“Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat” GEN 2:15-17
We all are familiar with this verse. You as Christians have read this verse so many times that you might feel like it’s coming out of your ears, you’re so full of it. Even non-Christians have seen or heard of this verse. The is the beginning of the fall of man. It’s the actions of two individuals called Adam ( both female then male were called Adam if you look up the translation of “man” in Gen 5:2 until the Male named his wife Eve) that placed mankind in the position we are today. I have even gone in depth studies about the Punishments of both Adam’s in previous articles, showing that the Male Adam punishment was different from the female Adam because both actions were done for different reason. Woman’s punishment was to be ruled over by the male or husband because her reasons for taking the fruit. It was because she wanted to be like God and have nobody over her( the same sin Satan fell to). The Adam man didn’t want to be like God and was fine with God rulership over him. This is why Satan didn’t tempt the male Adam. Adam failure was that of complacency and laziness. The male was to watch and guard over the garden and everything in it. But he didn’t because things were too easy and he allowed the enemy to attack his wife because he wasn’t doing his job. His punishment was for him to loose that ease of work and for him to work much harder all the days of his life. Nothing else would ever be easy again. What I didn’t address was the simplest thing in the room, the Tree. The Tree “of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” sat in the middle of the garden along with the Tree of Life. Two trees existing right in front of the Adams that were created. One presented immortality and one represented the “knowledge of Good and Evil” which would condem mankind to death. The two tress existence proves two things.
1. The first thing was that The Adam’s(Man and Woman) were not immortal by themselves as some teach. Immortality existed only in God himself and the Tree of Life, not in mankind. It was never just a part of them as we have told for years. Man and Woman had access to immortality, yes. They had access to the Tree of Life. For some reason they had never taking from that Tree because maybe they had no need to or it never came across their mind, much like being nude and or having sex. What we do know for sure is that after all punishments were handed out, God had to do one more thing. This thing he did was not a part of the punishment directly but it was a saving grace. He cut off access to the Tree of Life so that man could not become immortal in their sin state. So scholars feel that this point would have changed everything for the earth and mankind itself. Some believe that if they did God would have to cut off Adam and his wife from reproduction therefore ending mankind at the root, or simply start over.
2. The second truth was that the knowledge of Good nor Bad was not something given to Man to understand or have. For years Christians have skipped over this fact. The Tree of the forbidden fruit had both the knowledge of “Good” too, not just “Evil”. Everyone always focuses on the evil and disobedience of it all. Yes, that was present but the knowledge of Good also was granted to them as well. Yahweh and his Son were the only two beings that had knowledge of this parity at that time. The two thoughts and actions of Good and Evil were not the same as knowing God himself. We know this because even though Man and Woman knew God they still had not been given the knowledge inside the Knowledge Tree and most importantly, God didn’t want them to have that knowledge. This is big and it’s really eye opening. God is good yes, but knowing him is more than just knowing good. And obviously, good doesn’t always guarantee he is a part of it. This brings a lot of trues in place. Now, we start to see that just because one does good or acts good, it doesn’t garanteee that one is of God. As the Bible says, even an evil person can show acts of good to whom they will and yet still be condemned. So just acting good and doing good without God will get you no more mercy than anyone else. Are you doing what you were told by God when it comes to addictions,lust, adultery, or the like? I can be nice to a prostitute but it doesn’t mean that having sex with her places me in God’s good graces simply because I was nice. Or my life can look like all the 10 commandments and yet if I worship Buddha, I am no closer to the Only True God than if I didn’t know him at all.
So as you see our knowledge of Good exist alongside Evil. It was never suppose to be with us. We were only suppose to know God and his will for us. Nothing else was needed or blessed to be. Evil is understood because you know what Good is or visa versa. But knowing only God gives us the true path that rises far above any other truth. This is what we should seek because he is more than the understanding of Good. What is good to man may never line up with God’s view. On earth we assume that allowing everyone to worship whatever they want is showing goodness, kindness and fairness to all men. But in God’s eye this isn’t the case. In Gods mind and actions he has shown that he kills those who worship something other him(not say for you to go do such yourself). For most people though, they try their best not to look at scripture like that. Why? Because as men we have recreated God’s image like we where his image consultants. We are too busying trying to paint a God that people can live with and sleep better at night with. Bottom line, he doesn’t need us to defend his actions. Our job is to accept his actions and know that he is sovereign. He determines what is right because every single action he takes is right no matter what Tv teaches you to believe about what is good or wrong. On tv everything from homosexuality to fornication is ok because we claim it’s because we love. In Gods eyes love has nothing to do with his word and commandment being broken and he destroys as judgements for such actions. In the end, God is who he says he is, not who you say he is and he doesn’t have to answer to anyone but ALL will answer to him. So we need to all remember this and fight harder to make our lives more in line with his will. No matter what temptation we come against we know we can fight to overcome it. And most importantly, we have to look at that temptation truly for what it is. See the person and item as a real threat to God and his Order and commandment. Stop looking at that pretty girl or handsome man as just the person. Start looking at that addiction as more than a porn movie, cigarette, or drug. Know that powerful forces align against us all. Sometimes Satan’s order will try to use you and other times he uses others. But rest assured temptation comes to all in many forms and it is always there to do one thing only, KILL!