Saturday, October 15, 2011

Old debate

red apple core
"Stan the half truth teller" and I had a big debate over at my blog "Pilgrimage" about whether Adam and Eve knew it was wrong to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil since they did not yet "know" good and evil.

Originally I claimed that they obviously did have some but not full "knowledge" before they ate of the tree or else God would not expect them to understand that it was wrong to disobey Him. They still didn't have full knowledge yet which they were protected from.

I heard a preacher ages ago suggest that to "know" in the Bible was to choose to have a relationship with someone. Then it hit me. The word "knew" used in the phrase in Genesis where Adam "knew" Eve is exactly the same Hebrew word as to "know" good and evil.

Genesis 4:1
Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the LORD.”
Go figure, to "know" doesn't just mean to have knowledge it means to have a relationship with..."

Revelation... ding ding

1 comment:

  1. Very true Dan!

    To 'know' meant to 'know by intimate experience'.

    In the same way, Christians have a special 'knowledge' relationship with God. Lots of people know about God, and God Himself knows everything about everyone. But Christians have come to 'know' Christ and God by intimate experience. And God 'knows' us in this special way too.