Why eating from the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” instead of from the “tree of life?”


God grew the “tree of life” and the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” and commanded that man shall not eat from the latter whereas He said no such thing regarding the former.

So why did not man eat from the “tree of life” that by its very name sounds much more appealing than the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” from which man eventually ate (albeit after having been seduced by a snake)?

It seems if man believed knowing is better than just living. He needed to investigate, to know, to understand, instead of simply accepting that life is, and God’s Life is his life.

I wonder whether, today, we still prefer eating from the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” to become like gods, like creators, who know what’s right and wrong. Or, whether we can just accept that life is God’s department and that we can simply reap the fruits from this “tree of life”, ie the everlasting Life of which God alone is the source.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of thinking and of understanding but am wondering whether things have gone out of balance tilting towards understanding (intellect), with a child-like ability to simply trust, to have faith, to believe almost having become extinct.

4 thoughts on “Why eating from the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” instead of from the “tree of life?”

  1. Isn’t it the purpose of a Christian Science practitioner to get the balance right again? To show people the benefits of eating from the tree of life by healing no matter what?
    I am optimistic, because matter doesn’t do it in the long run and the dawning of that knowledge is there.


    1. I share your viewpoint that there is a growing awareness of the underlying mental “infrastructure” of creation including man, and that a Principle, a divine intelligence, governs creation. A Practitioner’s approach – grounded on this understanding – is considered by some as the purest and most direct way of freeing oneself (and therefore everyone) from misconceptions in mentality which naturally leads to a change in expression.


    1. That’s right! Me, too, I love understanding God as being the I AM WHO I AM. And still, metaphors help to bring out ideas that are known since the beginning in new and sometimes more comprehensible ways.


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