is a thought based upon what God showed us in Genesis 2 and 3.
Scripture makes it clear that a child of God is not to eat from the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil.
We are to avoid both; therefore, both must be equally sinful and harmful.
If God punishes us for sin, then He would have to punish us for striving
to be good as well as doing evil!
Sin cannot be the issue.
In fact, it isnít.
John the Baptist said so clearly that Jesus was the Lamb of God who takes
away the sin of the world.
In reality, sin is its own punishment.
If I dabble in wrongdoing from either side of the tree, I am miserable
because I attempting to cut myself off from my Source of life, which is the very
person of Jesus Christ (The Tree Of Life). Anything
taken out of its source is corrupt.
Eating from the good side of the tree (good without God as the source) is
as wicked as eating from the evil side.
LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may
freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat
of it; for in the day that you eat of it you will surely die." Genesis
men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a
tax-collector. The Pharisee stood
and prayed within himself in this way: God, I thank You that I am not as other
men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector.
I fast twice on the Sabbath, I give tithes of all that I possess.
And standing afar off, the tax-collector would not even lift up his eyes
to Heaven, but struck on his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner!
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the
other. For everyone who exalts himself shall be abased, and he who humbles
himself shall be exalted. Luke
we know that whatever things the law says, it speaks to those who are under the
law, that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may be brought under the
judgment of God. Because by the
works of the law, no flesh will be justified in his sight. For through the law
comes the knowledge of sin. Romans
the morrow, John sees Jesus coming toward him and said, Behold! The Lamb of God,
taking away the sin of the world! John 1:29 LITV
by Him all who believe are justified from all things, from which you could not
be justified by the Law of Moses. Acts
that a man is not justified by works of Law, but that it is through faith in
Jesus Christ (we also believed into Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by
faith in Christ and not by works of Law, because all flesh will not be justified
by works of Law). Galatians 2:16 LITV