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MESSAGES FROM EDEN
Revelation #2 - Adam and Eve Ate from The Tree of Life
EXCERPT FROM: The Revelation of The Tree of Life: The Theology of Divine Perfection by Angelina Galassi
Adam and Eve Ate from the Tree of Life
Before the fall, we can know for certain that God did not forbid Adam and Eve from partaking of the Tree of Life because God commanded them to eat from ‘every tree’ in the garden, and this included the Tree of Life (“And he commanded him, saying: Of EVERY TREE of paradise thou shalt eat.” - Genesis 2:16).
However, the only forbidden tree was the ‘Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil’ (“But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat. For in what day soever thou shalt eat of it, thou shalt die the death.” - Genesis 2:17).
Therefore, from the support of the above verses, we can conclude that there are three important points. And they are:
1) God did not forbid Adam and Eve from eating of the Tree of Life.
2) God commanded them to eat from ‘every tree’ in the garden, and this included the Tree of Life (the only forbidden tree was the ‘Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil’).
3) The access to the Tree of Life was made open to Adam and Eve for God did not forbid them from eating of this tree. We also know that the access to the Tree of Life was closed after Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
“And he cast out Adam; and placed before the paradise of pleasure Cherubims, and a flaming sword, turning every way, to keep the way of The tree of life.” - Genesis 3:24
An Open Invitation
Pertaining to the second point, since God commanded Adam and Eve to eat ‘of every tree’ (but forbade our first parents to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil), therefore, the access to the Tree of Life was made open. If the Tree of Life was made open, then that means there was an invitation. For instance, a grocery store being open for business means an invitation for the customers to do their shopping there. In another instance, real estate agents put out open house signs to invite people to come and look at the properties that they are selling. Therefore, the only question left to ask is: Did Adam and Eve accept the invitation and ate from the Tree of Life?
Adam and Eve Before the Fall
From the teaching of the One Holy Roman Catholic Church, we know that before Original Sin, Adam and Eve were sinless, and they were immune from suffering and death. They were free from concupiscence and ignorance.
These preternatural gifts from God affected their bodies, hearts, and minds. God also gave our first parents supernatural gifts that raised them to a higher state than their nature. The supernatural gifts are grace, energies, rights, and dignities as children of God. Before Original Sin, our first parents lived in harmony with God. They obeyed God. Their human faculty was in order, their intelligence was not darkened. They were perfect physically; however, they needed to grow in wisdom, trust and humility.
Since the Tree of Life was open to them, this could only mean that there was an invitation from God to our first parents to eat from the Tree of Life. Since God had invited them, they would obey, for to reject God’s invitation would mean sin. And since we know that they did not sin until they ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil offered by the Devil, thus, we can confidently conclude that before Original Sin, Adam and Eve obeyed God for they were both Just. And since God commanded them to eat from ‘every tree’ they must do so. For to disobey God would mean sin, and they did not sin before Original Sin! Therefore, since Adam and Eve were both ‘just,’ the fruit from the Tree of Life was their food.
Key Verse: “The fruit of the just man is a tree of life…” - Proverbs 11:30
We can also determine whether or not Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Life through deductive reasoning.
Here is a sample of deductive syllogism:
X is needed for Y to occur.
Therefore, X is the cause of Y.
The argument below reveals that Adam and Eve did eat from the Tree of Life:
The Tree of Life that God rested upon (X) brought forth the fruit of everlasting life (Y).
Adam and Eve (before Original Sin) did not experience death for they had everlasting life (Y).
Therefore, the Tree of Life (X) was the cause of Adam’s and Eve’s everlasting life (Y).
This logical argument reveals one believable cause. Since we know that God alone is the source of everlasting life, therefore, God Who rested upon the Tree of Life is the One Who fed Adam and Eve from the Tree of Life. And for this reason, Adam and Eve did not die before Original Sin.
Furthermore, how will God convince Adam and Eve that He is everlasting? The only way that He can convince them of this truth is that they taste and see! Isn’t logic beautiful? And this of course leads us to another very interesting verse:
“For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil.” - Genesis 3:5
In our observation of Genesis 3:5, it is perplexing that Eve actually believed that by eating the ‘eyes shall be opened.’ Eating can make one’s ‘eyes’ open? How can Eve believe this? But ‘eyes’ open to what?
“They have not known, nor understood: for their eyes are covered that they may not see, and that they may not understand with their heart.” - Isaiah 44:18
In Isaiah 44:18, when ‘eyes are covered’ it means having no knowledge nor understanding. Thus, conversely when ‘eyes’ are ‘opened’ then knowledge and understanding are given. But still, how could eating transmit understanding and knowledge? How can Eve believe a beastly stranger (the serpent) that from the partaking of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, she ‘shall be as Gods’ (Genesis 3:5)?
A fruit tree can transmit knowledge? What? A beastly stranger shows up offering her a gift, and she believes this? Where did she get this idea from? Eve believed the Devil’s lies because from her past experiences, she received the transmission of knowledge from another tree. But from what tree? The only tree in the Garden of Eden that reveals the knowledge of the state of everlasting life is -- the Tree of Life.
This proves that Eve believed in the Devil’s lies (that a tree can transmit power and knowledge) because from her past experiences, Eve received the transmission of knowledge, power and wisdom from the partaking of the Tree of Life. Tell me, are we not Sherlock Holmes? At this point, I think the Holy Spirit is truly proud of us! And here we are truly using our intelligence to understand God.
“Wisdom is a Tree of Life...” - Proverbs 3:18
“He [God] created of him [Adam] a helpmate [Eve] like to himself: he gave them counsel, and a tongue, and eyes, and ears, and a heart to devise: and he filled them with the knowledge of understanding.”
- Ecclesiasticus 17:5
This also leads us to another detailed argument that confirms that God fed Adam and Eve from the Tree of Life.
Until Next time......
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