The result of the fall of man – expulsion from the garden and separation from God. Some say that is what eternal Hell is, a separation from God. So, maybe we already have a better idea of what Hell is like than we know…
Verse one here says – “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”. We were meant to be immortal. But because of our sin of disobedience, the reward of the tree of life, of immortality, was lost forever. The deceiver tempted us to eat from the one tree forbidden by God, and the temptation he used was to be like God, to make ourselves into God.
“But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5 ESV. And so, the deceiver still tempts us this same way. We ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thinking we could be like God. We believe we know good from evil. And we think we know that “we” are good, “they” are evil. Whoever “they” is. Problem is, for somebody out there “we” are “they.” And “they” are “we” in their minds. In the battle of good vs evil, nobody thinks “I am the evil one.” It’s always an “us vs them” proposition. We don’t want to think about the other point of view. We don’t want to recognize that our “them” is their “us.” This is why war is a part of the world. From Cain and Abel, the foundation of the world. My might makes me right. My gun is bigger than your gun, so my “good’ beats your “evil.”
And my “good” today is not the same as my fathers “good” yesterday. As a matter of fact, my “good” may have been his “evil.” Because I am going to continue searching for my knowledge. Who are you to tell me that my knowledge is good or evil anyway?? I’m going to tell you now that your “good” was really “evil.” And your “evil” was really “good,” but you just weren’t enlightened enough to understand.
God?? What does He know? We have our own knowledge today, we ate from His tree long ago. Good News? That’s all old news. I make my own good news. I AM my own good news. My good news is that I AM God, and God is me. Your bible? It says whatever I say it says. It means whatever I want it to mean. And…What is Truth? Don’t you judge me with your ancient fairy tales.
therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. Do we need to ask why??
“Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.”
Genesis 3:22-24 ESV