“3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.” Genesis 1:3-5
We are aware of the fact that God created the earth and the universe. All that He created He said was good and was perfect. He rested on the 7th day just to enjoy the goodness and beauty of everything He has created.
“31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31
But, we need to ask ourselves about one particular item that was sitting in the middle of the Garden of Eden, and this was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This would seem contrary to God’s nature, for God does not create evil nor does He tempt with evil. All that God created was good, so what about this tree?
” 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.[d] 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” James 1:12-18
So, if God tempts no one with evil, we need to look to the one who is capable of tempting, and that is Satan. Satan was originally created by God as an angel in heaven who was the most beautiful of all the angels. His job was to be right above God as His covering and to lead worship. His original name was Lucifer, but was changed to Satan as pride grew within him and he rebelled against God. He felt he was better than God and should have full authority in heaven, so he promised some angels that if they joined him, that they too would be worshiped when they overthrew God. They tried to overthrow God, but failed and were cast down to the earth. This is when their official titles were changed from angels to demons. Their new goals were to deceive and destroy humans in order to hurt God. So, Satan is the official ‘tempter’ along with his demons. He even also attempted to tempt Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days.
“And the tempter came and said to [Jesus] “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”” Matthew 4:3
Knowing that Satan is the tempter, we can re-evaluate Genesis 2 to see how God describes the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In the prior verses and chapters, we can see that God uses terminology explaining that He created good things, but then we get to verse 9, the terminology is different. It does not reference the terms created, but rather calls our attention to them by His statements that the trees were there. We obviously can understand that God created both trees, but there is something unique about the one tree with the knowledge of evil.
“ 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2:7-9
We see then that God gives a warning to Adam telling him that there was this tree in the garden that had been corrupted and if he chose to be tempted by the tree and eat it, he would die. Do you think God originally created the tree to reveal the knowledge of evil and to bring in death? This would no longer make the tree good. It doesn’t seem plausible that God would create an evil tree.
“15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat[d] of it you shall surely die.”” Genesis 2: 15-17
So, we might think about how this tree was modified. God created everything good, but Satan corrupts and tempts. Satan cannot create by himself, but he can corrupt, twist, and modify what God has created and what God has said. Satan always keeps forms of truth, but then adds his own evil desires. It would be feasible, then, to know that God originally created the tree as a good tree and that somehow, Satan got in there and corrupted the tree, genetically modifying it, to bring in evil and death through luring temptation. God allows Satan to do these things so that man has a free-will choice to obey or disobey what God has said. God is not a dictator. He is a loving father who guides and directs and hopes that we will make the right choices based on our love for him.
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” Genesis 3: 1-7
Not certain that Satan genetically modified the tree? Satan has shown a history of genetically modifying God’s creation. When you read through the Bible, you will see that Satan and his demons have, on several occasions, impregnated humans and have genetically modified the race… giants. Yep, the giant that David fought was a genetically modified human, and Goliath was from a village of giants (9+ feet tall with super strength that could break metal). These giants were created when demons mated with humans. This was a ‘super race’ of genetically modified humans. In the Bible, they are called Nephilim. They were the offspring of the “sons of God” (demons) and the “daughters of men” referenced in Genesis 6:4, Numbers 13:33 and more. This race was one of the key reasons that God wanted to wipe out everyone in the flood. At that time, only Noah’s family had not been genetically modified. The rest had been corrupted with the seed of demons. Sounds like a sci-fi movie, but it is actually true. You can do your own studies of this and what you’ll discover is shocking to say the least.
We can also see Satan working today as well to genetically modify both humans and animals, which is contrary to God’s desires (He has several references in the Bible when people have tried to modify animals by attempting to interbreed species and God punished them severely). Today, we have genetically modified animals and crops, which has brought about increased diseased and shortened lifespans. They are currently trying to modify humans as they are experimenting with ways to put chips in our brains to improve brain function and much more. Their desire is for ‘super humans.’ Sounds familiar, huh? There’s lots of research out there to study if you have time. It’s actually pretty scary what they are experimenting with. Scientists will crush the very building blocks of DNA that was created by God. God is none too happy about that. He created everything perfect, and man cannot improve on what God has already done.
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.” Luke 17:26
Father God, Thank you that you are not a dictator, forcing us to do right, but that you have given us a choice to obey you and truly love you based on our free will. Thank you also that you have provided a path of righteousness for us to follow and though Satan may tempt us, that we can be victorious over those temptations by fleeing them. Help to keep us strong and on your path, by the power of your son, Jesus. Amen.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7