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The Island and/or the Hanso Foundation is related to the Garden of Eden.

The Island is the Garden of Eden Edit

Biblical ideas can be used to support this; the electromagnetic emanations from the Island wipe out navigation so that the Island becomes harder to find, and, once there, no one seems to be able to leave because the conditions are so strange; this would be in keeping with the fact that humans are not permitted to eat from the "Tree of Life" because Adam and Eve ate from the "Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil" despite God's command not to do so. Adam and Eve were exiled from Eden so that they could no longer eat from the Tree of Life that had given them immortality (see Genesis 3:22). It is also said that punishment for eating the Fruit of Knowledge would be to know death, becoming mortal. Original inhabitants of Eden, those who never ate of The Tree of Knowledge, but did eat of the Tree of Life, were granted immortality.

Alternate Eden theoryEdit

A belief held by some, including Jeff "Doc" Jensen of Entertainment Weekly, posits that the Hanso Foundation and all of the associated organizations are working to effective overcome the forces of death and chaos unleashed by Adam & Eve's eating the apple by initiating such projects as the Life Extension Project (overcoming death, perhaps the Tree of Life) and the Mathematical Forecasting Initiative (overcoming chaos). Essentially, all of the initiatives of the Hanso Foundation are working to restore the world to pre-original sin conditions. As Jensen puts it, "The world is a computer that's been compromised by a virus (original sin); the Numbers is a fix, and it's being distributed around the world through electromagnetic energy."

ProsEdit

-the garden of eden is the start of all life. all life comes from the island. for example, the egyptians started on the island, and thats why the heiroglyphics were there, but they turned the wheel and got to tunisa and moved over to egypt. --Laxgurl101010 14:36, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

  • The healing properties of the island could be attributed to proximity to the Tree of Life.
  • The same regarding the apparent lack of aging of Richard Alpert. "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." (Genesis 3:21) Also, many of the earliest people described in Genesis before the Flood were extremely long-lived. This could be because they were still living relatively close to the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Life.
  • The difficulty pregnant women have giving birth on the island could be related to God's cursing of Eve to pain in childbirth (Genesis 3:16) prior to being cast out of Eden.
  • The four-toed statue could be related to a Biblical race of giants, the Nephilim.
  • This would lend significance to the two bodies in the caves and their being called Adam and Eve.
  • The sickness may be a ward against humans again entering the Garden of Eden.
  • The Monster may be related to "the cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth" which was placed "to guard the way to the tree of life."(Genesis 3:24) Fits with it being a security system which protects the island. Also similar to the hand of death in Exodus (think the visual of the Ten Commandments) going from house to house to take the first born (death of the firstborn).
    • Alternatively, it could be the Serpent. It also tests people. The Serpent was cursed: "You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life." (Genesis 3:14) The Monster looks like a serpent made of dust. Also, the Monster apparently must stay relatively close to the ground, since it could not go over the sonic barrier.
  • In "", Ben tells Locke, "God doesn't know how long we've been here, John. He can't see this island any better than the rest of the world can." In the Bible, God does not seem to have omniscience in the Garden of Eden. He asks "Where are you?" and "What is this you have done?" (Genesis 3).
  • The Garden of Eden presumably could have properties similar to Ben's Magic box.
  • The word Gilgamesh is emphasized in the Crossword puzzle. The Epic of Gilgamesh has many similarities with the story in Genesis. Both has references to immortality, a plant giving this, and a serpent taking this away.
  • The choice Juliet makes to drink the juice with tranqualizer in it Template:Crossref is similar to Eve knowingly eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Juliet's conscience forbids her to do this - the consequenses and implications of the secret research is unknown to her. Yet the temptation is too great. She knows she only has to drink it and she'll be taken to a place where she will receive more knowledge than anyone in the world. Juliet is tempted by Richard Alpert and it is also of symbolic importance that the drink he offers her to drink renders her helpless. Like Eve she commits an act from which there's no turning back. By doing so she puts herself at the mercy of evil, in this case personified by unchecked scientific exploitation of God's creation.
    • Juliet hates herself for doing dangerous research on pregnant women Template:Crossref, but she goes through with it (accepts the offering of the forbidden fruit) because she wants to have the power to control or stop death. This is not mere desire for power and satisfied curiosity. She wants to take matters of life and death from God's hands in order to save her sister's life. DHARMA is clearly attempting to take the role of God by deciding over life and death.
  • A biblical setting fits well with recurring themes such as Redemption, Rebirth, Sacrifice, Philosophy, Life and death, Good and bad people, Fate versus free will, Deceptions and cons, Parent issues, Slavery and imprisonment, and Black and white.
  • Could explain why the Others, when considering the survivors, seem preoccupied with "good people."
  • Works with the religion practiced on the show; Charlie and Eko are Catholic and the only ones who seem to display any commitment to the Christian faith; Sayid is Muslim and is seen bowing down to Mecca in a time of stress (for the first time in ""). Both Christians and Muslims believe the Eden story. By contrast, one could assume that Jin and Sun are Buddhist, but it has never been a plot point, and they are never seen practicing.
  • A clue may be found in John Milton's epic poem, Paradise LOST. In that poem, an angel approaches Adam after his fall from grace and describes the future of mankind. In his description of the great floods (from the Noah and the Ark tale) he describes what will happen to the garden of eden and says:

then shall this Mount Of Paradise by might of Waves be moovd Out of his place, pushd by the horned floud, With all his verdure spoil'd, and Trees adrift Down the great River to the op'ning Gulf, And there take root an Island salt and bare, The haunt of Seales and Orcs, and Sea-mews clang, To teach thee that God attributes to place No sanctitie, if none be thither brought By Men who there frequent, or therein dwell." John Milton Paradise Lost (bk. XI, 1. 829-838)

  • If Lost was inspired by Milton's "Paradise Lost" it would mirror the use of Browning's "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" by Stephen King as inspiration for The Dark Tower series of books.
  • The 'sea creature' = the Leviathan Isaiah 27:1: "In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea."
  • The Others (the original natives of the island who befriended Ben)= Those in the book of Genesis with extraordinary lengthy lifespans
  • The myriad of different animals/creatures/beasts on the island = The animals brought onto the Ark by Noah
  • Jacob = Jacob of the bible who is crazy for "I have seen God face to face and lived."
  • Jacob has a son called Ben (Gen 4:42). The mother of jacob's son Ben died in child birth. Maybe this is why Jacob favours Ben Linus.
  • The six numbers in the sequence could be related to the six days of creation.
  • The DHARMA Initiative began to study the island because "Dharma (Sanskrit) or Dhamma (Pali) is the underlying order in nature and human life and behavior considered to be in accord with that order. Ethically, it means 'right way of living' or 'proper conduct,' especially in a religious sense. With respect to spirituality, dharma might be considered the Way of the Higher Truths." (Wikipedia)
  • It's possible that the Tree of Life actually appeared already in "" minutes before The Monster took Eko's life. While searching for Yemi, Eko appears below a large tree with many overgrown branches, that looked particularly large, and unlike any other tree seen previously on the island (or off the island).
  • Lemuria has been suggested as the location of the Garden of Eden. Thus, the evidence for the Island being Lemuria may also give support for the Island being the Garden of Eden.
  • The theory does not necessarily assume the truth of the Bible or existence of the supernatural. For example, the Garden of Eden could be another variant of the Lost Continent (theory), similar to how the story of Atlantis is assumed to be an allegory.
  • The way Kate kills her step-father (by blowing up the house) is similar to the way Cathy Ames killed her family in John Steinbeck's East of Eden. This could be a hint to the true nature of the island.
  • The Island is separated from the real world by a station called "The Lamp Post", just as a lamp post separates Aslan's created Narnia (a symbolic Eden for the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve) from the real world.
  • The gateway to the Island is beneath a church in Los Angeles (city of angels) further emphasizing the religious connection
  • Eloise says that the "smart man" stopped looking for where the Island was supposed to be and where it will be. In other words, stopped looking for a historically accurate location for Eden because Eden keeps moving.
  • The river revealed to Jacob and his brother on the episode "Across The Sea" is similar to the River of Life in the Garden of Eden described in Revelations 22:1.

ConsEdit

  • The Island is far-removed from Eden's purported location in Mesopotamia.
    • However, a worldwide flood, as is also described in the book of Genesis, could easily change geography. Eden would not necessarily be in Africa, as some suppose, because there is no telling where Eden was before the flood came. Just because the Middle East is where Noah landed does not denonte the location of Eden itself. Thus, it is at least conceivable that Eden was in a location more effected by a worldwide flood.
    • The delta where the Tigris and Euphrates meet is attributed by scholars as the inspiration for the Eden myth, but it's not the certain location of biblical Eden. There are clues in Genesis, but interpretation of the clues is controversial enough that any place fertile and semi-tropical is a plausible location.
    • Location of Garden of Eden is never specified in Genesis, and the location of the Island is never specified in the show. Assumptions about either prove nothing. What we do know is that the Island cannot be found or left by regular means, and that we are not supposed to return to Eden.
      • The bible says the Garden of Eden was at where the 4 rivers met. (Tigris, Euphrates, Pison, and Gihon)
    • Even if Eden were landlocked, an omnipotent God could have removed Eden and hidden it away somewhere else in the world through supernatural means.
    • It has also been recently said by Locke that the Island can be moved.
  • And we now know that whoever "moves" the island ends up in Tunisia, which, should be West of where the Garden of Eden is purported to be. So when Adam and Eve were exiled, they went "East of Eden" towards Mesopotamia.
  • Does not take into account the supposed natives of the Island, maybe related to the Black Rock and/or the four-toed statue.
    • Could be related to the Nephilim of the Bible.
    • Eden could be allegorical, in that there was a group of people, not just two, cast out, and a group who were not, and the "original inhabitants" are descendants of this group.
      • There is no precedent for deviating to this extent from the original story. It is presuming a lot to say "maybe there were two groups and maybe some stayed behind".
    • Could be related to Cain and his descendants.
      • On the other hand, Cain and his descendants are not actually in Eden; Adam and Eve are exiled before they have children.
        • "So Cain went out from the LORD's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden." (Genesis 4:16) Which seems to imply that they lived relatively close and maybe were able to enter again.
          • Cain (and maybe his descendants) was cursed to be a "restless wanderer on the earth" which does not fit very well. Also, there is little justice in that Cain, the first murderer, should be allowed to enter the Garden of Eden. Also, Cain (and again maybe his descendants) was given a (probably highly visible) mark in order to prevent him from being killed.
            • Why was Juliet marked for killing Danny?
    • Could simply be descendants of of the people aboard the Black Rock. The defences guarding the Island may have been gradually weakening over time, and Black Rock was one the first instances of people from the outside penetrating them.

More on the Garden Edit

On the premise that the Island is (or holds) the Garden of Eden, one could elaborate further as to the identities of it's inhabitants, following the same biblical path(s). For example, since the relationship between Benjamin Linus and Charles Widmore seems to go deeper than just simple rivalry for the Island, it seems logical to assume that there is more than meets the eye here.

In the story of Cain and Abel, Cain murders his brother Abel and is subsequently banished from Eden, his bloodline doomed to roam restlessly across the earth. Abel, being the first innocent victim of evil, goes on becoming a judger of souls, deciding wich ones are righteous and which ones are sinners, while the third (and many times forgotten) brother, Seth, devotes his life and bloodline to segregate themselves from the unrighteous (i.e. Cain and his bloodline).

In LOST, Cain's bloodline would be represented by Charles Widmore, whose inherent selfishness, jealousy, rivalry and aggression is central to his being and actions, as well as they were to the personality of Cain himself. That would also explain why his interest in gaining control of the island/Eden is contradicted by his seeming lack of interest in actually going there himself.

The bloodline of Seth would then of course be represented by Benjamin Linus, which would explain the animosity between him and Widmore, as well as the fact that Ben is unable to kill Widmore in The Shape of Things to Come. Further, statements made by Ben about Widmore exploiting the island could refer to Cain originally being a farmer, but cursed by God to never again be able to work the land properly.

Which leaves Abel. Judger of souls. Chief of martyrs. Crying for vengeance, for the destruction of the seed of Cain. Very much like the descriptions made of how the black smoke seems to function. The thought of likening the smoke monster to Abel is very much supported by the way in which the monster/Abel confronts Eko in The Cost Of Living, clearly stating it as a time for judgement, and with the themes of martyrdom and vengeance being present in the relationship between Eko and Yemi.

That Ben/Seth seems to be able to control the smoke monster/Abel (in The Shape of Things to Come) might have more to do with family ties than actual control. They obviously would share an interest in keeping Widmore/Cain off the island...

See also Edit

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