"One of the lessons I learned from the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is that our first ancestors chose to be human rather than to live forever. They chose a sense of morality, a `knowledge of good and evil,' rather than immortality. They spurned the Tree of Life, which would have given them eternal life, in favor of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which gave them a conscience. As compensation, God gave humans, who now shared with Him the ability to know good from evil, the gift of His own divine power to create new life. We cheat death, not by living forever, but by bearing, raising, and educating children to keep our souls, our values, and even our names alive. One generation, scarred and often embittered by experience, gives way to another, born in innocence and hope. Like the good shepherd He is, God shows His love for us by enabling us to create new life."
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This quote is taken from Rabbi Harold Kushner's book, The Lord Is My Shepherd, (p. 23). Theological liberals sound pretty much alike, whether they be Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Jewish.