Why Wouldn’t God Want Adam and Eve to Have Knowledge of Good and Evil?
by Rich Deem
The Bible says that God created Adam and Eve and put them in a beautiful garden full of trees with good fruit. However, God also created a tree that would give the eater the knowledge of good and evil – commanding Adam not to eat its fruit. Why would God create something that was banned and, specifically, why would it be a tree whose fruit offered knowledge of good and evil? Isn’t knowledge good?
Genesis 1 describes how God created the universe and life on earth. God’s last creation was humanity, being created in His image. Genesis 2 provides the details of how human beings were created. Like most other creation accounts in the Bible, the one in Genesis 2 is brief. Here is what we know. God created Adam “from the dust of the ground” (Genesis 2:7) and placed him in a garden He had created specifically for him, in a place called Eden (Genesis 2:8), which is described as being “in the east” (from Israel). We don’t know exactly where Eden was, but from the description, it seems it was in what is now
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Southern Iraq, probably in the Persian Gulf, which would have been dry at the time of the last ice age. Although God had created previous hominid species on earth, modern humans were the first to possess a spirit with which to communicate with and worship God. The Bible makes it clear that Adam was created outside the garden of Eden and placed in it when everything was ready (Genesis 2:15). We don’t know how mature Adam was at his creation, but presumably he was a young adult. God had created many different kinds of fruit trees for Adam to eat. Of all the trees, Adam was commanded not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, in the middle of the garden (Genesis 2:16-17). Sometime after Adam was placed in the garden, Eve was created (Genesis 2:21-22), and the scene was set for Adam and Eve to obey or reject God.
Why set Adam and Eve up to fail?
Skeptics often complain that God set Adam and Eve up to fail. However, God had to give Adam and Eve a choice. Without free will to choose, Adam and Eve would have been mere puppets. True love always requires choice…
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