The Internet – Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?
The World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) urges members to stay away from the Internet because “the Internet is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Members believe that if they view critical information about the WMSCOG online, they will “fall away” or “lose their salvation.” This is an obvious attempt by a cult to control the information that the member is allowed to read about he group.
Does this belief have a basis in the Bible?
Let’s take a look at where the tree of knowledge of good and evil is described in the bible:
In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
It looks like the tree of knowledge of good and evil is in the Garden of Eden along with the tree of life. Genesis also tells us that Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden for eating from it:
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.
Did Adam And Eve Have Access to the Internet?
Well, the Bible tells us that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is in the Garden of Eden. How can the Internet be the tree of the knowledge of good and evil if that tree existed in the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve ate from it? Did they eat from the Internet? Obviously, they did not. Adam and Eve did not have an Internet connection in the Garden of Eden.
The WMSCOG Has Fruit on this Tree
If what the WMSCOG says is true, then why does the WMSCOG have fruit on this tree? They have a number of official web sites, YouTube videos, press releases and their followers spend a lot of time posting comments here and on other blogs. For the Internet being a bad place, the WMSCOG members dedicate a great amount of time and energy on it.