What’s the deal with with the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?

Wouldn't it have been better if God didn't make The Tree of Knowledge and Evil?

The significance of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil has everything to do with God’s glory and the way that God is glorified when we do his will.  Yes, God could have made a creation where it would have been impossible for us to sin and disobey God.  But instead he designed a creation that had the potential to give Him the utmost amount of glory.  Let me explain…

When God made everything, it’s very existence and perfection radiated glory to Him.  But God designed his creation in such a way that he could be even more greatly glorified…  He made humans in His image who could choose Him or not choose Him.   As humans, when we choose to worship God, when we choose to do his will, he is glorified more greatly.  God is not conceited, but He is perfectly self-centered, after all, what else would he be centered on, He’s God!  That is often hard for us to understand because it is so hard for us to grasp the infinite worth of God.  But God gets it, so he designed a creation that he could love and that could choose to love him back, and in doing so he would be most greatly glorified.

Enter the tree… God made the Tree of Good and Evil because he wanted us to be able to choose him.  If he had made us robots without a will, then we would not have been able to choose him, obey him, and worship him.  Think about that for a minute… think how great God’s glory must be if he was willing to make a creation where his creatures could choose to not even believe him.  This may seem like a great design flaw, but if you think about it, this really points to how much God is glorified when we do choose him, when we do worship him.  It was worth it because God wanted us to choose him.  And when we do he get’s what he deserves… supreme glory.

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3 Responses to “What’s the deal with with the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?”

  1. Michelle Says:

    One speaker put it this way:
    In any relationship you need two things- trust & choice. God puts the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil to give us a choice. He doesn’t force us into a relationship with him nor does he force us to love him. Without choice, our relationship with God would be considered slavery. The tree shows God’s love for us and his trust in us. And through our choice, his name can be glorified greatly.

  2. Simon Says:

    remember this puppy? http://www.cp-sk.org/teachingpage02.htm

  3. Jacob, Esau, and the short comings of biblical parents. « Metro Bible Blog Says:

    […] that are righteous and ultimately glorifying to him (learn more about God’s will and our will here).  Secondly, God can accomplish his will despite our deception and evil.  Esau may have deserved […]

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