Is the God of the Bible “Anti-Intellectual?” #1

Sunday, November 6, 2022

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16,17 KJV).

Is the God of Scripture “anti-intellectual?”

The context of today’s Scripture: “[7] And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. [8] And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. [9] And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” In today’s Scripture, the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was not to be eaten.

One vicious opponent of Christianity voiced his position thusly. Since the LORD God had forbidden Adam and Eve to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, He must therefore be “anti-knowledge.” This bygone critic rejected the Bible entirely and vehemently detested Christianity because, as he viewed it, the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible advocates ignorance. (Interestingly, this celebrity’s attitude reinforced Bible ignorance in those he affected and hid Bible knowledge from those he influenced!)

As always, we must have a pure view of Scripture, instead of seeing it (distorted) through the lenses of denominational eyeglasses. The above individual was raised in a theological system that quotes the Bible only when verses support the church’s beliefs. Otherwise, that “church” is hostile toward the Scriptures—ignoring and/or ridiculing passages that do not prove useful to advancing that cult’s agenda. If the Holy Bible ever gets a fair hearing (a rarity!), much of what it is presumed/assumed/thought to teach is demonstrated to be false. However, as long as we keep the Scriptures divorced from the Holy Spirit’s teaching ministry, our willful blindness and abysmal confusion will become a campaign of aggression.

Let us study and learn why the forbidden fruit was forbidden….