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Pastor Adam Ericksen answers the question, “Why did God put the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden?” The questioner suggested God should have put the tree in an obscure and hard to reach place, but Adam assured him that the obstacles would only increase our desire. Adam illustrates how obstacles enflame our desires with the passion for another apple, Apple products despite their high costs.

Adam advises looking at the story of the Garden of Eden in the way recommended by the theologians of the early church, as an allegory for the experience of every human. The story details how our desires work. Once our basic needs are met, we learn our desires from others. The serpent understands this and uses it to influence both Adam and Eve. God attempted to shield Adam and Eve from the knowledge of good and evil because that knowledge leads us to divide the world into good and evil and to accuse one another.

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