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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.

Further Reading

I wrote a continuation of this post here. A clarification, as it were.

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  1. pistolpete
    Saturday December 1, 2007 at 12:23 PM

    You make a compelling case. I wouldn’t say, though, that God set a “trap”. Think of it this way. You teach your children not to stick their fingers in the electric socket. You explain the consequences. You could stay right there and make sure they don’t do it. But, you know they need to grow up and make their own decisions. You leave. They stick their hands in the socket. Tragic, but all too human.

  2. Saturday December 1, 2007 at 12:45 PM

    I understand what you’re saying. But, at the same time, what does that say about God if He’s willing to let His children suffer the tortures of Hell because they needed to make their own decisions?

    I, like you, am a father, and I totally understand what you’re saying. You can teach your children so many things, but some things they choose to learn on their own. My words aren’t as powerful as a burn from a hot pan.

    But, my contention is that God already knew what was going to happen after everything was said and done.

    Basically, I don’t think that Justice is served by damning all of humanity over the “mistake” of two people. And I put quotes around the word “mistake” because it wasn’t even really a mistake. They didn’t understand that what they did was “bad,” or “Evil.”

    Thanks again for the comment!

  3. George Osei-Somuah
    Wednesday February 4, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    I can understand you, but you are only standing on a half side of the truth. Am not here to convince you, but to show you what I did not know before. What you are about to read is not what the popular teachings teach. Please visit the webside below for the rest: truth http://www.jesusteachings.com

  4. Friday February 6, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    George,
    This website seems to be promoting, essentially, a form of “New Age-ism.” As far as Christianity is concerned, there isn’t really any scriptural evidence to support the claims of this site.

    Now is the time to disconnect from the human consciousness of the god of this world and reconnect with the Christ connsciousness of the Father on Other Earth…

    The whole idea of this “Christ Consciousness” has, what appears to be, Buddhist or Hindu origins. Sri Swami Krishnananda wrote a paper describing exactly what this seems to mean.

    Christ was a great Yogin, Master Yogin, one of the greatest Yogins the world has produced, an Yogin in the true sense of the term. He was perpetually in unison with the Spirit, drew sustenance from the Spirit and operated upon the Law of the Spirit in the world or the realm of matter.

    While there may be some truth to this, I severely doubt whether any of today’s Christians would agree with this philosophy. Especially those who take the Bible literally. This seems to be an attempt to merge Christianity with other forms of religion.

    As far as this concerning my thesis here, in the context of the story, the only logical conclusion is that God set a trap.

    • Sir Mascot
      Friday July 2, 2010 at 7:38 PM

      Why on earth do you think one needs a scriptural evidence to support what the scripture is guity of causing? Wake up, you dumb religious fanatic. Religion and fairy tales will kill you!!!!

  5. George Osei-Somuah
    Saturday February 7, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    GodKillzYou,
    thank you for your reply, I shall consider what you mean, since it makes sence

  6. Saturday February 7, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    George,
    Thanks for the exchange. I always appreciate other points of view, and I appreciate you bringing this site to my attention.

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