The YEC Tree of Life

The YEC Tree of Life December 6, 2013

Tyler Francke has created another meme image. This one highlights the fact that young-earth creationists say there was no death in God’s original creation, prior to Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. Yet there was supposedly a tree of life eating from which would allow humans to live forever. And there was no need for such a tree in a world in which death did not exist.

Young-earth creationists don’t just ignore and distort science. They treat what the Bible actually says every bit as badly. And they certainly don’t care about its literal meaning, except when it suits them to do so.

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  • TomS

    I would only express it a little bit stronger. Rather than there being no need for a “Tree of Life”, there would be no function: nothing would change upon its use. Unless, of course, there were some unmentioned additional functions that it performed. Or, maybe its fruit was available for providing immortality to other living things, only being forbidden to humans. (Who had immortality by some other means, and it would be a sign of distrust by humans to go for additional means. I have to stop doing this: I’m beginning to think that it is impossible to write a narrative which is incapable of being interpreted to fit any preconceived ideas. )

    • Go_4_tli

      … Except that young-Earth creationism teaches that there was no death *anywhere* in the animal kingdom prior to human sin. There would be no need to give something to animals to make them live forever, either.

  • David Evans

    I suppose one could argue that Genesis 3.3:

    3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

    means that by eating from that tree, Adam and Eve had lost their immortality. If they had done so accidentally, God could have directed them to the tree of life which he had thoughtfully provided for just such an event. But since they had done so sinfully, he didn’t.

  • dangjin1

    God placed the tree of life there so he had a purpose for its existence. We know little about it and only came into importance AFTER Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

    No one knows why God placed that tree there thus you cannot use it to bash YEC people. It has no part in the creative act nor does it influence what God did when and how he created.

    Your desperation is growing as you see how wrong you really are.

    • Ian

      Because…..reasons! Therefore you’re wrong!

      Ah, the brilliant logic of the YEC.

  • guest

    It’s a holdover from an older mythology. There are many other myths where the Gods eat a special food which is the source of their power- ambrosia in Greek Myth, the peaches of Immortality in China, Soma in Hinduism, the golden apples in Norse mythology. Makes sense- humans need food to live…better food = longer life, obviously. You can see the same logic at work in the alternative health market with all those supplements and new miracle foods.

    How strange that people take a fairy tale literally.

  • newenglandsun

    I was thrown off a bit by the caption at first.