God said that Adam, after eating the forbidden fruit, became like God in knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:22). My question is, 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 worldview into which Adam and Eve were created. It is where they belong. 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 get to think about it. They get 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 made that knowledge available to us, and we must teach them how to choose. The best way to choose wisely is to follow closely to God, the way it was in the beginning before the serpent. In God’s Kingdom Come, evil is 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.