These were the words of the Serpent; not the Lord God. Yes, they are Scripture but they are not the Words of God.
God had warned mankind not too eat of the fruit because they would surely die. God never said anything about them becoming “like God, knowing evil and good” if they ate of the fruit. They were already created in God’s likeness! Eating the fruit did not make them more like God but, more like Satan!
Satan knew evil.
For thousands of years, people may have thought that the Lord God knew but, did He? Did Jesus…the complete expression of the Lord know sin? Not according to Paul.
2 Cor.5:21 ~ “He made the One not having known sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Since Jesus, the Word of God who was with and was always God, did not ever intimately know sin; it begs the question ~ “Did the serpent deceive us too?”
Did the Lord God, intimately ever know sin or evil? What if that was a root of the deception that had mislead mankind? What if sin and evil had never even entered the mind and heart of our loving Father? What if we projected our awareness of sin onto the Perfect God of love?
TO KNOW ~
This Greek word ginosko or “know” is equivalent to the Hebrew word yada, which is the intimate knowledge that transcends information. The quote from Gen.5 above is the first 2 uses of yada/intimate knowledge ever used in the Scriptures.
This has nothing to do with facts and information. Yes, Jesus understood that sin existed. He often even perceived it in people’s hearts before they spoke it during his life.
Yet, he did not become intimately acquainted with it. Consider how Genesis 4 immediately follows the opening of Adam and Eve’s eyes to sin and evil. The use of the word yada is very different than we often think of “knowing”.
“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain…” Gen.4:1
Did Adam just notice Eve and go shake her hand? “Hi, Eve…I mean…you. My name’s Adam, It’s nice to know you?” No. They had already met. Adam became intimate with Eve.
Was God intimate with evil? Was there ever any darkness in God? Did God ever actually kill anyone or even command killing?
Look at Jesus. How did he treat his enemies? Consider his words on the Sermon at the Mount and apply them to your idea of God the Father; in the Old Covenant.
What if Brian Zahnd is correct? What if “The Cross proved that God would rather die than kill his enemies.”….?
What if God has never known that evil?
Are we going to believe what the deceiver said? Let’s remember what Paul said about the deception in 2 Cor.11:3 ~ “But I am afraid, lest by any means, as the serpent in his craftiness deceived Eve, your minds might be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity in Christ.”
Has the mind of the church been corrupted from the simplicity and purity in Christ? Do we doubt that God was always and always will be as pure as Christ?
“He knew NO sin.”
Actually, it is more literally “He made the One not having known sin to be sin for us…”
Because everyone except God has known sin!
Jesus was often called “The righteous One” and “The Holy One” throughout Old and New Testament. (Acts 3:14)
Jesus was the One that did not know sin. Was God divided back in the Garden? Did The Word (Jesus), The Holy Spirit and The Father part ways when they created the world? In Gen.1:1-3, we see God creating as the Spirit hovers and the Word speaks.
I believe the Trinity has always been One and always will be. Immediately before the Cross, Jesus affirmed that even though the 11 “faithful” disciples would leave him ~ “The Father is with me.” (John 16:32) According to John 14:17, The Holy Spirit was already with them too.
If Jesus never knew sin, even in the flesh; how much more did The perfect Father and Spirit of Holiness not know sin? I know that’s an oxy-moron because you can’t “intimately know sin” less than not knowing it at all. But, the point remains that they surely could not and did not ever know sin or evil!
Could God really kill and still not know evil?
Let’s go back and continue in that verse from 2 Corinthians 11 ~ “3But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ. 4For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or if ye receive a different spirit, which ye did not receive, or a different gospel, which ye did not accept, ye do well to bear with him .”
What if by attributing intimate knowledge of evil/sin to God; we entertain a different spirit and different gospel?
What if we misunderstood the simplicity and purity of God in the words ~ “God is light. In him is no darkness.” (1 John 1:5)