God’s Two Arbitrary Commands?

In Cosmic Conflict

God’s warning about the tree of knowledge of good and evil is frequently perceived as an arbitrary test of obedience. Would Adam and Eve obey God “because he said so” or would they disobey? What would you think of a parent who told his child not to eat the fruit of one tree in the backyard and then kicked his child out of the home on the first offence? Many read this story and perceive God as capricious, arbitrary, and severe. Are we missing something in this story?

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