winner08 asked this question in another thread: http://www.interfaith.org/forum/did-god-know-eve-would-9656.html "Did God know Eve would eat from the tree of good and evil??" Winner's post was as follows: "Did God know Eve would disobey HIM and eat from the tree of good and evil? and if not why would God put the tree of good and evil right smack in the middle of the garden??" --> I thought it would be good to have a separate thread, to consider answers that not of the 'approved' Abrahamic type. First of all, I want to thank Winner for asking such a provocotive question. I think there are a lot of people who either take Genesis at face value and believe it point-blank, or dismiss it out of hand as nothing but mumbo-jumbo. But I think there is real meaning in Genesis that has become confused over the passage of many, many centuries. For those who are interested, I would like to begin a discussion of a totally different interpretation of Genesis. Winner is right to ask such questions. Genesis, as it stands, just does not make sense to me. In order to really get to the bottom of the story, even more difficult questions need to be asked. No stereo-type should be held up when critically reading Genesis, and no part of it should be condered holy and unquestionable as it stands today. Winner, consider this: Is it possible that the part of God getting angry is wrong? Is it possible that Eve was supposed to eat the apple? How about the idea that it was natural and positive progress in both Adam and Eve's spiritual evolution that they eat the apple?