Have you ever wondered exactly what knowledge God gave Adam when He gave him dominion over the earth? According to Genesis 1:26-28, God gave man authority over the entire earth, with instructions to subjugate it [putting it under his power] and to rule over all the creatures He had created. Man also had dominion over the vegetation, plants, and seed-bearing trees; and over the birds, the fish, the cattle, and all the animals on the earth and under the sea -- over everything that had the breath of life. That's a lot to have control over!
The Bible doesn't give us much more information about the knowledge God gave Adam, but you have to wonder if he didn't receive knowledge such as how the heavenly bodies moved, which would have been invaluable in understanding seasons, and when to plant, and when to harvest the vegetation God had created. Also God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, so would He have given them some rudimentary knowledge on procreation; how much He would value the children they would create; how to build the model for a civil society; and how to educate the growing population about His expectations for the earth to imitate Heaven?
Remember, this is before man's Fall, so there is no illness nor disease; so no need for medicines. Mankind would not need a justice system because there is no crime. There is no want of anything; God has provided it all and man lives in abundance and obedience. But, oh, there's that tempting Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the middle of the Garden. And the fallen angel, Lucifer, is present in the Garden as what our English interpretation says is a "serpent". The Hebrew word is nachash, meaning "the shining one". The verb "nachash" denotes "to enchant, fascinate, bewitch; or of one having and using occult knowledge". One of the meanings of the word occult is "hidden".
There is so much that is unspoken in the Bible, and there will be those who will tell me that I am wrong to want to know more than what is revealed. But Proverbs 25:2 says that it is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the glory of kings to search it out. I believe my God delights in my desire to know more of Him. Again, I can hear the voices telling me that His thoughts are higher than mine, and please know that I am not trying to make myself equal to my Creator, but to know how to serve Him better. And if He is waiting [and wanting] me to "search out a matter" to further glorify Him, then I want to be obedient. Finally, whenever I am tempted to give in to a religious spirit that would limit my search, I hear His voice saying, "My people perish for lack of knowledge".
So, back to my original question in the title of this blog. For thousands of years, man has had access to the Knowledge of Good and Evil. And it seems like the knowledge of Evil is accelerating in our lifetime. So how did we get hear? I'm afraid I have more questions than answers. I know that God created the angels before He created the physical universe, because the angels are worshiping Him as He created the world (Job 38:4-7). And we know Lucifer was a high-ranking angel before he became Satan and was kicked out of Heaven and fell to earth. So, how much knowledge did he have about how God intended the universe to work, and everything in it?
We know that Satan tempted Adam and Eve to follow in his rebellious footsteps and go against God's command to never eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. So once they were banished from the Garden, and mankind began to populate the earth, did Satan and his cabal of fallen angels begin sharing the "hidden" and "secret" knowledge of God; the sacred knowledge of Heaven that man (in his fallen state) was incapable of being trusted with? And what about the inventions of man that we cannot conceive as being knowledge from Heaven? Inventions such as weapons of war and instruments of killing; enchantments and the majik arts; astrology and the secrets of the zodiac signs; pharmakeia; new religions that led to the worship of idols who demanded the sacrifice of their children? Is it possible that the Fallen Angels shared that knowledge, as the extra-Biblical Book of Enoch suggests?
Where did Nikolai Tesla learn his "other-world views" [as he called them] that the Light of the Universe revealed that man once had real and visible wings and that he wanted to awaken the Energy of the Universe and figure out how it could influence people. Consider this excerpt from an 1899 interview he gave from his laboratory in Colorado Springs: "Life is a rhythm that must be comprehended. I feel the rhythm, and
direct on it, and pamper in it. It was very grateful and gave me the
knowledge I have." (He speaks of "It" as if it was a person or entity!)
"Knowledge comes from space; our vision is its most perfect set. We
have two eyes: the earthly and spiritual. It is recommended that it
become one eye. The Universe is alive in all its manifestations, like a
thinking animal." Sounds "other worldly" for sure, like it's coming from the second heaven, not the third, where God sits.
Fast forward through the atomic age and then the nuclear age, as today, mankind is threatened with a catastrophic war that could destroy the earth as we know it. That knowledge comes from the Knowledge of Evil. And then there's the interesting development that we have arrived at a place in history where man has developed the knowledge of transhumanism, which is a a philosophy favoring the use of science and technology, especially neurotechnology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology, to overcome human limitations and improve the human condition. Do you think that was part of God's plan for mankind when He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden? Seems to me that the human condition was pretty darn perfect when they walked in the image of God! They had everything they needed and there are no indications in Scripture that they experienced limitations.
If they had resisted Satan's temptation, they [and we] would have only possessed knowledge of the goodness of God. But from that earliest moment in the Garden, down through the centuries, and up to this very day, Satan has managed to lure mankind through his inherent selfishness and
arrogance. Just as then, we are being tempted to believe we can be
greater than God, and we don't need His saving Grace. But God has shown His patience and mercy with man, delivering us from the knowledge of evil that is intended to destroy us. The question is
this ... Will God rescue mankind once again? Or do we find ourselves in the midst of the last
rejection and rebellion that God will allow? You all know the time
in the Bible when God's original creation of man was corrupted, and it
resulted in The Flood. How arrogant of men to challenge God's knowledge of Good again! We are filling up His cup of wrath!
I believe we were never meant to possess all the knowledge of God. And I don't know what the world would be like today if our ancestors had been obedient and let God teach them what they needed to know to make earth look like Heaven. My thoughts on this subject are my own, and I do not need God to answer my questions. But I do need to repent on behalf of anytime I [or any man or woman] have sought to supercede His Divine Knowledge with our own inferior understanding. May we all become people of the Word, having "an intelligent heart [that] acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise [that] seeks knowledge". And being wise, let us increase in learning God's Knowledge of Good, and as we grow in understanding it, let us obtain His guidance in making earth look like Heaven. Then we can tell future generations how we got there!
Ephesians 1:17 [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son].
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