I actually had a very similar opinion my whole life… for far too many years, I thought there was only one tree, and that God was just a really mean dad.

Transforming Grace

It’s been a while since I wrote anything on the Garden of Eden. We have several children’s bibles which I read to my boys at bedtime. Every one of these picture bibles begins with creation and makes the same mistake, mentioning only one tree in the Garden, focusing only on God’s prohibition, “do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or you will die”. Each time we begin to read a new bible my boys get the same wrong impression that Eve had of God; that he is a miserly, restrictive, severe school master sort of God.

Here’s some examples:

The Christian Focus Story Bible (Christian Focus)

“God told Adam that he was not to eat from the knowledge of good and evil. But Satan tempted Eve.”

First Bible Stories (Marks & Spencer)

“In the centre of the garden grew a special tree. It…

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