We all know, or have heard, some version of the story in Genesis. God put Adam in front of two trees: The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Adam, being deceived by the devil, Satan, ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and thus the whole human race fell.
Should we take this story as being a literal interpretation? That is really another question that I hadn’t actually intended to cover in this point. I would say yes. Because think about it. God is a simple God. He loves man. He creates man. He puts man in a lovely garden with lots of things to eat. Then he tells man that he should eat of the Tree of Life. And He tells man that if he eats of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil he will surely die. Adam and Eve, the two humans on the Earth at that point, were simple people. They didn’t have the philosophical background and understanding that we have today. God never intended them to need to have a huge philosophical background. He didn’t need them to ponder their psychological condition. He just wanted them to eat. Whatever they ate, that was their choice. And whatever they ate, that is what they received into themselves.
They ate the wrong thing.
But what if they hadn’t? What if they had not listened to the devil and had never partaken of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?
They would have continued to live their meaningless lives. I am not saying that their lives were completely meaningless. After all, they were good people. They were surrounded with beautiful plants and trees with things that were good to eat. They lived a life of enjoyment. They even were able to talk to God Himself. So they definitely enjoyed their lives more than we ever have. But they were still empty. God had created them as empty human beings because He wanted them to CHOOSE HIM.
Which they hadn’t done. And they obviously weren’t completely satisfied with their lives. Because that was how the devil deceived them: He came to them and said, “eat of this tree. Then you will become like God, knowing good and evil.” Man had that desire in his heart. He wanted to become like God. But he ate of the wrong tree.
So that’s my answer to the question. If Adam and Eve had never eaten of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they would have continued their life of pleasure in the garden. For eternity. But there would always have been that hole in their deepest part. UNLESS they wised up and ate of the Tree of Life. Then they would have fulfilled God’s heart’s desire as well as the desire of their own hearts and then would have lived happily ever after for eternity.
But what of the devil? What would have happened to him? He had rebelled against God. He stood against God’s authority in the universe. God Himself was actually the contents of the Tree of Life. In the same way, Satan was the contents of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Before man ate of the tree, Satan was free. But as soon as man ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, Satan became trapped in man. Man was like a giant mousetrap.
And from then on, Satan fought a losing battle. God preached the gospel for the first time in Genesis 3:15:
And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her seed; He will bruise you on the head, but you will bruise him on the heel.
It was as a man that Jesus was able to defeat the devil. And it was because the devil was trapped in the flesh of man. Not of Jesus. He was without sin. But on the cross, the sins of the world were laid upon Him and He took them into death with Him and thus utterly defeated the most powerful weapon that the enemy had: death. And since that day, the devil loses more and more everyday. This is because He no longer has any ground, no hope, no standing. As long as we stand on the blood of Jesus, the enemy is helpless. Soon (we don’t know how soon, but it probably won’t be that far away) the Lord will consider his believers on the Earth to have matured to the point that they are ready for the purpose that he had intended us for: We will be ready to marry Him. At that time, he will resurrect and rapture all of the dead believers who loved Him to the uttermost. They will be brought up to heaven and there will be no place, no room found in heaven for the devil anymore. So he will be limited even further. He will be thrown down to Earth and the Great Tribulation that is spoken of in Revelation will take place. It won’t be a nice place to live because the devil will scourge the Earth knowing that his time is short.
After the Lord Jesus returns to the Earth, there will be no place left on the Earth found for the devil and he will be bound for a thousand years. After that, he will rebel one last time but then will be thrown into the lake of fire to suffer for all eternity.
That’s what I call justice.
And, now that I glance over the last couple of paragraphs, I realize that I kind of summarized the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. And I would also like to point out that those fans of epic fiction should give the Bible a run for its money. Even if you don’t believe what is written in the Bible, the tale is better than any other tale I’ve ever heard or read.
So if man had never eaten of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, God would not have been able to judge Satan by crucifying a man. I assume God would have defeated Satan in some other way, but we will never really know. Personally, I love the Lord Jesus more because I am a sinner. I am fully aware that there is no hope for me. Yet He still loves me, and He is able to save me to the uttermost. How can I help but love Him?