18 July, 2019

33. Cake or Death?

33. Cake or Death?

"The Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:16-17

After God creates Eve, He announces that everything he has created is "very good."

What was God's first command to the human race?


Wrong Answer.

Unless of course you answered: have sex.*

Lots and lots of sex.

Yup. Not kidding. Hover over Genesis 1:28.

Who said God's rules weren't fun?

Moving on.

Before God created Eve, He told Adam that he could eat from every tree on the surface of the earth...save for one. This particular one was in the very center of God's garden. The garden which Adam was the gardener of. God explicitly warned Adam that the fruit of this particular tree would kill him.

The Ultimate Cake or Death.

Would you like cake (the fruit from any of these 1015 trees + immortality)
or death (the fruit from this one forbidden tree)?

Perhaps one of the reasons this passage is so mocked by the ASA is because it seems as unlikely that a real historical Adam and Even would eat from the fruit of the forbidden tree, as it would any reasonably intelligent person choosing death instead of cake?

So what was really going on?

Once again, 2nd Temple Judaism has the answer (as we will see in upcoming posts).

And that answer might surprise you.

Do you think the standard Sunday School explanation reasonably explains why Adam and Eve ate from the tree of Knowledge and Good and Evil? 
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*Please note: Adam and Eve were married when given that command.