I love to revisit the story of creation in Genesis chapters 1 and 2. Envisioning God’s fresh creation delights my heart. Genesis 1:31 reads, God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. The creator stepped back, looked over what he had made, and concluded, “It was very good.”
Today as I continue to be awed by what God created, I see elements that were not there at the beginning. Death and decay are at work in the creation. What God created that was “very good” has now deteriorated. Good now has a counterpart, evil. How did evil get into God’s creation?
When the first man and woman walked the earth only good existed. They had no special awareness of good because it was the default of their world. There was no contrast to good. In the garden, where God put them, was a tree with the knowledge of good and its contrast evil. God warned them not to indulge in this knowledge for it brought with it death. They chose not to heed God’s warning.
Why is our world filled with death and decay? The answer is obvious. We had to know about good and evil. Well, now we know. I think we could have gone without knowing. So in hindsight, when God says not to do something, we probably shouldn’t.