Okay all of you Bible students and scholars out there; I've got an important question for you! I might be setting myself up for trouble by asking this question...but here goes. Since Adam and Eve "walked with God" in the Garden of Eden, wouldn't that mean that they already knew about what is good? If correct, then wouldn't it follow that the action of "eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil" meant that they chose to disobey God in order to learn evil and how it is the opposite of good?
I once read a book where the author mentioned that "evil" is "live" written backwards.
Jesus often talked about giving us life - a new life in Him.
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Jhn 6:27 “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
Jhn 17:1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,
Jhn 17:2 “as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should[fn] give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.
Jhn 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
I urge all to read the entirety of John 17!
Satan offers the opposite of life - especially when we consider where and how a person will spend his or her life in eternity.
Jesus told us about Satan's schemes as they were recorded in the Bible throughout his 3 year ministry on earth. The following verse contains the warning of three active words that represent Satan's intentions against God and His creation, "to steal, to kill, and destroy."
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
First, the enemy of our souls comes to steal. Then, he takes it further with the intention to kill. What's more, he comes to destroy. What does he attempt to destroy? All that is good that comes from God! Therefore, those who think that the freedom to sin is profitable to them have their priorities seriously wrong and twisted!
Wonderfully, Jesus doesn't end the verse with what the "thief" intends to do. He informs us that his purpose is to "come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
John 17 (NKJV)
Jesus Prays for Himself
1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should [fn] give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, [fn] that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world, [fn] I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; [fn] and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will [fn] believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. 26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
(17:11) NU-Text and M-Text read keep them through Your name which You have given Me.
(17:12) NU-Text omits in the world.
(17:12) NU-Text reads in Your name which You gave Me. And I guarded them; (or it;).
(17:20) NU-Text and M-Text omit will.