Why Did God Plant A Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil In the Garden In The First Place?

Why Did God Plant A Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil In the Garden In The First Place?
By Adams Allison

The first and most important reason the tree of knowledge of good and evil was planted in the garden was to establish the principle of freewill.

Since God was asking for obedience, it was needful to create the opportunity for disobedience. If not, it will not be a case of choice but force and that would have contravened freewill. Without choice, there is no freewill, and without freewill (to obey or disobey), there can be no true love. A robot has no freewill and as a result cannot disobey and neither can it love. God didn’t want that from man.

It is an established fact of scripture that it was God who planted this tree of knowledge of good and evil;

“The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 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.”
Genesis 2:8‭-‬9 NKJV

Did you notice that the Bible actually says that “God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and GOOD FOR FOOD”? And to clear every doubt of what trees are in reference here, the Bible actually makes mention of the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That both are good for food.

God does not plant what He intends to uproot, and He does not uproot what He has planted. Just as the Lord said, “…every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.”
Matthew 15:13 NKJV

If God planted it (and He did), then He wanted man to eat of it. But only when Man is mature enough to handle it.

But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to DISCERN BOTH good and evil.
Hebrews 5:14 NKJV

From the above scripture, mature believers are supposed to KNOW BOTH GOOD and EVIL.

May we grow to become skillful in the Word of righteousness and become able to DISCERN BOTH GOOD and EVIL. Amen.

How The Mighty Are Fallen

People are out there, searching for deep waters and seeking deeper roots.

And what do they get?

A puddle of water and a broken flower pot.

How do we expect the souls entrusted to us by the Lord to take deep roots in shallow flower pots. We feed milk to grown men and expect them not to stumble by the wayside, like children.

What we have today is more of a user-friendly gospel rather than the pure undiluted truth. We hoard life-saving truths because we don’t want to hurt feelings and sometimes because we fear the powers that be. Not to mention those who are too lazy to actually study and research the word for themselves let alone for others. How would they when they themselves are on the precipice of doubt and unbelief.

So many are falling away from the faith simply because their faith had no deep roots.

5 “Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.”

6 “But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.”

20 “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;”

21 “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.”

Matthew 13:5‭-‬6‭, ‬20‭-‬21 NKJV

When we preach a user-friendly gospel, all we do is feed people with excitement but leave them ill equipped to stand the test of time let alone to defend the faith.

People need to dig deep into their heart questions and plant the answers only the Word can provide in those depths. We cannot scratch the surface of the dirt and expect to plant a cedar tree. And that’s the bulk of what mainstream Christianity is today – answering insignificant questions and dismissing the very cogent ones.

We think that by silencing the questions that come from the deep recesses of people’s heart we have silenced the doubt that it represents. No, all we have succeeded in doing is suppressing the question. With time, the question explodes into a full blown rebellion and a falling away of many who are without roots.

It’s high time we wake up and start leading people into deep waters where they can take roots deep down and bear fruit upwards.


Adams Allison.