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THE TREE OF LIFE

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” – God

Adam lived 930 years after eating the forbidden fruit.  How are we to understand this? Let’s analyze the possible penalties for disobeying God on this point:

If Adam’s death 930 years after eating the Fruit was the direct (albeit delayed) result of eating it, that means Adam was created immortal, and eating the Fruit not only removed this immortality, but God acted in such a way that Adam couldn’t gain eternal life back himself.  God said Adam had become able to discern good and evil, and he barred the way for him to eat of the Tree of Life, which would have resulted in him re-acquiring the immortality that was removed from him.

The biggest problem with this scenario is the Tree of Life itself.  If Adam was created immortal, he didn’t need to eat from it, and if immortality was stripped from him, God needed to bar the way to the Tree of Life lest Adam reverse the penalty and re-acquire immortality.  So the Tree of Life is an entirely redundant plot device, and perhaps worse than redundant, for it forced God to quickly intervene before Adam thought of resorting to it after the fall.

The alternative is that Adam was not created immortal, but needed to eat the fruit of the Tree of Life as a health maintenance activity, sort of like eating free range chicken and organic lettuce.  In this scenario, God is a liar when he said the fruit would result in his death, because Adam was already doomed to die from his creation (else why the necessity for a Tree of Life to stave this death off?).    What God really meant to say was that he personally would kill Adam by denying him access to the Tree of Life in retaliation for eating the fruit.

In both scenarios, God’s statement that Adam would die “in the day” that he ate the fruit was also a lie.   Believers twist the scriptures to fix that, by changing a “day” to mean a thousand years, or saying that Adam died a “spiritual death”.  Spiritual is a modifier that makes words mean other than what they are supposed to mean.   For instance, one time the Jehovah’s Witnesses said Jesus would come back in the year 1975.  But he didn’t really come back.  He came back “spiritually” though.