Knowledge is Learned

December 3, 2016 General Studies

Why does God allow humans to be put through numerous tests during a lifespan? The first human beings, Adam and Eve were put to a test. When God created the world, he told Adam and Eve that they were allowed to eat from any tree they wished. However, the only loop- hole was that they were not allowed to eat from the tree of knowledge and the tree of life. Is it plausible that God wanted Adam and Eve to eat the fruit to gain knowledge? Or did he place the trees in the middle of paradise as only a test? Before eating the forbidden fruit of knowledge, Adam and Eve were as innocent as babies. Nevertheless, soon after eating from the tree of knowledge, they noticed their nakedness and clothed themselves shamefully. (Genesis 3: 6-7) This strikingly relates to humans as babies who are so nave that they do not know of their nakedness. Yet when they mature, and gain the knowledge through their parents and their peers, they become shameful of their nakedness. In essence, children lose their innocence following the acquisition of knowledge. Knowledge is a powerful tool. Without it, we would be roaming this earth as babies unknowing the difference between right and wrong. Is it possible that God believed that Adam and Eve would pass his test and not eat the forbidden fruit? This concept is highly controversial. Our intellect allows us to govern this planet through our wisdom and inventiveness. By placing the fruit in the middle of the garden, God illustrated his hidden innuendo, of wanting humans to be knowledgeable. Questions are often asked of why did God needed to place the fruit in the Garden of Eden. Although it is not stated in the Genesis, God might have wanted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, so humans would be able to make their own decisions between right and wrong.

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