How to know if the Eden event really happened.

It is fascinating when one looks at what happens in the ‘Church world’ these days.  There is a general denial of many aspects of the Bible.  One is that the first eleven chapters of Genesis are myth.  For example, the talking serpent and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, is supposed to be a fairy story.  

#  Was the tree real?  

  • Genesis 3 tells us that a crafty serpent asked Eve, the wife of Adam, ‘Did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden?’  Eve replied that they could eat from all the trees.  Yet they were forbidden by God to eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  
  • The serpent answered her (Satan spoke through the serpent, Revelation 12:9, ‘…the ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan’), ‘You will not surely die.  For God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’  Genesis 3:4  He convinced her, she ate from the fruit and Adam did likewise.

#  What did it imply to eat the fruit of that tree?  

  • God, as Creator, reserved the right to decide what is right and wrong for people.  When Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil they in essence declared that they would now decide for themselves what is good or evil.  God’s opinion no longer counts.
  • Now, the interesting question is whether this event did happen?  We can only affirm it if we witness the tendency of man and woman to decide for themselves about what they think is right or wrong, and if they do not take God’s Word into account at all.  Of this there are many examples.  Marriage is one.  God’s desire is one man and one woman.  Today the ‘variety’ of marriages seem endless.  It is man to man, woman to woman, man or woman to a variety of men and/or women.  What about abortion or transgender issues?  The majority just decide and drown out those who say God must be known. 

Conclusion

These days anything goes.  Especially if it is against the Bible.  It is testimony to the truth of the Eden encounter between Satan and man.  We have all the more reason to believe Scripture is accurate and reliable.

How to slander God

I am indebted to information Dr Kynan Bridges shared with Sid Roth. 1  According to him, Eve’s disobedience to God was not the first sin.  The first sin was that the serpent slandered God’s reputation.  He defines ‘slander’ as a damaging statement about someone’s character. 

#  What was the result of that slander? 

  • When the serpent tempted Eve to eat of the fruit, he told her that she would not surely die: God did not tell them the truth.  God said one thing, but He meant something else.  So it was her doubt and suspicion that caused her to disobey God’s command. 
  • Slander damages our faith and trust in the character of the person slandered.  We no longer see them in the same way.  That is exactly what happened to Eve in the Garden of Eden.  
  • Because she no longer trusted God, her opinion of the tree changed.  The forbidden tree looked ‘pleasing to the eye, good for food and desirable to gain wisdom.’  So she took the forbidden fruit and ate it and also gave it to Adam. 
  • That led to their downfall and they were driven out of the Garden of Eden, et cetera. 

#  The same enemy slanders the Creator.   

  • God as Creator is magnificent, glorious, adored and worshipped.  Revelation 4:11 states, ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things….’  Revelation 19:6b says, ‘Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns…’  What a glorious God. 
  • Then someone slanders God as Creator in our ears.  God did not create the universe as He said He did.  He just sat and watched as the universe, our solar system and our planet evolved.  Then our powerful Creator God becomes someone different in our eyes.
  • Because of the slander against God that He is not the Creator, He becomes a ‘powerless’ God!  Who wants to love such a God?  Who wants to stand in awe of Him?  He is just a nobody, someone who claims to have created the heavens and the earth, but didn’t.  What a tragedy that we allow so many in the Church to fall for this deception.  
  • Nehemiah, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote, ‘Blessed be your glorious name and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise.  You alone are the Lord.  You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them.  You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven praise you.’ 2   Let’s join in and praise the Creator.  We include Jesus because He is also the Creator. 3  God and Jesus are one. 4

Conclusion

Let’s believe Scripture’s testimony about our fantastic Creator God and agree to, ‘Praise our God, all you His servants, you who fear Him, both small and great.’ 5 

References

  1. How you may be blocking your own destiny – Kynan Bridges on Cid Roth’s ‘It’s Supernatural!’  Published on 12 March 2017.   
  2. Nehemiah 9:5-6  
  3. John 1:3, Colossians 2:16, Hebrews 1:2
  4. John 10:30
  5. Revelation 19:5

Is there still a tree of life?

In the Old Testament we read about the garden of Eden and the tree of life.  Genesis 3:23 says, ‘…So the Lord God banished him [Adam and Eve after they were disobedient and ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil] from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.  After He drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.’  What about it?

# Is there still a tree of life?

  • Revelation 22:2 says that the tree of life lines the great river that flows from the throne of God in the New Jerusalem.
  • However, that does not help us much, because we need to eat from the tree of life now to be able to live eternally then.  Fortunately Proverbs 3:13-18 tells us we can still eat of the tree of life, ‘Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding….  She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, those who lay hold of her will be blessed.’

#  Where does one find the tree of life?

Proverbs 2:1-5 says, ‘My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find knowledge of God.’  The source of wisdom, knowledge and understanding is the Bible.

#  The tree of life (wisdom and understanding) is hidden in Jesus.

Paul wrote to the people at Galatia, ‘My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and understanding.’  Colossians 2:2,3

#  Jesus is the gate back to Eden.

We see the logic and beauty of Scripture in John 10:1-18.  Jesus said:

  • He is the Gate for the sheep [believers].
  • Whoever enters through Him will be saved.
  • They will find pasture as He leads them.
  • As the good Shepherd He knows His sheep and will lead them with care.
  • As the good Shepherd, He lays down His life for the sheep and takes it up again.
  • The fact that He took up His life again means He can lead all the sheep that came after Calvary.

Conclusion

Jesus Christ, the Cross, the opening of the gate to Eden and the tree of life, are all in one book: the Holy Word of God.  At Calvary, Christ combined the entrance back to God’s presence (after the closed gate to the garden of Eden separated us) and the tree of life (found in Scripture), so we can inherit it all one day in the age to come: glorious eternal life with our blessed Bridegroom, Jesus Christ.