We know that Enoch walked with God from the 5th chapter of Genesis. He did this for about 300 years. One day Enoch walked so close to God that he was absorbed into God alive. Then he was “no more” on the earth.
There is an idea that humans were separated from God and the divine image that was part of us in creation was somehow spoiled when Eve and the Adam ate fruit that was forbidden by God. Well, they were driven out of the Garden of Eden, but not removed from the presence of God and their divine image was not harmed.
So it seemed natural to Enoch that he should enjoy the relaxed company of God on walks, sharing personal conversation. He did not feel any shame or reason to hide from God. We have the same access to God as Enoch and even greater because, in Christ, we have already seen God’s face.
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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