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To Live or Not to Live

To Live or Not to Live

Genesis 2:9b

The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.


People who read Genesis 2 as myth miss out on their actual connection to God, to others, and to the world around them; but people who read Genesis only as history miss out on the moral lesson it presents. That’s why I like to think of Genesis 1-3 as divine fable, not because it isn’t factual, but because it relays the deepest, most central theme of human existence. The story is about a garden at the center of human existence, where God meets man, where life is abundant and free, but where a moral choice determines whether Adam and Eve will eke out an existence in the shadows or live in the bliss of His light. And that’s just like our lives today, isn’t it? Right now, in the midst of this moment, we have a choice to make. Will we taste the satisfying sweetness of Christ’s abundant life? Or will we reach for the other fruit—the poisoned ones—the ones that always leaves us hungry for more?


Genesis 2 isn’t just about Adam and Eve’s choice; it’s about yours. So what will it be today?