Adam & Eve Why does God allow humans to be put through numerous tests during a lifespan? The first human beings, Adam and Eve were put to a cruel test. When Yaweh God created the world, he told Adam and Eve that they were allowed to eat from any tree they wished. However, the only loop- hole was that they were not allowed to eat from the tree of knowledge and the tree of life. Yaweh God was extremely malicious, in that he placed these trees in the middle of Eden. (Genesis 2:9) If God were omniscient, why would he need to place the tree in the middle paradise? Is it plausible that Yaweh God wanted Adam and Eve to eat the fruit to gain knowledge? Or did he place the trees in the middle of paradise as only a test? Before eating the forbidden fruit of knowledge, Adam and Eve were as innocent as babies.
Nevertheless, soon after eating from the tree of knowledge, they noticed their nakedness and clothed themselves shamefully. (Genesis 3: 6-7) This strikingly relates to humans as babies who are so nave that they do not know of their nakedness. Yet when they mature, and gain the knowledge through their parents and their peers, they become shameful of their nakedness. In essence, children lose their innocence following the acquisition of knowledge. Knowledge is a powerful tool. Without it, we would be roaming this earth as babies unknowing the difference between right and wrong.
In Jewish belief, Yaweh God is said to be semi omnipotent, semi omniscient, and semi omnipresent. Even so, is it plausible that Yaweh God believed that Adam and Eve would pass his test and not eat the forbidden fruit? This concept is highly controversial. In Genesis Chapter 1, verse 26, God exclaims Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves. Likewise in Chapter 3 verse 5 the serpent proclaims, That your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods, knowing good from evil. Through Adam and Eve, humans can be godlike due to the knowledge obtained in the course of eating the forbidden fruit. Though we as humans may not be the strongest species, we rule this world through our intelligence.
Our intellect allows us to govern this planet through our wisdom and inventiveness. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, this allowed humans to be more like gods. By placing the fruit in the middle of the garden, Yaweh God illustrated his hidden innuendo, of wanting humans to be knowledgeable. This in turn would allow humans to be godlike. Questions are often asked of why did God needed to place the fruit in the Garden of Eden. To answer this question, it is quite simple; Yaweh God wanted humans to be more like him.
Yaweh God was harsh in placing the forbidden trees in the middle of the Garden and saying not to eat of the fruit. (Genesis 2: 9) This is similar to telling a young boy not to eat the cupcake on the table. However, as soon as an hour passes, it is almost certain that the cupcake will be gone. Although it is not stated in the Genesis, Yaweh God wanted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, so humans would be able to make their own decisions between right and wrong. Bibliography None Religion Essays.