The Myth Of God 's Covenant With Man

1384 Words Jun 16th, 2015 6 Pages
While the Old Testament focuses much on God’s covenant with man—starting first with the patriarch Abraham—the book of Genesis establishes the foundation for such concepts as the forbidden, original sin, and perhaps the most intriguing, evil. This latter presents itself early in the text, most notably through God’s creation of the Tree of Knowledge. Some scholars have questioned the reasoning behind the tree, stating that if God knew the outcome of Adam and Eve’s decision, then why allow its existence. Similar arguments arise when addressing the murder of Able by his brother, Cain. There is, however, an explanation for God’s inclusion of evil in the Garden and throughout the remainder of the Old Testament. God’s allowance of evil in the book of Genesis—while simultaneously offering man free will—acts as a test, one rooted in hope, loneliness, and love.
The operative words, and the ones that help prove the above argument, come from the first chapter of Genesis. When God says, “Let us make man in our image, and after our likeness,” He tells the reader two things: one, He shares in man’s emotional construction, and two—that our image resembles the creator (Genesis 1:26). “In our image”—the operative words—is the basis for all of God’s tests, meaning that He, knowing what is in himself, knows what is in man: a kind of genetic apprenticeship. God’s creation of the Tree of Knowledge is man’s first test, not of free will, but of man’s likeliness of imitating his creator. By…
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