I’ve been fascinated with the beginning of the world for years and I often find myself going back to Genesis reading it over and over again. Tonight, I had this question: Why did God create the tree of knowledge of good and evil knowing Adam and Eve would eat and thereby disobey Him? I went online and found this answer and I really like the way it was worded:
“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.” – Quote from: School of Christian Thought blog post, “Why did God create the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?“
I’ve been asked before if I could go back and re-do any of my life over again, would I?, and my answer has been no I wouldn’t go back. But if I could go back to see anything in history, I’d love to see the world being created with God speaking it all into existence. I think it would be fascinating to see Genesis 1:1 in person.
I’m glad that God wanted mankind to have choice. If we didn’t, we’d all be robots. God wants us to choose to love Him as we want others to choose to love us. It’s the greatest gift He gave us. Adam and Eve made a wrong choice and it extended to the whole world. You and I have choices too and it’s up to us whether we make good ones or bad ones.