The tree of Knowledge

In the garden of Eden there was a tree of knowledge. Adam and Eve were forbidden from eating from this tree. The reason given is that they would die if they ate from the tree. Yet Eve ate from the tree and didn’t die.

Did God lie to Adam and Eve when He told them that they would die if they ate from the tree?

It appears that yes God did lie to them because they ate and did not die.

What happened when they ate from the tree is that they realises they were naked and they became embarrassed so they needed clothes to cover themselves up. So they didn’t die literally but perhaps it means that they got embarrassed.

There is a saying we all use “I died of embarrassment.” The death spoken about here appears to be the same death. It is not a literal death; it is that they were so embarrassed and ashamed from not being able to keep God’s command that they died of embarrassment.

Sometimes when we use the word death and die it is not literal and it is nothing to worry about it is merely a figure of speech.


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