God created Adam and Eve and kept them in the Garden of Eden and told them to eat the fruits of all trees except the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, which was in the midst of the garden. Gen. 2:17, 3:3)
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9)
Many preachers believe and preach that God is so kind and merciful, and hence He kept the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the midst, for them to eat in a later day, when they grow sufficiently, eating the fruit of life! They confirm their claim as, God is knowing the good and evil without eating that fruit, and similarly Adam and Eve also will grow sufficiently, and then they will be permitted to eat that fruit of good and evil. They give an example of a child, in whose hands no father will give a sharp knife, lest he hurt himself with the knife. But the father certainly gives him a sharp knife when he grows and capable of handling a sharp knife!
Here let us think and meditate on the word of God. As per their thinking, without eating the fruit of good and evil, God is able to discern good and evil. Then a question arises that man too will acquire the knowledge of good and evil without eating that fruit! Now another question arises that, then why at all did God place the dangerous tree in the midst?
The answer is very simple when we look into the ways of God and what God prefers from man. God does not want the man as machine, which does not have a heart to choose! Whereas God gave man a free will to choose, so that he will decide to choose the right thing and a thing which pleases his Creator, who is loving him and looks upon him, and cares for him continuously, not only in this world but also in the world to come that is heaven or Eternal Habitation.
- Adam and Eve when lived in the Garden of Eden, God gave the commandment what to eat and “what not” to eat. That period was the “Period of Innocence”
- From the day they came out of the garden to the period of Moses was called the “Period of Conscience.” In this period God’s commandment was their conscience which speaks as “Accusing” or “Excusing” (Romans 2:15)
- From Moses to Jesus Christ, the period was called as “Period of Law.” In this period God gave Law of Moses and kept Two Things in front of the Israelites, to choose one. They were “Life” and “Death. Or, “Blessings and “Curse.”
- From Jesus Christ to His Second Coming, the Period is called as “Period of Grace.” Here Jesus Christ kept Two Ways before the people. They are “Broad Way” to Destruction or Hell and “Narrow way” to Life. Or Heaven. (Matt. 7: 13, 14)
From the above four Commandments of God applicable to various period of time, it is very certain that these commandments should never be transgressed at all. “Including the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. “Hence it is incorrect to say or believe that God kept the forbidden tree in the garden to eat the fruit but in a later day.”