Perversely, we run away from the gift of paradise.
The sourness of godlessness vaccinates us against the illusion conjured up by the serpent that a life lived as gods in godlessness is better than a life lived with God in paradise. It is harsh but effective medicine. God mitigates its harshness by making our lives in godlessness brief. The brevity of life is proof of a merciful God.
God plans to deliver the gift of paradise to us just as they delivered the gift of paradise to Adam and Eve. God will not be less generous with us than they were with them. Adam and Eve were the first beneficiaries of God’s love for us. They were not the last. God’s philanthropy did not end with Adam and Eve; God’s philanthropy began with them. This is good news of great joy - very good news for us indeed. Rejoice and be glad. Fear nothing. As Jesus said to Julian of Norwich, “...all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”