Why did God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden?

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God put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden to test humanity (Genesis 2:17). We, humans unlike animals, were created with the freedom of choice. We have free will. In order to establish this characteristic, God placed this tree in Eden for our first parents to choose to obey Him or not. This was the only test they had.

Sadly, Adam and Eve chose to disobey God by eating from the tree of knowledge, and hence, sin came into the world (Genesis 3:6). Our free will would be meaningless without the option of choice. After about 6,000 years, we can see that the option of sin is not a good choice. Sin brought death, misery and woe to our once peaceful world.

But the only One that truly suffered from our wrong choice is God Himself. God Himself paid a very high price to save us. In order to redeem us back from the death sentence of sin, the Father offered His only Son to take the penalty of our sin and die so that we can live again and go back to the Paradise we lost.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). There is no greater love than this that someone may die for those whom he loves (John 15:13).

Today, any one that accepts Jesus‘ death on their behalf and follow in His steps, will live forever (John 1:12). But those that reject God’s free offer of salvation, will die for their own sins. One day soon God will come again, destroy sin, and make all things anew (John 14:1-3). And His children will eat from the tree of life once again and live forever (Revelation 22:14).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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