The Fall

(Joe hancl) #1

Adam n eve did not know good n evil before the fall. So how could they be able to decide when tempted?

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(SeanO) #2

@joehancl Great question. Adam and Eve knew that God had given them a command and they knew that the consequence of breaking that command was death. In that sense, they did know what the ‘good’ or right decision was and they also knew it was wrong to eat of the tree.

What is interesting about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is that, while the serpent said it would make them like God, we know that eating of it actually led to confusion about right and wrong. Cain certainly did not know good and evil better than Adam and Eve prior to the fall - nor did Lamech. So the consequences of eating of the tree were not at all what the serpent promised.

In that sense, eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a choice to pursue moral autonomy rather than to obey God’s law - they chose to define good and evil for themselves - to be like God in that sense - rather than to live in obedience to God. Thus the tree actually led to moral confusion rather than to moral clarity.

So I would argue they were possibly in a better position to obey before the fall than after… Below are some thoughts on why God placed the tree there and how it may have functioned.

Hope those thoughts are helpful. Christ grant you wisdom :slight_smile:

“Concretely, the tree represented for Adam the choice between submitting to God’s law or pursuing moral autonomy : Fearing the Lord (the beginning of wisdom), or judging for himself what good and evil are. Learning obedience would result in greater wisdom, maturity, and freedom. That is what the serpent tempted Adam and Eve with: “You shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). That is, you shall judge for yourselves. You will no be in the position of children, having good and evil dictated to you. The serpent tempted Adam and Eve with the prerogatives of autonomous, mature adulthood, before they had learned submission to God—and he tempted them to achieve this by way of disobedience . But it is important to understand that it could have been achieved with obedience as well , without the consequences of sin—and that is the tragedy. Adam and Eve were indeed destined to rule creation. Becoming like gods was not a bad thing or a bad desire. But this was to be achieved in the same way the rule of Jesus was achieved—by submission to God (Philippians 2:8-9).”