Most people know that Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden, but contrary to popular opinion it was not because they ate the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Read it for yourself: “The Lord God said, ‘Look, the man has become like us—he knows about good and evil. And now the man might take the fruit from the tree of life. If the man eats that fruit, he will live forever.’ So the Lord God forced the man out of the Garden of Eden.”1 Yes, that’s right! They were expelled because God did not want any competition! He knew there would one day be many dead gods made out of stone, wood, gold and silver, but He didn’t want a living one made by His own hands. Therefore, God’s plan of salvation is not to restore man back to where he no longer knows right from wrong, but give back to him access to the tree of life once he rejects evil and chooses good. Don’t believe me? Read this: “The angel showed me the river of the water of life, clear as crystal. The river flows from the throne of God and the Lamb. It flows down the middle of the street of the city. The tree of life is on each side of the river, and it produces fruit every month, twelve times a year. The leaves of the tree are for healing the nations.”2 So John never saw the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the new Jerusalem, only the tree of life. That’s why it is so incomprehensible that many of Adam and Eve’s descendants are today still enthralled by the fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but have no desire to eat from the tree of life. If they keep eating from the wrong tree, they might live down here to be 120 some day, but if they eat of the right tree, they will be able to live up there forever!

1Genesis 3:22-23

2Revelation 22:1-2

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Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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  1. John3:16 says:

    Dr. Seyda, what I understand is, when God created us His original plan for us is to live forever right? that’s why “the tree of life” was there too, together with “the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” I guess my question is why did He throw the devil in the Garden? Did He intentionally dump him there to test Adam and Eve, like what He allowed to do with Job?


  2. drbob76 says:

    Most Jewish and Christian scholars believe that after Satan rebelled against God, he was cast down here on earth. This was before Adam and Eve were created. But God did not want His greatest creation to worship Him like robots, so He gave them a free will to choose. So they had to decide and that’s why Satan was allowed to test them, just like he would Job and Jesus. So God instituted a plan of salvation so that he could return Adam and Eve’s descendants to Paradise where they would again have access to the tree of life. But they too must chose to serve Him, and the devil will try everything he can to dissuade them.


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