The Story of Everything: A Synopsis of The Urantia Book
Paper 73: The Garden of Eden
The setbacks resulting from the Lucifer rebellion did not affect the biologic evolution of the human race, which approached its apex in 40,000 BC. The Life Carriers and Melchizedek receivers jointly petitioned the Most Highs for the immediate dispatch of biologic uplifters, and within a hundred years a Material Son and Daughter arrived on earth.
During this ear, only the Nodites and the Amadonites retained traces of the Dalamatia culture. The rest of the world had reverted to the savagery of pre-Planetary Prince days. The most advanced and civilized races were settled near the Caspian Sea, Lake Van, and the eastern Mediterranean.
Van had been predicting the arrival of a Material Son and Daughter for nearly one hundred years. He dispatched a committee to find an optimal site for establishing a garden home for them. The site chosen for the garden of Eden was a peninsula-almost an island-projecting westward from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The climate was ideal. A great river, fed by four tributaries, ran from the high lands and flowed east to the mainland.
Van and his associates spent two years transferring the world's cultural headquarters from the Indian highlands to the chosen peninsula. Three thousand volunteers began the construction of the garden homeland. Plans provided for homes and land for up to one million people. At the center of the Garden stood a temple of the Universal Father. To the north lay the administrative headquarters; to the south, the homes of the workers and their families; to the west, grounds for the proposed Adamic schools; and to the east, homes for Adam and Eve and their children. Drinking water was purified and all waste was scrupulously buried until a sewage-disposal system was established. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts were cultivated and improved. By the time Adam arrived, Eden had thousands of miles of irrigation ditches and over twenty-five thousand miles of paved roads.
Van planted the long-guarded tree of life in the center of the garden temple. Native to constellation headquarters spheres, the tree of life was a super-plant that stored certain space energies. Its fruit provided life-extension to the Prince's staff and their modified human associates, and Adam and Eve depended on it for their sustenance.
After the fall of Adam and Eve, the garden of Eden fell into the possession of Nodites. Eventually the temple and the tree were destroyed by fire. The Garden was occupied for four thousand years until geologic upheavals caused the peninsula to sink into the sea.