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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Fruit (10/10/05)

TITLE: Fruits in Eden
By Joseph Filvin
10/15/05


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The fruits in the Garden of Eden were probably very delicious. I say this because God had created the garden for man who was made in His own image and likeness. God obviously wanted man to enjoy His friendship and hospitality. So, Eden must have been a delightful place. God gave them the freedom to eat fruits from all the trees in Eden except from the tree in the middle. In spite of God's warning, Adam and Eve ate a fruit from that particular tree. They had two choices here. One was to obey God, ignore the tree in the middle and continue enjoying God's friendship and the fruits in Eden. The second choice was to listen to the serpent and eat from the forbidden tree. Their choice in well-known. They chose to listen to a serpent whom they had just met instead of God who created them and walked along with them in Eden.
The creation of the forbidden tree in the middle of Eden is intriguing. How and why did God allow such a tree to come up there? Obviously God did not create it. He would not have forbidden Adam and Eve to eat from a tree which he had created. The forbidden fruits on the forbidden tree was a challenge to God. It would have been easy for God to put a fencing around that tree so that Adam and Eve could not have eaten the fruit from that tree. However, he chose not to do any such thing. He trusted them. He gave them the freedom to choose. He wanted man to obey Him out of free will. Not like a robot who carries out what is instructed.
The forbidden fruit is a challenge to all of us. It is an ever present temptation to commit sin. We are free to give in to the temptation. God has not put any fencing around the forbidden fruit. He wants us to avoid giving in to temptation out of our own free will. If we succeed, he promises us everlasting friendship and enjoy the fruit of life. Else, like Adam and Eve we are in danger of losing our friendship with God. Let's choose the fruit we want to eat.
Fruits in Eden

The fruits in the Garden of Eden were probably very delicious. I say this because God had created the garden for man who was made in His own image and likeness. God obviously wanted man to enjoy His friendship and hospitality. So, Eden must have been a delightful place. God gave them the freedom to eat fruits from all the trees in Eden except from the tree in the middle. In spite of God's warning, Adam and Eve ate a fruit from that particular tree. They had two choices here. One was to obey God, ignore the tree in the middle and continue enjoying God's friendship and the fruits in Eden. The second choice was to listen to the serpent and eat from the forbidden tree. Their choice in well-known. They chose to listen to a serpent whom they had just met instead of God who created them and walked along with them in Eden.
The creation of the forbidden tree in the middle of Eden is intriguing. How and why did God allow such a tree to come up there? Obviously God did not create it. He would not have forbidden Adam and Eve to eat from a tree which he had created. The forbidden fruits on the forbidden tree was a challenge to God. It would have been easy for God to put a fencing around that tree so that Adam and Eve could not have eaten the fruit from that tree. However, he chose not to do any such thing. He trusted them. He gave them the freedom to choose. He wanted man to obey Him out of free will. Not like a robot who carries out what is instructed.

The forbidden fruit is a challenge to all of us. It is an ever present temptation to commit sin. We are free to give in to the temptation. God has not put any fencing around the forbidden fruit. He wants us to avoid giving in to temptation out of our own free will. If we succeed, he promises us everlasting friendship and enjoy the fruit of life. Else, like Adam and Eve we are in danger of losing our friendship with God. Let's choose the fruit we want to eat.


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Phyllis Inniss 10/20/05
We were given free choice so that we can obey God and reap His rewards or disobey and learn the hard way. However, there is hope that God provides for us as a way out if we do wrong. The trials and tribulations that ensue from our wrong doing are tests to discipline us to bring us back to His fold. Thanks for sharing your article, which repeated itself on your computer.