It is impossible to taste the sweet without having first tasted the sour. This is one of the many lessons found within Genesis 2.0 and more specifically the story of Adam and Eve. It is also from this twisted tale of betrayal and deceit that we gain our knowledge of mankind?s free will, and God?s intentions regarding this human capacity. There is one school of thought which believes that life is mapped out with no regard for individual choice while contrary belief tells us that mankind is capable of free will and therefore has control over hisown life and the consequences of his actions. The story of Adam and Eve and the time they spent in ?paradise? again and again points to the latter as the truth. Confirming that God not only gave
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But perhaps the most significant consequence that came from eating the apple from the forbidden tree was mankind?s mortality. ??until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.? Before this passage nowhere was death, or an end to life, addressed. Of course the presence of the tree of life within the Garden of Eden suggests that mortality may be an issue, however an uncertain one at best. When the story begins the option of immortality does exist for all of God?s creatures, but once Eve chooses to disobey the orders given to her this option is eliminated.
Does this mean that Eve?s actions were bad? The bible itself doesn?t seem to take a position on this, and perhaps this is so because it is the wrong question to be asking. Instead what should be focused upon is why God chose to place the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden if he was simply going to forbid its being eaten? Maybe he wished to see what mankind would do when faced with such an option. Would they choose the tree of life? Or would they choose what they had explicitly been told to stay away from, the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Regardless of the decision, by creating the choice itself God has instilled upon mankind free will.
Free will allows man to play a significant role in his own fate. This is not to say that the story of Adam and Eve