Q. I have a question, that has been on my mind for quite some time. Since God knows all, he knew Adam and Eve would not stay away from the tree of knowledge and that they would eat from it even though God told them not to. So why did he put the tree there in the first place? I don’t mean to be disrespectful toward God or even question what he does, because I believe he knows exactly what he is doing. I just wonder about things like this.
A. God gave Adam and Eve thousands of square miles of beautiful park land with an abundance of fruit and vegetables for food. They could go anywhere and do anything without fear. He gave them only one rule. Don’t eat the fruit of one tree among the thousands. Sure He knew they would disobey, but what good is the freedom of choice if there are no bad choices? What good is obedience if there’s no possibility of disobedience? Where’s the benefit of doing good if evil is not an option? To make Adam and Eve truly autonomous there had to be alternatives that included both right and wrong.