That seems like a silly question; doesn’t it?
When I thought about the first three chapters of Genesis I had to wonder why God would curse someone for wanting the knowledge of good and evil! After all, if I didn’t know what was right and what was wrong, then how could I do right? I might be doing wrong and not know it!
The example of Adam and Eve only served to confuse me further. They were naked and knew no shame! And yet God did not even tell them! He didn’t curse them until they ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and then knew the difference between good and evil.
I saw that they were not condemned for their sin, because they didn’t understand and yet I search constantly for understanding and believe it is better than not understanding!
At times it seemed like I was growing farther from God by wanting to know the difference of good and evil even better!
That is, when I thought about the first three chapters of Genesis, but just a few words of the second chapter of Proverbs refute that concept. So I was confused. It seemed as though I had to return to the condition of Adam and Eve before they ate from the tree and yet that was impossible for me. I had always known the difference between good and evil. Even before I began to think about God and read His word; I knew.
Now, I know that everyone’s mind is jumping to Jesus and you are saying to yourself that Jesus died for our sins and of course that is correct. However, we are told not to continue to sin, so shouldn’t we learn even more about good and evil, so that we will not sin?
That seemed like an oxymoron to me and I knew there are no contradictory terms in Scripture, so I knew that I had more to learn about this.
Lately God has made the two most important commandments and therefore all of the law clear to me. Now I realize that I do not have to commit to memory the Ten Commandments, because if I obey the second greatest commandment, I will automatically obey the law; in all circumstances. For example, I will not kill anyone, because I do not want anyone to kill me. It is a guide line for how I should treat anyone; in all circumstances: even in those that are not specifically listed. Learning more rules, about the basic rule, only serves to confuse us.
Let me give you an example. If I tell someone about God and Jesus Christ and they do not want to hear it, and yet I continue to tell them, then I am not obeying the second greatest commandment. If I did not want to hear someone tell me about their god and they continued I would be offended and they would be violating the law, just as I would, under the same circumstances.
I know that I am right, because God does not force anyone to listen about Him or Jesus. The law, the second of the greatest commandments, is the way of God and it is right.
If we tell our neighbor that they are doing something wrong, they will just get mad at us and attempt to justify their actions. It only serves to vindicate their actions in their own minds
All of this has led me to the understanding that it is not necessary to know good and evil! If I obey the second greatest commandment I will fulfill the law and therefore I will not sin. Actually, knowing the difference between good and evil only tempts me to judge others!
What others do is none of my business. I do not know their circumstances, so I cannot judge whether they are doing right or wrong. I might do the same as them, under the same circumstances.
Anyway, at the risk of repeating myself, it is only necessary to obey the greatest commandments: it is not necessary to understand good and evil.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. (Mat 22:37&28) (Because that is how He loves us.)
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Even if your neighbor is not doing right at the time, because God loves that neighbor and will not condemn him for what he has, or is, doing, until the proper time.) Perhaps that neighbor will not be condemned, just as we will not be condemned!
Isn’t our Father the most wonderful being in the whole universe? His ways are so basic and simple that it is not possible to understand them if He does not explain them to us.