Was The “Garden Of Eden” A Trap Set By God?
Everyone is generally familiar with the Biblical story of the Garden Of Eden, even if they aren’t Christian. Adam and Eve supposedly were created by God, in His image, and were told not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:17).
Now, in Genesis 3:1-5, God allows Satan (the serpent) into the garden to tempt Eve. This, being bad enough, isn’t the “trap” that I’m speaking about. Picture the scene, if you will [Genesis 3:1-5]:
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
You and your wife have just been created by God, and have been put into a brand new world. Your God tells you that you can pretty much do anything you want to, except to eat of a certain tree, because if you eat the fruit from it, you’ll know the difference between Good and Evil. This is the trap I’m speaking of.
God placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden lacking the knowledge of the difference between Good and Evil. It is because of this lack of understanding that they were both destined to fail. How could it be possible that Eve knew what the serpent (Satan) was doing, what he was trying to convince her to do, was something Evil? She didn’t possess the knowledge of Good and Evil. And how could Adam have known that Eve offering him the apple was an Evil thing?
Everything about this story speaks of treachery. God planned for them to fail. They lacked the understanding to refuse to eat the apple. God said they would die if they ate the apple (Genesis 2:17). Then the serpent told them that they would be as Gods if they ate the apple (Genesis 3:5).
It is because of this lack of understanding that they were only able to take each statement at face value. They didn’t know that the serpent was “Evil,” and that God was “Good.” All they heard were two contradicting statements, and they picked the one that sounded the most appealing. There was no knowledge of Good or Evil in those statements.
This, I believe, is all the evidence required to show that God set a trap for Adam and Eve. A trap that they were destined to fall for. But then, that’s if you believe there is any truth in the Bible. I, for one, don’t believe the Bible to be the “Word Of God.” I don’t believe there is one. A “Word of God,” or a God in any sense.
Read a peer-reviewed science book.
I wrote a continuation of this post here. A clarification, as it were.