In my previous post, Reading Goals, I announced that I would be reading through the Bible. Three pages every day will bring me to the end of Revelation on December 31, 2019! In the past, any time I thought about reading the entire Bible I felt completely overwhelmed. However, three pages a day didn’t sound daunting at all! Especially considering I read about 40-50 books a year. With all that said, I’m 7 days in and ahead of schedule by a few pages!
But this post isn’t about me keeping to a schedule at all.
This post is going to be a discussion about Genesis 3:22. This verse reads:
Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!
I’m not going to lie, this verse made me pause. I read it over and over pondering what exactly it meant. I almost kept on reading, but this question kept at me.
Why is it bad that we would live forever?
That line made me really think. If God had created us with every intention of us living in His paradise of heaven and earth, why couldn’t we live forever? The more I thought about it, the more God revealed to me. For starters:
…If you eat its (the tree of life) fruit, you are sure to die. Genesis 2:17
Before the fruit was eaten, there was no chasm between God and humans because evil didn’t exist in us yet. We didn’t have the knowledge of evil so we were Good. In Genesis 1:31, God had declared that His creation was very good. That didn’t mean that he did a good job, it literally meant that it was all Good – evil was not yet dwelling in humanity. Therefore, we could forever live in God’s perfect presence. But the reason that we would die if the fruit of the tree of life was eaten was because that chasm would be created. We would no longer have the perfect Goodness of God in us. We would have the understanding of choosing evil, therefore opening up the chasm.
But what I realized
is that we were never created to shoulder the weight of knowing evil. We were actually created to live in a paradise of only knowing Good. Can you imagine that?? Living in a world where evil not only isn’t accessible, but it isn’t even known. However, the moment Eve’s lips touched that fruit, (Genesis 3:6) the burden of knowing evil fell upon humanity. From then on, we would carry the responsibility of choosing between Good and Evil. This is the part that I thought was pretty cool: God didn’t want us to have to shoulder that burden forever. This was why we would eventually have to die. And through our faith in Him, we would get to spend eternity in that perfect paradise of God’s presence after death.
Remember, we’re only in Genesis.
I could share so much more beyond that last sentence I just made, but we’re not there yet. So, to loop back and state in simple terms, God didn’t want to kill us off because we had gained the knowledge of Good and Evil. He simply didn’t want us shouldering the weight of that knowledge forever.
I am not a scholar or professor in apologetics. I am putting my thoughts down that were revealed to me while reading. Discussion, thoughts, questions, and arguments (in a nice way) you may have toward my thoughts are absolutely encouraged. I am constantly learning and my goal in writing these articles is to stretch both you and me in our walk with God. Until next time…