“And the Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.’ So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:22-24) Whether this is symbolic or specific reality, it reveals indisputable absolutes. Humans know good and evil, instinctively we know murder, rape, genocide are wrong. We know the world in which we live is not the Garden of Eden, but filled with weeds, pests, and disease. There is no way to return to the Garden, though many have looked for access, such as the Fountain of youth, Xanadu, or man-made utopia. Was the Garden perfect? Was it Utopia? Why was it necessary for human’s to be expelled and excluded?
The answers are interrelated, because the Garden was perfect, so fallen mankind would have destroyed the Garden and himself. It was not a Utopia because that is a human mental construction, impossible and Hellish, if actually created by man, as history has shown in every attempt. The knowledge of distinguishing between good and evil without the power and wisdom to act upon that knowledge yields sin which leads to death. (James 1:15) An eternal man of sin would be a rotting Zombie corpse corrupting all around.
God has put a knowledge or piece of eternity within Mankind (Eccles. 3:11). This is how we know, as the song “Woodstock” suggests, “We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves, back to the garden.” Though we sense our eternal element, it is impossible to get ourselves back to the Garden. Humanists reject God and replaced Him with an idol of Mankind – themselves or more accurately a hegemony of secular tyrants. Mankind was made to have intimate relationship with God. Moreover, we are designed for purpose and that fulfilled in the presence of God, as man and God once walked together in the Garden. Ever since man’s exile, God has been revealing His remedy for sin and death with the central act being the sacrifice of His one and only Son, Yeshua Messiah, (Jesus’ Hebrew name). (John 3:16-18) Since then, the Kingdom of God has been taking shape upon earth with born again Believers of every generation forming a temple where God’s Holy Spirit dwells. The worldwide Congregation of Believers are not in brick and stone buildings or led by men or corporate organizations, but by God’s Holy Spirit. This Kingdom of Yeshua Messiah is growing and infiltrating every nation and land by God’s power and word, and it cannot be stopped or thwarted by the enemy. When prophecy is fulfilled Yeshua will return, defeat the enemy and rule His Kingdom on earth, then unite all with God in Heaven. (1 Cor. 15:25-28)