The Tree Planted to Deceive Mankind

Many people ask why would God plant a tree or a vine in the garden of Eden that would be Adam and Eve’s downfall and deceive mankind. The simple answer is, God did not plant the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 

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The tree planted to deceive mankind is first spoken of in Genesis 3:1-24.

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15  I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”

17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18  thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19  By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.7 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.

Many people ask why would God plant a tree or a vine in the garden of Eden that would be Adam and Eve’s downfall. The simple answer is, God did not plant the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Further information about the tree is spoken of in the Hebrew text of 3 Baruch 4:8-9,

… And I said, I pray thee show me which is the tree which led Adam astray. ” It is the vine, which the angel Sammael (a fallen angel) planted, whereat the Lord God was angry, and He cursed him and his plant, while also on this account He did not permit Adam to touch it, and therefore the devil being envious deceived him through his vine.”

The devil is envious of Adam. He was supposed to serve Adam who is the image of God. But Satan and the fallen angels wanted man to serve them.

Why use texts outside the Bible?

The traditional spiritual leaders in high places have these additional Hebrew texts that they keep hidden away behind locked doors. They keep the information away from us because an ignorant population is easier to deceive. Look at the condition of the world today. Many people have fallen away from worshiping the true God and others worship Satan out of ignorance thinking that they are worshiping the true God

The fallen ones have thrown us a rope they historically and are now using to hang us with.

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil account describes the promise that the tree would make man like God knowing good and evil. It is true that there is good that can come from knowledge. But, since the knowledge came from the fallen ones there is evil that comes upon mankind from the use of it. Has knowledge and technology without The Most High’s direction made things better? People are more sick, both spiritually and physically, than ever and the earth is being destroyed. This is the reason The Most High God warned Adam to stay away from the tree.

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Below is a radio program that will speak about the tree of knowledge of good and evil among other things.


Iris J Chapman is a researcher, lifetime Bible reader and blogger.

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