Which came first, knowledge or conscience? Many think conscience which they attribute to being Gods method of etching an awareness of His truth in us. From God’s truth we develop our sense of right verses wrong and the difference between good and evil.
Others say knowledge, and that knowledge becomes our truth. Which is instilled in us through various institutions, outside of God. Institutions like our federal and state governments. Which fosters the kind of knowledge, that conforms to their concepts of knowledge which becomes societies truth. Even if it violates God’s edicts or truth. Thus, their truth becomes the conscience of society at large. Which becomes the bases for morality, or a sense of good and evil.
Which some of the former argue denies God of His majesty, as the creator. And compounds the dark side of human nature because they deny the literal installation of the God conscientiousness at birth. Anchoring their argument in Genesis 2:7, which reads, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” Endowing this man with the freedom to choose and decide for himself. Thus from the shell of nothingness man became a conscience being. In verse 8, God placed this conscience breathing man in a place called Eden.
There the LORD God, from the ground of the earth made to grow every tree that was pleasant to the sightÂ and good for food, verse 9. In that same verse, we learn that the LORD God created what he called the, the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
With specific instructions, dress, or work the land to keep it productive, verse 15. And as the tress bring forth food, man was encouraged to freely eat, verse 16. Except for one tree, the tree of knowledge of good and evil of that tree eat not, because if you do you will die, verses 16-17.
And from there with such simplicity, we have enshrinement of the human condition. A condition of misery and suffering brought upon humanity from what we all want most, free will. Captured with 28 words from Genesis 2:17.