Be simple – what if the apple was just an apple?

Gen 3:2-7   Adam sins – eating fruit often depicted in popular literature as an apple.

“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

Throughout my life (even though recently less and less so) I’ve been full of technical and spiritual knowledge – able by means of that knowledge to make accurate predictions in both arenas:  predictions, as it turns out – of what OTHERS would achieve.  

A couple of days ago I listened to a talk that affected me significantly.  In this talk, a very successful preacher made the comment that some things that helped him are not spiritual at all – they are just natural things that would help anybody.  Gems of wisdom don’t necessarily have a spiritual source, nor do they necessarily have a spiritual purpose.  They are just “common sense”.

I have always tried to find a deeper meaning for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

But what if the “apple” was just an apple ?

What if the issue was just as simple as obedience versus disobedience?  What if the knowledge of good and evil referred to in the Scripture was simply acquired through disobedience ?

God says, “Do A, don’t do B”.  Why does he say that?  Because doing A leads to the knowledge of good, and doing B leads to the knowledge of bad.  Obey, and you get to know (experience) good.  Disobey and you get to know (experience) bad.  What if the temptation was to consider all knowledge (experience) as equally beneficial – supposedly making you like God who “knows” all things, both good and bad?

Success in life comes not so much as a result of the knowledge you acquire, but about the “common sense” you use in stewarding (developing a way of making it useful) and distributing what you have, so that it is able to deliver value to people.  The real genius of people like Elon Musk and Bill Gates is in cracking the secret of “how to be a genius, without being a genius”.  In other words, how to acquire knowledge and not be imprisoned within a need to do everything by means of that knowledge.  Some things just work, and you don’t know why.  Why does Rafa’s arrangement of his bottles help him to win grand slams?  Oh, I’m not saying that there isn’t a reason.  Indeed, I’m not saying that there isn’t a PhD waiting for someone who finds out the reason why this works.  What I’m saying is that refusing to win grand slams UNTIL you find out why this works, is the work of someone who is worse than simply a crackpot – it is the work of someone who is wasteful of their God given talent. 

There is a certain simplicity that is essential to success in life.  That’s why the book I’m writing is called Simple Christianity.

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