Eve & the tree of the knowledge of Beneficial and harmful (good & evil)

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"Only what you really love is what you can know deeply. This tree is a touchstone of human self-discipline.... The Bible is a book of life and of what promotes life. Evil, the damaging degrading, that’s death.... Reproduction is the best weapon against death. But in that case evil is death directly, or the notion of mortality, which comes with the eating of the fruits of this tree, and only then in Adam grows the desire for the tree of Life. Because only when one is aware of one’s own mortality, one wants eternal life. Here begins the freedom of man, freedom granted by God. How does he make the Adam aware of freedom? By the Prohibition. ‘Steel not’ is a ban for me because I can steal.

That is why the fall is actually the beginning of the true incarnation. If we had all stayed in paradise, if Adam had refused to eat from the fruit of the tree, we would never have accomplished our mission as coming-people, and we would have never opposed the many challenges that destiny make us, being people in this world full of calamities, misery and disaster. Only by sending us away out of paradise, there where there were no challenges, and there where everything developed and bore fruit by normal human labor, we would not be the people we are today, with all the good and evil present in us (Felix culpa, happy debt). "
Pinches Lapide (1922-1997), "was Eve to be blamed for everything?" An Israeli diplomat and Jewish theologian of Austrian descent. Was known for his knowledge of the new Testament and its importance for the Judeo-Christian dialogue.

“...And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,..." (Genesis 1:14)

"I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." (Joel 2:30-31, Acts 2:19-20)