Notes on pp. 54-65 of the Divine Principle:
“If the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was not a material fruit, then it must be a symbol which represents something else.” (Divine Principle, p. 54)
Reasons the Fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is a Symbol
- Matthew 15:11 – Jesus refuted the idea that a literal fruit caused the fall.
- Scientific proof shows that your eating does not change DNA within cells: our genetic attributes, especially original sin, is not something caused by a food good: lineage is not determined by the fruit that we eat.
- Adam and Eve had everything in the Garden of Eden. They wouldn’t have risked their lives for a bite of an apple. “Rather, it must have been something so extraordinarily stimulating that even the fear of death did not deter them from grasping it.” (Divine Principle, p. 54)
- God has compassion and cares for humankind. He is not evil.
The fact that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is a symbol is very clear. Then as the two trees stand together in the Garden of Eden, the Tree of Life must also be a symbol and True Father wants us to understand the meaning of them both.
The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.Genesis 2:9
“What was the hope of Adam during the time he was immature and growing toward perfection? He must have hoped to become a man who would realize God’s ideal of creation by growing to perfection without falling. The tree of life in fact symbolizes a man who has fully realized the ideal of creation. Perfected Adam was to be this ideal man. The tree of life thus symbolizes perfected Adam.” (Divine Principle, p. 55)
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
“But Adam fell, and God blocked his path to the tree with a flaming sword. Ever since, despite the best efforts of fallen people to restore the ideal of creation, the tree of life has remained an unattainable dream.” (Divine Principle, p. 55)
The conclusion is that the trees – the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil – represented a man and woman who fully realized the ideal of creation.
Satan is a fallen angel. He is eternally existent but he had been condemned by God to be a serpent. His illusion over people of their greatness in evil is actually so that he can use them to his benefit as a spiritual being who decided to be God himself.
Lucifer is beset by “eternal fire” this means that his crimes continue forever to break him down although he is meant to be the angel of the most high God.
2 Peter 2:4
God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of nether gloom. (Divine Principle p. 58) Also view Jude 6-7
Exposition of the Divine Principle. Canonized by Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon. HSA-UWC. 4 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036. 1996.
The Holy Bible. New International Version, NIV. Colorado: Biblica Inc., 2011. Print.