Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  



The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!



 
Devotionals PLEASE ENCOURAGE THE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING

  LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE   SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE
  HIRE THIS WRITER
REPORT ARTICLE

 TRACK THIS AUTHOR ADD TO MY FAVORITES
corner
What's New
 
corner
 
The Knowledge Of Good And Evil, What Was It?
by Daniel Owino Ogweno
11/18/11
Free to Share
Author requests article critique


  Mail
 





"And the LORD God commanded the man, 'You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die (Genesis 2:16-17 NIV).'"


Whenever we come to those sections of the Bible where all is not told we get tempted to fill-up the gaps. While it is indisputable that God gives revelations and deeper insights into His Word, some sections of the Bible sometimes attract 'wild' speculation and subjective claims of epiphany, that is, a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something. The result is confusion and doctrinal aberrations.

So, for example, what was this knowledge that God didn't want Adam and Eve to have a result of which He forbade them to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden of Eden? The answer is not in black and white. This makes it difficult to resist the temptation to speculate some hypothesis. And when we stray into this area it is not plausible to claim that we are giving a precise answer.

God had accomplished the work of creation and He saw that 'it was GOOD.' The first couple that He had just created in His own image must have appreciated the beauty of creation in the same way God did—'it was good.' In effect therefore, Adam and Eve 'knew' only 'The Good': the freshness and novelty of creation; the provision and fellowship; the innocence and security; the health and life; love and trust. What they didn't know was 'evil'. God had told them that the day they eat the fruit in the middle of the garden they will die. There had never been any death (they hadn't known death experientially, but they might have known it conceptually—otherwise why would God warn them with a consequence they didn't have an idea what it meant?).

If we stray a bit into semantics and idioms, we may realise that sometimes the word 'know' is used to refer to having an experience of something—practically as opposed to conceptually. So in essence, what God was telling Adam and Eve was that they will 'experience' (read: know) both good and evil. Again it is difficult to imagine what they perceived of the 'evil'. There hadn't been any that far. Nevertheless, they must have understood that 'evil' was something bad and should be avoided.

From the foregoing my final submission is that 'knowing good and evil' meant that they would come to 'appreciate' the 'true value' of good after they have lost it. As they say: 'You may not know the value of what you have until you lose it.'

Ogweno's Books
***************

Note to the Reader: If my writings blesses you, please help me reach others. This is how: Read A Car Low On Battery

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

Read more articles by Daniel Owino Ogweno or search for articles on the same topic or others.


Read More - Free Reprints, Main Site Articles, Most Read Articles or highly acclaimed Challenge Articles. Read Great New Release Christian Books for FREE in our Free Reads for Reviews Program. Christian writers can JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and help spread the Gospel.


The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.

Hire a Christian Writer, Christian Writer Wanted, Christian Writer Needed, Christian Content Needed
Find a Christian Editor, Hire a Christian Editor, Christian Editor, Find a Christian Writer
 
corner
Corner
This article has been read 249 times     < Previous | Next >


Member Comments
Member Date




TRUST JESUS TODAY











Free Audio Bible
500 Plus Languages
Faith Comes By Hearing.com