God said that Adam, after eating the forbidden fruit, became like God in knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:22). Here’s a question: what’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with knowing good and evil? My children know good and evil because I teach them good and evil (preferring good). Have I been feeding my children the forbidden fruit?
Why was eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil a bad thing?
The answer is found in the first four words of the Bible, “In the beginning God.” This is the way of the world into which Adam and Eve were created. They did not perceive good and evil, they simply lived in God’s creation in the manner he designed it. They did so without thinking, without choosing. Now that they have eaten the fruit, they begin to think about every action. They begin to choose. And their lust to choose was stronger than their love of living in God’s Eden.
We must teach our children good and evil because Adam and Eve desired choosing over following. They ate the fruit and made the knowledge of good and evil available to them, and us. Ultimately, our goal must be not to choose wisely, but better than that, to follow closely. Someday, when God’s Kingdom comes back and we are ushered into eternity, evil will be abolished. We will return to “In the beginning God.”
Creator God, Loving Father, what a world you created! Awesome and amazing. Thank You for life. It is purely wonderful, meaning it is wonderful when it is pure. I am so sorry for fouling things up, for going my own way, for not following You. So, thank You again for changing my heart. For pursuing me and teaching me to pursue You. For giving me life anew.
I look forward to Your Kingdom. Today and everyday, may I live for, may I follow closely my King, my God, Jesus Christ. My Savior.
God bless you, Luv’n Liv’n