IS A RETURN TO GOD'S ORIGINAL PURPOSE FOR THIS PLANET SCRIPTURAL?
There are those that claim any notion of a "return to Eden" is unscriptual. Firstly it should be noted that the expression "return to Eden" is not used in the literature of Jehovahs Witnesses (the literal garden of Eden was lost and no doubt destroyed by the flood). Rather we speak of a return to the paradisaic (garden like) conditions described in Eden in fulfillment of Gods original purpose
(compare Isaiah 55:10-11). There is therefore no reason to assume that life would have to be absolutely identical to that of Adam and Eve in order for it go meet such a criteria. There is no need for example to conclude humans would have to forgoe clothing, have to rename all the animalls or have their partners are for them from a single rib. The point is that humans finally live as Jehovah God evidently originally intended in delightful conditions free from suffering, hunger, sickness and death .
WILL THERE BE MANUAL LABOUR IN PARADISE ?
means relating to or done with the hands. labour
(in British English, manual labor in American English) or manual work is physical work done by humans, in contrast to labour by machines and working animals. However a more extensive definition indicates the expression has a rather negative or inapplicable connotations. For example Merriam Webster defines "manual labour" as follows...
Thus the expression "manual labour" is often used in the sense of unpleasant compulsory (often unsatisfying and repetitive) unskilled tasks for money . This is not something which can be thought of as applying to paradise. On the other hand, will humans work with their hands at tasks they find both pleasurable and productive, the bible indicates Yes!
ARE THE SCRIPTURES THAT SPEAK OF WORK IN PARADISE CONTRADICTORY TO THE LIFE OF ADAM AND EVE BEFORE THE FALL?
We_Are_VENOM wrote: ↑Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:00 pm
... before the fall of man, there was no manual labor, as manual labor did not begin until AFTER the fall. In fact, manual labor was actually a punishment that was implemented by God to Adam as a result of his sin (Gen 3:17).
While Adam and Eve certainly had no unpleasant unsatisfying gruelling hard labour in PARADISE, it is not logical or scriptural to imagine they never used their hands for tasks or exerted themselves physically to achieve satisfying goals. Man was made in God's image
and Jesus explained that his Father "kept on working
" (John 5:17). Jesus is figuratively described as "wisdom" the “master worker
.” (Pr 8:12, 22-31) indeed humans need physically and mentally challenging activities to be healthy and happy.
also that everyone should eat and drink and find enjoyment for all his hard work. It is the gift of God
DID ADAM AND EVE WORK?
Yes, notice that Gods commission to them before they sinned was to subdue the earth (Ge 1:28). To subdue means to "bring under control" which implies a degree of effort on this part. While God initially planted the garden, they were logically in charge of maintaining it which as any gardener knows would have involved some degree of work with their hands (manuel). Also while God planted the trees there is no indication picked the fruit every day and placed it into their open mouths like fledgljngs everytime they wanted a meal. Also interestingly when he did put them out of the garden for sinning, Jehovah God mentioned how hard it would subsequently be for them to make bread. Not a fitting image if perfect Adam and Eve had no idea what bread was. Arguably then, this indicates Adam and Eve were well familiar not only with fire but with gathering, grinding, mixing and baking.
CONCLUSION For many the idea of paradise with physical activities is new but logically, although gruelling labour is not part of Gods purpose, satisfying work is "a gift from God" and evidently something we will be blessed to enjoy for all eternity.