In general, traditional Christianity has taught that all human races are descendants of Adam, and then at a later time, that all races descended from Noah. I disagree because I reject the radical evolutionary process which would be necessary to accomplish that. I believe, as outlined in my commentary on Genesis, that chapter one describes the creation of Godís DESIGN (Kosmos) in the mind of God. Chapter two indicates that there was yet no one to till any earth (no actual people), so Adam was created as the very first living creature. Adam, namely the Christ family, is Godís direct offspring, who was granted creative powers, not to create material substance but rather to create a perception in the mind, a mental image, an apparent manifestation of their Fatherís Kosmos/Design. So, God then paraded His Design past the Adam race, who named (believed) it into apparent manifestation - at least into their perception. Due to Adamís belief in other creatures of Godís Design, those creatures and races appeared into being; the dark races appeared on the stage as "male and female" (Gen 1:27). They appeared because the Christ/Adam race believed them into an apparent manifestation. The stage was perfect, Godly, and without discord at this time in the heavenly Garden. Other races of male and female had appeared, but Adam was not a member of those races which he had believed into appearing; he was still alone, without a female partner. So, to provide a helpmeet for Adam, who was His complete and androgynous offspring, God separated out the feminine nature from him to be separate from his masculine nature. The other creatures, had already appeared into existence as male and female resulting from Adamís belief, but none of them was a suitable partner for him, so with the splitting of Adam, the Spirit-being offspring of God became active as two genders, similar to the other creatures. The curtain raised and Godís grand pageant was in play.
Primitive men of other races lived in jungles and caves like other animals. The Adam/Christ race was given the responsibility of governing them and directing their lives to some extent. All was perfect. The Christ family of Adam was free to act in most any way, with but one rule: because they were an immortal race, they could not propagate - no marriage, no sex, no births, no deaths. Regarding marriage, Eve was not a "wife" by our current definition. She was the feminine gender counterpart to the masculine gender; she was necessary in order for the full nature of Godís "Man" to be exercised; without her, the masculine nature would lack its natural feminine gender helpmeet. But, Adam and Eve were not married in the sense that we define marriage because sex and births were forbidden to immortals.
Above I said that I would refer you to two passages which indicate with explicit words that Cain was a spawn of Satan. The first passage was Genesis 3:15-17 regarding the sperm of the Tempter, discussed above. The second passage is John 8:44 where Jesus tells the Edomite Jews at the Jerusalem Temple that God is not their father, but their father is the devil. You can be sure that Jesus would not say that to any of His Christ family of Israel, even to make a point. While Jesus used metaphors, analogies, allegories and parables to make His points, He would not state a lie to make a point. His accusation against the Edomite Jew race was serious and it got Him killed. Those Edomites claimed to be descendants of Abraham, but they made clear they were not Israelites when they said they had never been slaves of anyone because they had not been captives in Egypt. Here is the text of John 8:31-47:
"31Therefore Jesus was saying to the Jews (Edomites who had taken over Judea, Jerusalem and the Temple) who have believed in Him, ĎIf you remain in My word, truly you are My disciples. 32And you will know the truth, and the truth will free you.í 33They gave answer to him: ĎWe are the seed of Abraham and have been enslaved to no one ever. How do you say, "you will become free?"í Jesus answered them saying, ĎAmen, Amen, I say to you that everyone doing sin is a slave to sin. 35But the slave does not remain in the household into the age [to come]. The Son remains into the age. So, if the Son frees you, you will be really free men. 37I know that you are that seed of Abraham but you seek to kill Me because My word has no place in you. 38I speak the things I have seen with the Father, and you do the things you have heard from your father." 39 They answered and said, ĎOur father is Abraham.í Jesus says to them, ĎIf you are the children of Abraham, you would have been doing the works of Abraham. 40But now you are seeking to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. This Abraham did not do. 41You are doing the works of your father.í They said, therefore, to Him, ĎWe are not born of fornication; we have one father, God.í 42Jesus said to them, ĎIf God was your father you would have loved me for I came forth from God, and I have come not from Myself, but I have come from Him Who sent Me. 43Why do you not understand my speech? Because you are not able to hear My word. 44You are out of your father, the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer [reference to Cain killing Abel] from the beginning and has not stood in the truth because truth is not in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own things because he is a liar and the father of it. 45Because I speak the truth you do not believe Me. 46Who among you convicts Me of sin? If I speak the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47Whoever is from God hears the word of God. Therefore you do not hear because you are not of God.í"
It was to Edomite Jews, descendants from Esau, that Jesus accused of being from the devil. He defined their nature as doing by instinct the works of their father, murder and lying. He is telling them in explicit words that God is not their father, and that the devil is. Jesus couldnít make this much simpler! Who can challenge His clear statement? Well, many so-called Christians just ignore this passage. Religionists make it a primary plank in their doctrinal platform that ALL humans are children of God the Father. A simple concept, one which appeals to secular humanists, Christians and liberals who yearn to homogenize all races into one. But the Bible stands strongly against such nonsense.
Religionists get trapped into arguing passages out of context, anyone of any belief being able to find Bible verses supporting his unique belief. What they lack is a concept of the big picture, for that would help to interpret much in the Bible. Let me just mention something of the big picture, namely Godís Design (Kosmos) as set forth in the Genesis creation story.
After creating His Grand Design in chapter one, He created a spiritual offspring, a race of Men called Adam, through whom He could live, move, express Himself, and experience a great contest between two value sets: good and evil. Good is simply that energy which is in tune with God, harmonizing with His will. Evil is that energy which is dissonant and destructive. So, He set forth two races to represent the two forces in eternal contest. Members of each race are born with compelling instincts which influence their lives to act in accord with their own parent. God is the Father of the race which feels a natural compulsion to do Godís will. Satan is the father of the race which feels compelled to do the opposite. The white skinned, blond and blue-eyed, people are the descendants of Adam. The darker skinned, dark haired people of the Cain race (later renewed with Esau to be the Edomite race) are the children of Satan. Theirs is a literal genetic racial lineage, this is not a metaphor. Adam was the Christ offspring of God who fathered the race of people of creative powers which brought forth the reality which we all perceive, and continues to do so. Satan was one member of the opposing race, actually living in physical form as a member of that racial group called by his name. Just as we Christians are members of the Christ body, each one a christ. Each member of Satanís body might be called a devil. Religionists have never defined these terms adequately, but the concept is fairly simple: two races with opposing instincts doing contest on the planet. Races other than these two of "divine" origin appeared on our stage because they, and all animals and other creatures, are part of Godís grand Design. They do not have creative powers, nor do they possess powerful instincts of either good or evil. They are neutral until influenced by Christ or Satan, useful somewhat as pawns. They are opportunists.
The Bible presents the contest as a struggle between two brothers, first between Cain and Abel, and later between Esau and Jacob (Edom and Israel). Two brothers ó one trying to be innocent and compassionate, loving and righteous; the other instinctively trying to destroy the Good one by lies (deception, cheating, pretense) and murder (wars, wars, and violence). The one feels sad because the world around him is so unjust. The other feels sad because he canít completely destroy his brother. Two brother races in active full-war contest today! That is Godís Divine Pageant. It is a dance through long term history. During each cycle of 24,000 years, one brother has an advantage over the other for half a cycle, and then the advantage switches to the other. The Satan family has had an advantage for 12,000 years, a world-age now ending, when Christ will have the advantage for the next 12,000 years, a period called the Kingdom of Heaven. Kingdom of World is coming to an end. Satanís time is short, so he is making one last full-press effort to damage the Christ race as much as possible.
There are a few pieces of great literature which attempt to present a struggle of good versus evil. Victor Hugo might be the greatest, through his Les Miserables and his Hunchback of Notre Dame. Another great work is by the Edomite Jewess, Ayn Rand, through her Atlas Shrugged, and also her Fountainhead. She pits men who will not compromise their integrity, intelligence, honesty, or their lives, against social leaders who promote opposite values (modern liberalism). Another writer who portrayed such opposing values in their purest expressions was John Steinbeck through his East of Eden. It is this last work which I want to discuss more fully.
EAST OF EDEN, by John Steinbeck
All students of Steinbeckís works know that East of Eden is a story of the Biblical Cain and Abel. I find it interesting that he uses the Two-Seed doctrine as a foundation for the story. Steinbeck was a serious student of the Bible. I want to present passages of his book which reveal the primary theme of the novel to be a contest between opposing instinctive natures. Steinbeck would attribute each powerful force to a different parent.
Steinbeck says at the beginning of chapter 34: "I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one, that has frightened and inspired us, so that we live in a Pearl White serial of continuing thought and wonder. Humans are caught Ė in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too Ė in a net of good and evil. I think this is the only story we have and that it occurs on all levels of feeling and intelligence. Virtue and vice were warp and woof of our first consciousness, and they will be the fabric of our last..." I believe that Godís Divine Pageant, His very Design (Kosmos), is performed dynamically as oscillating energies of the struggle between two instincts of good and evil, as expressed through the lives of people.
SYNOPSIS OF EAST OF EDEN
East of Eden is somewhat autobiographical of John Steinbeckís family. The real Samuel Hamilton was Johnís grandfather whom everyone liked, always in good humor with an insightful wisdom and an inventive mind. One of Samuelís many children was Olive, who married Ernst Steinbeck, then bearing a son, John Steinbeck. But this book is not about John; it is partly about Samuel as a good and noble patriarch, in contrast with Cyrus Trask who lied about his own history and used politics to amass wealth in Washington, D.C., finally leaving $100,000 inheritance to his sons, Adam Trask and Charles Trask. Adam is the bookís protagonist, typifying pure goodness. Adamís brother, Charles, is driven by wicked compulsions. Their home was a farm in Connecticut.
Cathy Amesbury was a young girl of delicate beauty whose entire nature was devious and hurtful to any who got close to her. Her parents perished in the home fire which Cathy set, after which she became a prostitute. After a terrible beating by her whoremaster, Edwards, she crawled to the steps of the farm home of Adam and Charles Trask. Charles, having a wicked nature himself, saw Cathyís true nature and didnít want her there, but Adam fell in love with her and nursed her back to health. After marrying secretly, Cathy has Adam drink a sleeping potion on their wedding eve so she can sleep with Charles that night. Cathy later bears fraternal-twin sons, eventually named Aron (from Adam) and Caleb (from Charles).
The analogy is that Adam Trask is the Biblical Adam; his brother Charles is Satan; Cathy is Eve, the mother of twins. Twin-son Aron represents Abel, while twin Caleb represents Cain. Steinbeck portrays Cathy (Eve) as totally evil, a virtual Satan, because she violated the command against partaking of the forbidden fruit; she did it first with Satan and then with Adam. Steinbeck grants her no mercy while he portrays Satanic evil through her nature.
While Charles keeps the Connecticut farm, Adam and Cathy move to a farm near Salinas, California, near the Samuel Hamilton farm. Adam wants to make a Garden of Eden. After bearing twin sons, Aron and Caleb, in spite of her abortion attempt, Cathy leaves Adam, shooting him in the shoulder when he tried to prevent her. She becomes a whore at Fayeís house in Salinas, but her sons are told that she had died and was buried back east. Cathy wins Fayeís love until Faye writes a will giving all her possessions to Cathy, whereupon Cathy poisons her and takes over the whorehouse.
The two boys grow up under the care of Lee, the Chinese servant in the Trask home, an educated, intelligent, humble, and philosophical man. When the boys are ready for High School, Adam moves the family to a house in Salinas. Adam gets obsessed with a new idea that he can ship a train load of fresh lettuce to New York if it is well packed in ice. He buys an ice-house and invests most of his remaining inheritance in the venture. Circumstances cause the train to be stalled until the lettuce rotted; Adam loses about $15,000.
Aron moves away to a boarding house so he can start college. Aronís brother, Cal, counsels with Will Hamilton, a successful son of Samuel in Salinas, and borrows money to raise beans which he can sell on the futures market at a great profit, due to the start of WWI. Adam has taken a job with the Draft Board, selecting young men for the War. Cal makes a good profit from his venture in beans, then presenting Adam with a gift of fifteen $1,000 bills at a Thanksgiving dinner. Aron is home from College and gives Adam the good news that he is going to marry Abra and settle down. Adam rejects Charlesí offering of money but praises Aronís gift of a promising stable lifestyle.
Since Cal had already learned the truth about his mother, that she was not dead but running a whorehouse in Salinas, his anger and disappointment prompt him to introduce Aron to meet his mother. Aron flips out, runs away, joins the Army, goes overseas and is killed in the war. Cal accepts the guilt of killing his brother. Adam has a fatal stroke. Abra turns her affection to Cal, and life goes on.
BIBLICAL PARALLELS TO EAST OF EDEN
Behind the Biblical story of two opponent half-brothers is the implied relationship of Christ and Satan. St. Paul equates Jesus with Adam in I Cor 15:45. If you understand the Big Picture of the alternating rulerships of Christ and Satan, each ruling for a 12,000 year half-cycle period, then it is easy to how the two are brothers, or at least half-brothers. We are now at the end of a Kingdom of World half-cycle, when Satanís power ends and Christ will reign for the next 12,000 years Kingdom of Heaven. In Steinbeckís story, Christ is represented first by Adam and then by his son, Aron. Satan is represented first by Charles and then by his son Caleb, aka Cal.
Here are the Biblical parallels which I have found.
1. Charles gives his father, Cyrus Trask, a gift of a nice German pocket-knife which is essentially rejected, being set aside and never used. Adam gives Cyrus a stray puppy which becomes Cyrusís pet and companion. Ch. 7:3
2. Charles became a farmer; the young Adam raised rabbits.
3. Steinbeck introduces the Cathy character with: "Cathy was a liar." Ch. 8:1
4. Cathy drugs Adam on their wedding night and sleeps with Charles. Ch 11:6
5. When moving to California, Adam wants to make a Garden of Eden. Ch. 15:3
6. Cathy is a Satan-type, who chews meat with her front teeth and whose tongue flicks like a snake. Ch. 15:4
7. Cathyís two sons, Caleb and Aron, were born in separate sacks as fraternal twins. Ch. 17:3.
8. When Adam visits Cathy, aka Kate, at her whorehouse, she tells him that both sons are not his, that she slept with his brother, Charles. Ch. 25:3
9. At ten years old, the boys meet Abra (whom Adam falls in love with). Hearing that the boys are twins, ten year old Abra says, "I donít believe youíre twins," she said. "You donít look alike." The boys respond: "ĎSome twins donít look alike,í Cal insisted. ĎLots of them donít,í Aron said. ĎLee told us how it is. If the lady has one egg, the twins look alike. If she has two eggs, they donít.í ĎWeíre two eggs,í said Cal." Ch 27:4
10. Like Godís curse on Satan to crawl on his belly, Cathyís self defense is to "get so little you canít even see me." ch. 8:4; and after her favorite character, Alice in Wonderland: "When the forest of her enemies surrounded her she was prepared. In her pocket she had a bottle of sugar water and on its red-framed label she had written, ĎDrink me.í She would take a sip from the bottle and she would grow smaller and smaller. Let her enemies look for her then! Cathy would be under a leaf or looking out of an anthole, laughing. They couldnít find her then. No door could close her out and no door could close her in. She could walk upright under a door." ch.50:1 A snake can walk under a door.
11. Adam is so distraught after Cathyís departure that he avoids the newborn boys for about a year, not even naming them, until Samuel Hamilton forces the issue. Adam looks at the two boys and exclaims, "Why, these boys are not alike! They donít look alike. . . .That one ó that one looks like my brother [Charles]. I just saw it. I wonder if the other looks like me." A few paragraphs later it is Samuel who is saying, "And this one is going to be darker in the hair and skin. This one will be shrewd." ch. 22:3 After a discussion between Samuel and Adam about the Cain and Abel story in the Bible, the darker boy is named Caleb. The blond one is named Aron. In chapter 36:1, Aron is described as "pink-and-white skin, golden hair, and wide-set blue eyes."
12. It seems to me that Steinbeck is defining the nature of Edomite Jews in this novel. At least his descriptions of Charles and later of Caleb certainly match their racial character. He starts chapter 38 with: "From his first memory, Cal had craved warmth and affection." Cal felt rejected, in spite of his efforts to be loved, just as from the depth of their souls, Jews feel rejected. Steinbeck says: "And once a boy has suffered rejection, he will find rejection even where it does not exist Ė or worse, will draw it forth from people simply by expecting it."
"In Cal the process had been so long and so slow that he felt no strangeness. He had built a wall of self-sufficiency around himself, strong enough to defend him against the world." Ch 38:1 While the white race is mostly content with simple lives, the Jews go to extremes to achieve wealth and power by which to defend themselves. Their hunger for warmth and affection get carried to ludicrous extremes in their vaudeville type entertainment. It is embarrassing to watch adult Jewish men prancing on a stage, doing some soft-shoe, turning cartwheels or acting silly; they remind me of little children hollering, "Watch, mommy, look at me, mommy!" A paragraph later, we read Steinbeckís comments about Cal (the Jew type): "Associates he had, and authority and some admiration, but friends he did not have. He lived alone and walked alone." Consider that snakes are also solitary creatures. It is also notable that the most powerful instinct of a snake is fear; it doesnít strike large creatures to harm them but from a sudden and uncontrollable fear. Steinbeck points out this characteristic in Cathy, also. Another paragraph later, we learn that Cal walks around at night, so much so that he is known for it. Cathy also prefers the darkness.
13. When Kate first met her son, Cal, she was reminded of Charles. Ch 39:2 Later in Ch. 45:4 we read Kateís thoughts: "The smart one Ė the dark one Ė bothered her. He was like Charles. She had respected Charles Ė and Charles would probably have killed her if he could."
14. Steinbeck illustrates another Jewish characteristic through Cal. Cal is angry at himself and thinking: "ĎIf youíre being honest Ė why not say you are enjoying this beating youíre giving yourself? That would be the truth. Why not be just what you are and do just what you do?í Cal sat in shock from this thought. Enjoying? ó of course. By whipping himself he protected himself against whipping by someone else." Ch. 49:2 Jews live upon the energy they stimulate from their exercise of self-loathing.
This reminds me of something in a biography of Marilyn Monroe, a woman who admitted sleeping with anyone who could help her. A noted rabbi Edgar Magnin said, in a discussion about shiksas (non-Jewish women), that "The shiksa thus became the ultimate sexual trophy. The Jews who ruled Hollywood, noted Hollywood rabbi Edgar Magnin, "were men who made all that money and realized they were still a bunch of Goddamned Jews. Sleeping with a pretty gentile girl made them feel, if only for a few minutes, 'I'm half gentile.' No wonder they made idols out of shiksa goddesses." [Image: Marilyn in 1951.] Amazing candor from a Jewish rabbi! Isnít it interesting that the Satan race is so filled with self-contempt, fear, and rejection?
Consistent with that insecurity is the inability to laugh at themselves, the very opposite from our white race nature. When Al Capp used his comic strip of Lil Abner to ridicule the white race, we laughed and we loved it; we gave him a lifetime career and wealth in return. When the Jewish Cohen brothers created the hit movie O Brother to ridicule our white race, we loved it and easily identified with the simplistic characters. But, when any hint of humor is directed toward Jews, they are so shakin'-jelly insecure that they strike back viciously, even in court if possible. So it is that the Edomite race is quite opposite from the white Israelite race.
I do feel some genuine sympathy for many of the Jews because many of them really do try to do well. I have probably admired and respected more Jews for their achievements than members of my own race. Ayn Rand placed Godly values against liberal ones, in spite of being tormented by her Jewish perverted inclinations. I know of many persons right now, whom I believe to be Edomite race, that are defending righteousness against the liberal perversity, and I believe they are being blessed by our Father for their work and they will cross the Jordan into the new Kingdom with us.
15. Adam rejects Calís gift of $15,000, which he made by investing in beans, while praising Aron for his gift of promising to lead a good life. Ch 49:3
Even in the Bible story, we are puzzled at Godís rejection of Cainís offering while accepting that of Abel. One reason which does make sense is that God knew Cain was not His offspring, just as Adam Trask knew that Cal was not his. When Jesus told the Edomites that God is not their father, he meant it, and there is no offering which could make them "born from above" (Jn 3:3) with Spiritual natures. Yet, God does promise to bless all people of any race who will acknowledge Him as Lord and live Godly lives. Without spiritual natures, there is no afterlife for them, but their earthly lives can be greatly blessed, even moreso than His own children who are being severely tested and disciplined for a future destiny. I can easily feel a deep sorrow for Jews whose souls are tormented by wicked and perverted compulsions. While I dislike their injustice against us, I am so grateful that I don't suffer their torments.
16. Steinbeck portrays Kate in her old age as crippled with arthritis and at the end of her life, before her suicide, he says: "Kate was a sick ghost, crooked and in some way horrible." The image is that of a crooked snake. Ch. 50:1
17. After Cal had shocked his brother Aron with an introduction to his whore-mother, Aron joined the Army and never went back home. When Adam asks Cal if he knows where Aron is, Cal says, "How do I know?. . .Am I supposed to look after him?" Am I my brotherís keeper? Aron gets killed in the war and Cal acknowledges that he caused it. Ch. 51:1
18. Calís father, Adam, has a stroke and is bedridden. Cal tells his father what he had done to Aron, and torments himself with guilt for what he has done. Lee challenges Calís sorrow and gets this response from Cal. "Itís not sorrow. I told him what I did. I killed my brother, Iím a murderer. He knows it. . . . Thereís nowhere I can go to get away Ė thereís no place." Ch 55:1
As we consider the struggle between the white race descendants of Israel with the darker race of Jew descendants of Esau (Edom), we can observe the terrible self-torment which Jews inflict upon themselves, while blaming us. Behind their facade, it is their self-punishment to live in terrible filth and stink. In Europe they were notorious for defecating in the corners of rooms in their homes rather than making use of commodes in the bathrooms. General Patton, during WWII, had to meet with some Jews in their synagogue and after exiting the building he vomited because of the terrible stench inside. Depravity and perversity are their natural inclinations, as we witness from their entertainment industry. And it is quite clear that they still work, especially through their Zionist movement, to kill their brother race of white European Christians.
The History of Civilization is the story of this struggle between two brothers, a contest of evil against good, the Christ-race versus the Satan-race, a contest waged moment upon moment from the instinctive compulsions which God has designed within their hearts and minds. Godís children can go bad, and it is also true that Satanís children can go good. Godís blesses and rewards those who live and die for the principle of "good." Each person must choose which.
Steinbeck sets forth as a primary theme of his book a statement of Genesis 4:7, when God asks Cain why he is so angry, following the rejection of Cainís offering. The King James Bible version says "If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him." Some Bible students interpret the passage to mean that Cain SHALL rule over sin. Others interpret the passage to mean that Cain shall rule over his brother, Abel, a promise of dominion which is later repeated by Isaac to his son, Esau. In the Hebrew language, the word for "shall" is timshel, which makes the passage say: "thou mayest" rule over sin. If that Hebrew language was valid, we might here see free-will being given to Cain, which of course also makes him responsible for his actions. Steinbeck has written this book to present the concept that no one is locked into a behavior, rather it is their free capability to act as they wish.
But, that interpretation regards the Hebrew word, timshel, from a text which did not appear until nearly a thousand years after Jesus lived: the Jewsí Hebrew Masoretic text. The modern Jewish Hebrew language did not exist at the time of Moses when Phoenician was the language of the Patriarchs. The language of Greek evolved from the Phoenician and the oldest Biblical text is the Greek Septuagint of about 285 BC. The Greek Septuagint words of Genesis 4:6 and 7 are different from the Hebrew Masoretic text, reading as follows: "And the Lord said to Cain, Why art thou become very sorrowful and why is thy countenance fallen? Hast thou not sinned if thou hast brought it rightly, but not rightly divided it? Be still, to thee shall be his submission, and thou shalt rule over him." Cain is being promised dominion over his brother, a fact of history which Godís children have suffered for thousands of years, and which is now coming to an end.
It seems clear to me that the above passage does not speak to the freedom of ruling over sin, but rather to the rulership of Cain over Abel, namely the dominion of Satanís race to rule over the Christ-race during Kingdom of World. Nevertheless, we might still question whether the peoples of the two races have free will to do good or evil as they wish. My belief is that we do have that freedom, but that our instinctive inclinations are powerful influences in the decisions which we make. A more difficult question might be whether God even desires the Satan family to deny its God-designed, natural and inherent, wicked instincts in order to act righteously. My own conclusion is that Satanís dominion is designed to serve Godís purpose of testing and strengthening Godís own family, so that most of our people are culled, and salvation is reserved for only the few who devote their lives to Godliness, offering their lives as living sacrifices to Him, which explains why the concept of sacrifice was emphasized throughout the Bible. In this way, the genetic strain of the Christ family is ever being strengthened, just as Godís Design has established that natural process among all creatures and plants. Godís long term process is that of survival of the fittest, rather than the irrational desires of religionists to sacrifice the strong for the preservation of the weak and defective. War is a tool of God, essential to His Design, culling the weak and enhancing the strong. So, I would say that both races have the free will to be true to their inherent instincts, whether Godly or wicked, or to violate them. It certainly would not be beneficial to Godís program of refining His children if the Cain/Edom race was to turn Godly and extinguish the purifying fires.
I might nervously wonder what I would do if the Jews were not waiting outside my door (with temptations, enticements, entrapments, etc.) for me to act contrary to my Fatherís will, thus tossing me right into their smelter. I know that Satan has no power to force me to do anything, he can only tempt me. If I succumb to his offering, then I am responsible for the consequences, which will always be an increasing heat of purification. I can make my life a virtual hell if I yield to the temptations of worldly pleasures, gratifications, and lusts. In conclusion, we should be grateful to our Father for our enemy brothers who teach us the terrible consequences of yielding to temptation. Better to offer our selves as living sacrifices, so to gain the eternal reward.
MOVIE: EAST OF EDEN was produced in 1955, starring James Dean, running for 1 hour 55 minutes. In 1980 it was produced as a miniseries with far greater amount of detail and quite well done, except that dark-haired Caleb is played by a blond while blond Aron appears with dark hair. Jewish influence, I suppose. It is available as a three disk set: 2hours 25minutes & 1hour 33 minutes & 2hours 24minutes.This miniseries stars Timothy Bottoms as Adam and Jane Seymour as Cathy.
Article by Roger Hathaway, February 21, 2010
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