THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL?
The concept is fairly simple once you stop and give it some thought. If you lived in a world where everything was white—white houses, white cars, white streets, a white sky, …—it would be the only color you knew. Now, if I introduced black to your world—if I threw in some black houses with the white ones, some black cars with the white ones, …—your life would be impacted. You would realize the drastic difference in the two colors. Then, I could really rock your world and throw in all the colors we know—yellows, greens, blues, reds, etc. With knowledge of all the colors in the spectrum, you could develop an appreciation for a beautiful blue sky, you could fear the red of a bleeding wound, and you could embrace the chill of a blanket of white snow. Each color would have meaning to you.
This is how our world is today, we increase our knowledge every day! In the beginning God created a perfect world. Creation existed without pain, disease, death, shame,…. Initially, the two “perfect” human beings knew only “perfection.” As you know, it only took a short while before this perfect creation was broken by the disobedience of these parents of all mankind. Ironically, though, the Fall must have been part of God’s perfect will because He allowed the Fall to happen. Why? I believe that one of the key reasons for the Fall was to demonstrate to man the complete goodness of God. With the Fall, evil and all of its wicked accomplices entered the world causing man to appreciate the pristine goodness of the original creation.
Following the Fall, man quickly became acquainted with this evil. Imagine Adam and Eve’s misery as they felt fear, shame, and loneliness for the first time. I am sure they were overcome with crazy, yet disturbing, emotions—especially compared to the perfect peace and harmony they had experienced prior to the Fall. As a matter of fact, their firstborn son, Cain, would soon murder his younger brother, Abel.
The bible tells us that God created us for His glory. The bible also tells us that we cannot save ourselves from the misery of eternal separation from God. The Apostle Paul explains, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph 2:8-9) So—as we spend the time given us on earth, the evil will show us the glory of our Heavenly Father. The evil will show us His good, the disease will point to His healing, the pain of loss will help magnify His zeal for abundance; our suffering on this earth will further point to His magnificent glory! Many of us will truly turn to God asking for the perfect creation to be restored. And we will find His promise in the Bible—the promise of Jesus Christ to make all things new.
This is what John saw near the end of his vision of the Revelation, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” (Rev 21:3-5) Jesus will restore creation and we, His Christian church, will be returned to the perfection that existed at the time of Adam and Eve! That will be an amazing time for Christians, it will also be a very devastating time for non-believers as they learn of their eternal separation from God.
Those of us who choose to follow Jesus during our time here on earth will get to join Him in this restored paradise. We, of course, will be much different as compared to Adam and Eve before their infamous act of disobedience. We will have a complete appreciation for the holiness of our God and our Savior as we reflect on lessons learned on this Earth. Each of us having tasted of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” will be eternally thankful for the work of our savior, Jesus Christ, when He nailed each of our evil lessons to that cross outside Jerusalem many years ago. In God’s eyes we will be perfect—Thank you, Jesus!