So the Genesis story ?

Here are my new questions and take on the genesis story.

What we know :

A)Genesis 2 Verses 9,16,17

1)There were 2 trees a)Tree of knowledge of good and evil. b)Tree of Life.

2)God told man not to eat from the tree of knowledge. So Adam,Eve could have had the fruit from Tree of life.

3)We will “die” if we eat from the tree of knowledge.

B)Genesis 3 Verse 22

1)If we eat from tree of life we can “live” forever.

My confusion :

1)God never prevented adam from eating from the tree of life.

2)So why didn’t Adam eat from the tree of life before or after eating from the tree of knowledge ? Shouldn’t that have solved all the problems ?

3)God chased them from garden fearing that they might eat from the tree of life and live forever, and then sends his son jesus to die for our sins so that we can live forever ?

4)If man was allowed to eat from tree of life in the beginning then why suddenly change it ?

5)Cost of sin is death, if tree of life can give us eternal life(meaning it counters the effect of sin)  then why Jesus ?

My take :

Might sound too much for people, but this whole story sonds more like a “science experiment gone wrong” rather than a divine event.

Is the “serpent” really evil ?

A)What we know : Genesis 3 Verse 4,5,22

1)Serpent is saying we wont die.

2)We will become like gods knowing good from evil.

3)We did become like “gods” knowing good from evil(Verse 22).

My Confusion:

1)Why is the serpent treated as the bad guy ? He never deceived us, if Adam had eaten the fruit from tree of life. He would have been like gods.

2)Why is god so scared about a man knowing good and evil living forever ?

My take:

I find the reaction of “gods” very weird. It appears to be a knee jerk reaction.

One thing is for sure, the story taught to me in sunday class is utterly completely wrong. Because, either man was never meant to live forever(physically) and physical death was always part of god’s plan, or man and “gods” are super stupid in their planning and reactions.

Another stream of thought, what if “gods” were the bad people trying to enslave men and the serpent was the good one, who showed us the right way ?

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~ by dineshabe on December 18, 2012.

4 Responses to “So the Genesis story ?”

  1. dinesh on a highway to hell

  2. Hi Dini – How many of those confusions have been cleared now, that its been about 3 years since you wrote this blog?

  3. I will try and attempt an answer – Time to revive your blog. First, very good questions. Starting with Q 2 in section B. Rest will follow as time permits.

    2)So why didn’t Adam eat from the tree of life before or after eating from the tree of knowledge ? Shouldn’t that have solved all the problems ?

    We do not know why Adam did not eat from the Tree of Life unless we get to meet him and ask the reason for not doing something in the same way as I will never know why you don’t do somethings until you tell mt why?
    An attempt to answer:
    Tree of Life would not have been a very important and attractive tree to Adam at that point in time because he did not know Death until God punished him (Genesis 3:19) and death itself was a result of his sin(Romans 5:12). And they has just seen God kill an animal to make clothes for them (Genesis 3:21). God knew that eventually man would want to eat from the Tree of Life (as he would not want to die) but God sent him away from the Garden and nobody could ever eat from the tree of Life in the garden of Eden.

    Now, would that have solved all the problems? No.
    Man, if he had eaten the from the Tree of Life after eating from the Tree of Knowledge, he would be ETERNALLY EVIL ( like the fallen Angels – Lucifer. Now whether the angels die or not is another question for another blog on your site). Being Eternally Evil is no solution to any problem….infact Evil (Disbobedience to God) itself is the only problem in God’s perfect world. Everything else is just the manifestation of it in all forms. Hence the redemption plan of God to make us not evil, before giving us life forever.

    Let me know your thoughts.
    (You should read John MacArthur and R.C.Sproul on this subject for a much better answers, Till you do that I will keep commenting on the questions.)

    • 8 The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
      15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

      Is this death physical or spiritual ?

      22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”

      Is this eternal life spiritual or physical ?

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