knowledge of good

Because The Knowledge of Good Kills God’s People Just As Effectively As The Knowledge Of Evil

There was a time when the doctrines of purgatory, indulgences, icon worship, Mary worship and many other teachings of the Catholic church were settled doctrine. In fact, in many instances, standing against these venerated dogmas put one at risk of death through torture. Men of the cloth condemned people to the stake for simply disagreeing with what they believed in. Can you imagine condemning someone to death for something you thought was heresy, but later found out to be God’s truth?

God says,

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Gen 2:16,17

In the beginning, when all things were perfect, God denied mankind the knowledge of good and evil. It makes sense that God forbade the knowledge of evil, but why did He restrict our access to the knowledge of good?

Man cannot live by knowledge and please God

The reason that God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the forbidden fruit is that we can’t handle any knowledge by ourselves. When we start to decide what is right and wrong, we err. Instead of living by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of YHWH, our own choices lead us in the ways of death. Eve’s decision to partake of the forbidden fruit ultimately killed everyone on earth, except eight people.

Many Christian believers also live their lives, not by faith in God’s voice, but by their understanding of His scripture. Like fearful children, they cower in the corner of this world fearing what might happen. Doctrinal boogiemen lurk at every corner, in every closet, under every bed, just waiting to snatch their eternal soul. Many “believers” live by the knowledge of good because they fear to trust the voice of their Father.

How can we claim to know God, yet fear to trust His voice?

The mere fact that many are so hesitant to trust the voice of God reveals they don’t personally know Him. Moreover, how can they claim to trust God when they mistrust His voice? It’s like without the scriptures to make them live righteously, they can barely keep the lid on sin that lurks inside them. However, where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. When we are led by His Spirit, He will not lead us into sin.

In short, the knowledge of good is killing people both spiritually and physically. When we distrust His voice we act like orphans. Everything becomes a “must do” instead of an “I want to”. Moreover, we tend to judge others by our own struggles, looking down our noses at those who possess freedoms we deny ourselves. Naturally, if they do the things we believe keep us from sinning, surely they will fail.

You cannot walk in the Spirit and live by the knowledge of good at the same time

You cannot walk in the Spirit and simultaneously cling to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The two are mutually exclusive. If you walk by knowledge, you cannot walk in the Spirit. If you walk in the Spirit, you cannot walk by knowledge. It is as simple as that.

In conclusion, the very thing that many believe will save them from sin is, in fact, condemning them for eternity. No man, wise in his own eyes, will make heaven his home. Only those who live by revelation, like Peter, will stand in that day of judgment.

Finally God says,

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Revelation 21:17,18

Walking in the Spirit by Gretchen Keskeys

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