Why did God create the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?

A friend of mine recently asked me this question:

I’m often asked questions like this: why did God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden if he knew that Adam and Eve would disobey him? I’d be interested to know how you answer that question.

Here is how I responded:

You ask an important question, a question theologians, philosophers, and believers have been puzzling over for hundreds–if not thousands–of years. There is much we do not know about that time, so whatever we say about it must be held humbly. People of good faith debate whether we are to read Genesis 1-3 as literal history or as a metaphor broadly of who created us, why, who were are as human beings, and what has gone so terribly wrong. Regardless of how you read it, there is a looming question: why did God put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden if he knew that Adam and Eve would disobey him?

I don’t know if there is AN answer to that question, but I do have some thoughts which may be helpful. The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God’s ways are not our ways, his thoughts are not our thoughts. He said that God’s thoughts are as high above our thoughts as the stars in the heaven. So whatever God had in mind when he did it is not available to us, unless God’s chooses to reveal it to us plainly. Genesis 3 tells us what God did but not why.

Of all God’s creatures human beings are made in his image. This means, among other things, that we have a will of our own and make choices. Animals cannot choose. A species of bird driven by instinct to build a nest in the trees cannot decide to burrow beneath the ground for its home. Human beings, though, uniquely fashioned from the earth are not only able to make decisions, they must. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was there, in part, to provide humans with a choice: to obey the Voice of God or not. Had there been no choice, there could be no obedience. The ongoing question for us is whether we will choose to follow, love and obey the One True God. Yes, I think God knew that some people would choose to follow. Others would choose to follow their own designs. That is not a failure in God but in us. Had God made us so that we could only love him, then it would be no love at all. Love is at the heart of creation.

Another matter which comes to mind. The knowledge of good and evil seems like a good thing to have, but the question is: where should this come from? The “sin” of Adam and Eve is that they want to be “like God.” This means that they do not want to depend on God for the guidance of what is good and evil. They want to know it for themselves, which makes them the judge. They want the option in the future to say what is good and what is evil. In fact, God is the only judge in these matters. The Hebrew word translated “knowledge” may imply “knowledge by experience” rather than theoretical knowledge. God did not want young Adam and Eve to know evil by experience. As a parent, I can understand that. I want my adult son to “know” that adultery is evil and will harm him and his family, but I don’t want him to have to experience it to know it. Adam and Eve, however, chose disobedience; they apparently wanted to experience for themselves good and evil. That experience changed them and the world in profound ways.

Now it is your turn. How would you answer?

120 responses

  1. With my good heart I do not understand the division in life the beautiful the ugly the rich the poor thr healthy the sick the loved the ones never loved unfair none asked to come here none are responsible for the war in the beginning of good and evil the riddles in scriptures the unknown what happens to one after death the oppositions of the bible the horrific crucifixion of the lord for our saving I dont understand we were put here no fault of ours evil was allowd to stay to tempt. Man all want to have fun all want to be loved its normal ?????? Was there a mistake somewhere in the plan god said it was good but not perfec

  2. I believe that satan was already here and the bible doesn’t state that God placed the tree there. It says he made all the good trees come from the ground and in the midst of the garden was the tree of good and evil which I believe could denote it was already there. The enemy satan was already there in the earth so when I hear good and evil who else would have knowledge of both aside from him and God. I see it as the tree represents the kingdom principles of evil that deceive men and cause separation from God or the spirit and now we will be ruled by those principles of the devil or flesh! The moment that man partook of the tree or flesh he became separated and now fear, guilt, shame etc entered man and now he (man) becomes Gods enemy because God is light and when He shines on the man he immediately feels judged but when we was in the light with God he didn’t experience these attributes. The enemy was in heaven with God and experienced good which is God and when cast out he was in complete evil! This is my take

  3. I believe the tree represents the ability to choose good or evil. There must be opposition in all things. Adam and Eve were in a state of pureness. They had to eat the fruit as to know what it was like to know good from evil. Otherwise what is the point of being on the earth if it is not to learn how to obey Gods commandments? If Adam had not fallen what would have been the point of Christ’ atonement?

    • The tree of life of good and and evil was a part of the garden. It needed to be there. It might have been a necessity. Really no one knows. If Adam and eve had obeyed God we would have an everlasting life here on earth. This was the intention God had for us in the beginning. We didn’t have choices.We as humans were set. God said be fruitful and multiply .There was no sin at this time.Adam was the father of the human race. Now with the atonement it is Jesus Christ and only a few who have the faith that Jesus died and rose the third day shed his blood for us sinners will be forever with him.

      • Elizabeth, do you believe that He who knew the ending before the beginning knew exactly what Adam and Eve would do about the forbidden fruit? Well, He did. Since He knew their actions before they did, then there must have been a reason for Him to plant the tree. The children of God know the reason; the children of the World do not. This present world has been passing away since its creation. It, like these bodies we possess were never intended to last forever. There were many sins that Adam and Eve committed prior to their disobedience. Eating the forbidden fruit was the one imputed to Adam. But even that was not the reason God was wrought with Adam.Adam and Eve both had a choice just like we do. They made the wrong choice. I do hope that it is your desire to know Christ Jesus, but get to know the one who sent him also. There are two sets of children, the children of God and the children of the World. Only the children of God will live with Him in the new World.

  4. An awsome work you have done,it spread light upon many of my doubts which were uncleared till date,i also have many doubts in holy gosel.help me to clear them if u can,k.god bless u al.

  5. So the reason why the tree of knowledge is there is the same reason why a toaster has a setting on it that will char the toast to an unrecognizable crisp which no human would eat. It’s a design flaw that no one questioned. Usually when you design a machine you want to minimize the ways it can be accidentaly misused and maximise the chance that it will be successfully used.

    • True. But God didn’t want machines. He wanted people capable of feeling love for their maker. If he didn’t give them a choice, he would have obedience without love. In creating a choice, he was able to create millions of people who would do exactly what he desired all along: choose to love Him. And even though he loves all people and desires all to be saved, millions more will never do what they were created for. Therefore, much like the flawed setting on the toaster, they cannot be used.

  6. This is a study of Genesis chapters 2 and 3, comment and feel free to critique.

    To start off the study, the garden of Eden, based on the rivers described in Genesis 2 just before the first man was put into on earth, is also in the same close general region out of the entire world that Jesus lived and died, Jesus who was prophesied to come just after the first man ate of the tree, that was being watered from the same rivers, before there was even one birth on earth.

    God blessed the seventh day, and Sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
    And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
    the LORD God commanded THE MAN, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for IN THE DAY that THOU eatest thereof THOU shalt SURELY die.

    (in Gen 2:15 3:11 and 3:17 the command was exclusively and strictly to THE MAN not to eat, the Lord never EVER used to command word with the woman, when the Lord questions her “what is this you have done”?, He does not say to her “because you did not listen to your husband and ate the tree you were commanded not to eat) Romans 5 the MAN brought sin into the world, NOT her
    And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
    the woman is NOT NAMED EVE, the mother of ALL LIVING, until AFTER Adam eats and HE brings death, THEN ADAM names her Eve mother of all LIVING
    Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had MADE. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
    (the subtil serpent KNOWS something of God’s instructions, which means God either LET Satan watch while God was talking to Adam or God told Satan, its either or )
    And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

    (in her mind TOUCHING and EATING it she MIGHT die, at this point it does not matter if Adam told her wrong or she said them wrong on her own, what matters right now is she was not with Adam for instructions when given to Adam by God, continuing…..)
    And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
    For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

    (the subtil serpent repeats back to her the ORIGINAL CORRECT INSTRUCTIONS about “In the DAY and surely dying”, this makes her think she will not die if she eats of the tree)

    And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat,
    and gave ALSO unto her HUSBAND with her; and HE did EAT.
    AND the EYES of them BOTH were OPENED, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
    Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his WIFE, and were not ashamed.

    (NOTE: these are the first times the word Wife and Husband is used in the bible, notice how they are used as the first time here instead of using “the Man/Adam/Woman in these two verses….ALSO, at the same time in both of these verses the word Naked appears for the first times in the bible, and his own wife still doesn’t have a name)

    The Wife gave to her Husband to eat and it is WHEN HE ate, per God’s own instructions to HIM, apart from the woman that GOD HAD YET MADE, that it was HE who would DIE in the DAY that HE ate, and IN reading the Subtil serpents words to the woman means the serpent knew how to get one to eat before the other.
    Thus how the serpent was “subtil” in his lie.
    Now Adam(husband) and his wife, not yet named Eve (the mother of ALL LIVING so is that a coincidence?) are before God naked and ashamed, and not dead physically as God said would happen IN the day HE ate, so either God tricked Adam or He died spiritually, lost direct contact with God.
    THUS if HE did NOT eat then SIN would NOT ENTER the world THUS stop saying the following because it does not matter: Adam sinned first, however, the woman did not respect God’s chain of command, She was under his subjection, she was spiritually weaker, Eve overstepped her boundaries. Her being deceived is NOT sin UNLESS HE Eats!

    Remember that BEFORE Adam and his wife were MADE meaning before ADAM ate of the fruit, from the tree that God MADE, God had RESTED from ALL the work he CREATED AND MADE.

    (Adam does NOT FIND OUT ABOUT the tree of life until AFTER, and AGAIN the instructions were exclusively and strictly at THE MAN eating the tree, lest HE put forth HIS hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever. Any talk of now “they” Adam and Eve could of ate from the tree of life is man made up error.
    God sent HIM forth, God drove out the MAN. Adam’s wife, now having a name, Eve mother of all living, went out with him as she was his helpmeet.
    God cursed the ground because of Adam and God personally cursed the serpent, but does not use the word “curse” towards the woman, why? Because Jesus was not going to be born from of a curse.

    The curse on the earth Adam brought, not Adam and his wife.

    The woman was deceived, the man disobedient, a difference.

    All the animals were on earth before Eve, God brought to Adam to name all the animals. If Adam eating the fruit was against God’s true plans, how were all the predators going to eat? Examples Eagles and all the cats supposed to eat greens? With those fangs sharp beaks and claws? The male Lion is called the King of the Jungle.
    Jesus is also called the King, interesting the world names the Lion this apart from Jesus

    Its also called the Lion of Judah, the symbol of the Hebrew tribe of Judah (the Jewish tribe). The tribe consists of the descendants of Judah, the fourth son of Jacob.

    The Lion of Judah is also Jesus in Revelation 5:5
    The Book of Revelation scripture alone is proof lions were “MADE NOT” to eat greens
    Thus it was in Gods FULL plans for Adam to eat

    A full bible study along with this paper is going to be contrary to the way the Garden of Eden has been taught by ALL the major Christian leaders today and in history from Calvinism to Arminianism to Catholicism, so you are going to have to use this paper and study Genesis chapter 2 and 3 on your own, it’s not easy altering lifelong held concepts.

    To say otherwise that all this was not God’s plan means that when The Lord prophesied in Gen 3:15 the coming of a Savoir, is to say that it means God implemented plan B, and all the work that God created, made, and then rested before man was even on earth was foiled against God’s wishes by Satan, whom he let into the garden and talked with a beast that God himself created and made.
    That is silly isn’t it? And now all you are thinking of right now is “they had a free will so it’s their doing”……………While they did, it’s also important to note that everyone alive today would of done the same thing??? Yes you would, thus it was God’s plan

    If you are without sin and brand new on the earth, and God tells you something will happen if you do this, but the one and only other person on earth, the woman doesn’t die when she eats off that one tree are you not going to also go what the? and eat of it?
    Yes you would.

    It’s your free will to comment and critique 😉

  7. Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. If they were free from evil and living in the paradise that was the Garden of Eden before rebelling, can we really call the act disobeying God? Did Adam and Eve really know of the consequences of eating the forbidden fruit? They had no knowledge of “evil” until they ate the fruit, so were they really deserving of their punishment?

    Why was the tree there to begin with? God is powerful and all-knowing so he should have seen it coming. If he didn’t want the fruit to be eaten, he shouldn’t have placed it there. It serves no purpose just sitting there; fruit is meant to be eaten. Otherwise, it is useless.

    Some say he placed it there to “test” them. I find that very manipulative and something to be expected from a God that perhaps didn’t love us as much as the Christian God supposedly does. It’s on par with holding a cookie in front of a child’s face and then smacking them once they reach for it– very manipulative. Why have the tree (cookie) there to tempt Adam and Eve (a child) in the first place, knowing of the risks? It’s very silly to me. Imagine a father saying to his son, “Hey, Jimmy! Look at this nice loaded gun I have. It’s very dangerous, so don’t touch it. By the way, I am going to put it very close to you, in your lunchbox where you could be tempted or accidentally touch it. But remember, don’t touch it!” You would think him a terrible father, wouldn’t you? Why does God get a free pass?

    Genesis 1:31: “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.” If everything was good, where did bad come from? Did God also create sin, and evil? He is the creator, so he had to. Why did he do this? He placed everything in the Garden, including the serpent.

    Going back to the tree, some say this “test” was because God gave Adam and Eve free will to choose, and wanted to see how they would use it. Well, why give someone free will and then punish them for choosing the option you didn’t want? It’s to be expected that some will choose a less desirable path– that is the risk one takes when giving another free will. So why punish them? Just save yourself the trouble and make them robots. It’s like all of us being sinners who go to Hell if we do not repent. Why make us faulty and then complain about our faultiness?

    Feel free to comment. I mean no disrespect, I just think the Bible has very many loopholes to be true. Don’t even get me started on the universe being created in six days, man being created from dust, and a talking snake– absolutely RIDICULOUS!

    • And why couldn’t God just forgive Adam and Eve to begin with? There would be no need to send Jesus then. Further, by deciding not to forgive them, God essentially accepted the fact that sin would enter the world. Also, why would God need to “rest” on the 7th day of genesis creation if he is omnipotent? Why choose Abel’s animal sacrifice (pagan ritual?) instead of Cain’s knowing Cain would murder Abel? If Satan and Satan’s followers were with God in heaven, presumably Satan and his angels knew God better than we do. Yet they still decided to turn away from God – what is this indicative of? So many questions… Please someone provide some answers.

  8. I did eat of the tree of knowledge. I did not die. Instead I did remember my past life. Its all about the choise. The blue pill or the red pill… God did gave us free will…

  9. Adam and Eve did not have regular conversations with God. God placed the couple in the garden and gave them instructions on how to tend it. But this is the real question; if they imagined that they could figure out how to live life from the knowledge gained by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree, why could they not imagine that they could have gotten better information from God himself? God planted the tree like He does everything He does, for a reason. If you know God you can figure out the reason. If you only know of God you will remain in darkness. Matthew :7–Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you;…

    • “God planted the tree…for a reason”. What reason is that? The only reason I can see was for Adam and Eve to sin and bring about death. Not benevolent.

      • The fact that God is all-knowing and must have known Adam and Eve would sin causes a lot of confusion and concern for many. But, it is that very fact we must consider to understand why ” a loving God” would do such a seemingly evil thing. This is one instance where philosophy is very helpful if God is all knowing, all wise, all loving then His intentions could not have been on evil. So, we must figure out the reason God placed Adam and Eve in a situation where He knew they would fail.

        Let us look at a different scenario in which God does the same thing to another individual, Job. Did God know Job would not fail? Yes, just like He knew Adam and Eve would fail. So, now the question is, did God do these things to benefit Himself or mankind? I would answer “mankind”. So, what possible benefit could man receive from these two stories? I believe God chose Adam and Eve not in spite of but because they would fail. Man was created with free will. In order for man to exercise free will, he had to have a choice. God created the two choices in the beginning, Light and Darkness.

        The seas were symbolic of the masses drowning in sin. The spirit brooding over the waters is symbolic of the Holy Spirit wooing man to reach up to Himself, thus the picture of salvation. God could have chosen a couple that would not have fallen under the temptation of Satan. Certainly a number of righteous men in the Old Testament comes to mind. So, why did he choose two spiritually weak individuals as Adam and Eve? Because the majority of us are just as weak as they. Because Adam failed, the bar was lowered so the rest of mankind can be saved. For, if Adam had not fallen, there would not have been a need for a saviour. Then we would have to remain perfect ourselves because there would not be no plan of salvation by grace. We would have to keep all 613 commandments or die an eternal death.

        You may ask, why Job had to suffer. Because he needed to learn that same lesson that salvation is by grace and not by works. But the story was written for our sakes as a blessing in knowing that it is not by works (keeping 613 commandments) but by grace we are saved. Thanks be to God who sent His son to die in my stead so an imperfect sinner could be a righteous saint.

  10. As I read your answer what came to me was this. Since heaven was perfect and and Adam and Eve had all they needed. There was no sin or darkness until Eve ate of the tree. Yet what I questioned is why would God tempt them with such a tree? Surely He knew they fall. Could it be that He gave man a will to choose when He created Adam? So the God gave an instruction don’t eat of this tree. Told them what would happen if they did. So Adam and Eve threw away all that God gave them in the garden to sin against God.

  11. This question was posed in a youth group during a devotion study, which is a very great and valid question, I’m just not sure how to address and answer it. Except with God is sovereign and can do what He wants. Our thoughts are not His thoughts and our ways are not His ways. And we don’t by have the mind capacity to full understand God, we have to have faith.

  12. I believe your answer was and is close to mine, it was out of obedience and to let Adam & Eve know the The consequences of what can happened to a person when God ask of us to obey him.

  13. If God put the tree there to give us a choice, A (eat the fruit) or B (don’t eat the fruit), he knew by virtue of omniscience we would choose A. Surely if God is omnipotent he could have created the garden with different circumstances to prevent sin from entering the world. Or, if you argue that God didn’t want to create robots, why bother with the tree at all? Just create mankind sinful in the first place. And if you say “Well God is benevolent so he couldn’t do that! Mankind would hate him!” Then your essentially just telling me he put the tree there for a cover up story.

    If there was no choice, there would be no obedience? I would like to see a deductive or inductive argument for that.

  14. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is needed in the garden, To give us a choice. Not even God can make us love him. And If he did, Would it really be love? You cannot make someone love you. God loves us so much that he gave us the choice to love him or not. One would think that If Adam and Eve obeyed God we would have an everlasting life here on earth. But keep in mind Satan being on earth, Sin would have risen somewhere in the genealogy. Only God and The Angles knew about evil before Adam and Eve. Since Lucifer wanted to be like God, and one third of the angels joined him, they were tossed to earth. It’s not God’s fault that Adam and Eve ate from the tree. It is not God’s fault for creating Lucifer whom became the devil. We all have a choice. We follow God or the Devil.

  15. I think you have answered as well as this question can be answered. I believe that many questions cannot be answered by man, as God’s thoughts are beyond our comprehension in most regards. We can only know so much. I have struggled through my lifetime to comprehend the Trinity, and have finally come to an answer that I can accept. All that I really know is that Jesus Christ is at the heart of everything, abstract or concrete, and this gives me complete hope and gratitude.

  16. My take on it is this…..When Lucifer rebelled, he also took 1/3 of the angels to the losing side with him. Angels were obviously also given free will, since they could choose which direction to go and who to follow. So maybe when God made man, He decided to give him the choice also so that who ended up in heaven eternally was there because they wanted to be and not because that’s where they just were (like the angels). Maybe God only wants those who want to be with Him in the first place. Maybe it’s that simple. I think God makes things simple and we are the ones who complicate them.

  17. True love as we know it will or would not destroy what it has created, it will only nurture it. So we must conclude the God which is Love did not put the tree there. So is there more than one God, no, but there are three parts the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God the father who is Love would not put it there, but the Son who would need man to fail to fulfill his purpose would put it there, we will leave the Spirit out of this one. The tree being put there had nothing to do with man it was put there so scripture could be fulfilled.

  18. my question is was the tree of knowledge put there because of a challenge from satin like the book of job?

  19. The tree of knowledge is of God’s creation. It had, and still has its purpose – HIS purpose. If any father wants his child to do or learn something on account of their own curiosity, out of their own desire, what better way to accomplish that than to tell a child “not to do it”. God’s plan for us is to desire and love him. To be one with him, as he is one with us. For us to truly love him, we must truly desire him (his love). And before we can love, we must learn what love is. And before we can love him, we must first know who and what he is. God IS love. To best understand what God is (what love is) is to learn and come to know what “love” is not. We were only driven out of Eden (Paradise) so that we would one day return. So that we would desire the oneness with God from whom we departed. And that can not, will not, happen a moment before we have suffered enough. Or have “learned” to the extent that we KNOW who and what God is. And KNOW that it is love (God) that we want and desire. But that is still only a part of the way back to Paradise. In fact, we already have God’s love, his desire. If that were not so, I would not be writing this now, and you would not be reading these words. We would not be ALIVE. What is left to do, is to love and desire HIM. Acknowledge him, his love, the love present within you now. So that you can give it back to him! Our suffering, is HIS suffering, and it is NOT his punishment. It is yours (ours). We have not been banished from Eden (paradise). With God is where we belong, it is where he intended us to be, it’s where we must return. The way, however narrow, has never been blocked by cherubims, but kept open for passage. The flaming sword still a burning light for guidance. The tree of life still here, its fruit still waiting for the hungry. Will you starve enough to eat before you die??

  20. I found Anthony’s response interesting. There are two trees in Genesis and only one in Revelation. Guess which one is missing in Revelation? If we must have the option of choosing evil to have free will, then is there free will in heaven? I believe so, but guess that the options we choose from are all good.

  21. This observation makes some good points; in particular the observation about how the trials of good and evil which we face on this Earth are a contrast for how much love we can possibly have for God.

    I think that we may all be very small but rather significant participants in a grand experiment, for which the tree of knowledge is at the core. The tree was deliberately placed there. It is the essential ingredient to springboard this whole life experience on Earth for all of us.

    While this may be an easy observation, the answer to the question “why” is something which we may never, ever receive an answer.

  22. Here is a question no one can answer; Not any preacher, nor the Pope himself!
    If God is as we have been told, is omniscient; then why did he cast Satan to earth, to tempt in essence, two children?
    It sounds as though God set up mankind for failure.
    God could have just as well cast Satan to the planet Saturn, but instead, cast him to earth!
    So why swallow an untruthful account?
    We were given brains to think with, lets use them, and stop believing in fables!
    There IS a God, but not the one in teachings of scripture, and nor is it active in our lives.
    The one in the Bible is not one that I’d want to know or love; for the God of this Bible is a trickster, and loves not, his creation and is cruel and mean and bigoted!!!

  23. This is the best answer I have came across. I think you really put this in to perspective and I love how you made sure we know that we will never completely understand God’s reasoning because we don’t have the mind of God.

  24. I now know I have a OUTTER MAN and I also have an INNER MAN. For For MANY years I was building up my NATURAL MAN with [knowledge] of The SCRIPTURES, I want to better myself, I wanted to have a better conduit, I wanted to improve my behavior, I wanted to be a better husband, I wanted to be a better christian, I wanted to Serve GOD and REPRESENT HIM on Earth BUT the more I try, THE more I Failed, I CAN NOT change, I CAN NOT change my Heart, Knowledge of The Scriptures ALONE, never change me, KNOW I know that it’s The Spirit that gives LIFE, Knowledge will not gives us LIFE, Knowledge of Good and Evil gives us DEATH, ONLY THE SPIRIT GIVES LIFE, what I LEARN NOW is I am NOLONGER interested in becoming a better person, I am NOLONGER INTEREST in improving my behavior, I am NOLONGER BUILDING UP MY NATURAL MAN, I don’t have to, BECAUSE my Old Man has CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST, in CHRISTIANITY I was taught To build up My SELF, I NOLONGER LIVE this Way BUILDING UP one SELF by way of KNOWLEDGE. I NOW HAVE CHRIST LIVING IN ME, IT IS HE THAT I AM A BETTER PERSON, CHRIST LIVING IN ME MAKE ME A BETTER HUSBAND, IT IS NOT KNOWLDGE ALONE BUT A PERSON, JESUS THE CHRIST IN HIM DWELLS THE FULLNESS OF GOD, NOW MY INNER MAN IS STRONG AND MY OUTTER MAN COORAPATES WITH MY INNER MAN, I DID NOT KNOW THAT I MUST DIE SO THAT CHRIST CAN LIVE IN ME, THIS IS THE KIND OF KNOWLEDGE ALL CHRISTIAN NEED TO KNOW, SELF MUST DIE.

  25. I understand what you’re saying but my question is if god knows everything that anybodys gonna do before they do it that means before god even made the heavens and the earth god knew adam and eve would eat the fruit so why didn’t he just not have the tree there. I know no one except god can give an actual answer but it just makes me think why would god put humanity through everything its been through if he knew it would happen.

  26. I found this post when I was asking the same question, “Why did God plant forbidden tree?”

    I have always heard the traditional answer that without the tree there would not be free will or choice to choose God. While it sounds nice I have never been satisfied with that answer. There are a lot of counter arguments I could make against that, and I’m a Christian.

    I have been going through a lot of personal development in overcoming unhealthy emotional outlets over the last few months. It has been a great and rewarding process. Time and again I would have breakthrough after breakthrough just on the other side of placing myself in the realm of the uncomfortable. I’m getting comfortable with being uncomfortable, and it has completely changed who I am today.

    I say all this to give perspective. As I was really questioning the idea of why God planted the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and as I read through the article an answer came to me in the form of one word. “GROWTH.”

    Growth, is the answer for me. It makes a lot of things clear, and it opposes mans natural desire to want to be satisfied. Without growth man would have never left Eden. Man would have been completely satisfied with his living environment. The story would not have continued, And there would have been so much undiscovered about ourselves and about God.

    You see God Is the Great Comforter, but He cannot comfort you unless you are uncomfortable. Pain, or simply being in a state of agitation is often the fuel source of growth. In my life I can see how pain has been a great catalyst for me to discover the character and qualities of God in ways I never would have imagined possible had I not been uncomfortable, or had I not experienced even traumatic loss.

    As I am still writing this, I am seeing an unfolding in my mind of how God may have intended this seemingly flaw in His plan to work out. Because of this tree, because of sin and the devil, because of this corrupt world, and life not being fair we have what you would call the perfect storm to find out who we are and what we are truly capable of as human beings. Let us be reminded that JesusIs the lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world. However you would like to perceive it, as a backup plan, or the original plan, God thought it out, and made provision for redemption justification and forgiveness for all of the things we would do wrong during this adventure with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. That is exactly what this is, it is an adventure. An adventure that required the understanding of right and wrong to be made known to man, so the we can know our Father.

    I think we would be selling our selves short to allow the belief that GodIs not trustworthy because we may not understand some of His actions throughout scripture, or in our own lives. There’s much more evidence all around us that indicates He is a good good Father. That is who He is. So I encourage everyone reading this to soldier on, and find out how much you can take when the storms of life hit you in the gut, and how long you can last before you reach out to God when the storms are hitting you in the heart. I offer a perspective of gratefulness, that because of pain, discomfort, loss of loved ones, because of suffering you have been led down a path to overcome, adapt, grow, and find the person you have always wanted to be through it all. Let us thank God for our suffering, for without it we would never find the greener pasture just the other side of ‘uncomfortable’.

  27. God’s desire is to have a real relationship with us. For real relationship to occur both parties must freely choose to be involved in that relationship. In a loose comparison one might say that a real relationship occurs between two people that choose to marry as opposed to an arranged marriage. If we are to have a real relationship we must choose to be a part of it. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil gives us that choice. Another example would be like a girl playing with dolls or a boy with his G.I. Joe soldiers. They may talk and have tea parties with them but there is no real relationship or free will by one of the parties. Children at some point exchange these one sided relationships with the real thing and leave behind the toys. Real relationship with God can only occur if we freely choose to partake in that relationship. He has already chose to be a part of our lives. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil also defines the boundaries of the relationship and our position in the relationship. We are created by God and not equal to God. Once we step outside this boundary and position we begin the process of supplanting God as Creator and placing ourselves in His place. “You will be like God”. Since we know by scripture that “All have sinned…” and have stepped outside the boundaries, God did not toss us aside but stepped toward us through Jesus. By accepting God’s offer of forgiveness through Jesus alone we are stating that we accept once again our position as the creation and not the Creator. I step back off my throne and allow Jesus to become my Lord.

  28. it is needed for man’s dominion over other creatures,without freedom of choice, man is not different from the lower species.this is my opinion.

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