After creating man, God graciously provided all the trees of the garden for food. However, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was prohibited. God said, “for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 3:17). The fruit was not poison. The tree offered man a choice to obey God or disobey him. This free will stemmed from God’s perfect love. Love cannot be demanded, forced, or coerced. Man is not artificially programmed. Love calls for a choice.
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