Originally posted by rwingett
Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the groun ...[text shortened]... Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
The problem is the METHOD (the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil) was wrong.
It is not that being like God is wrong.
It is that the WAY in which man chose to accomplish this was wrong.
Man sought to choose the independent way.
He should have taken of God as life embodied in the tree of life
Adam moved from an innocent and neutral position to an adversarial position to be like God. In short, he followed the Satanic rebellion to be like God.
"How you have fallen from heaven, O Daystar, son of the dawn! ... you said in your heart:
I will ascend to heaven; Above the stars of God.
I will exalt my throne.
And I will sit upon the mount of assembly in the uttermost parts of the north.
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High" (See Isaiah 14:12-14)
Adam was recruited by Satan to join the Satanic rebellion.
So it was the forbidden WAY that Adam chose to be like God which caused the prohibition of the very matter intended by God.