We tried to retell this wonderful story from the Hebrew Scriptures on Sunday, and had a great discussion about it afterward. People seemed to focus in on the issue of contentment. About our tendency to want more, and to keep searching for new knowledge and experience.
I hadn’t thought too much about these tendencies until Sunday, but it has definitely been rattling around in my head since then. It does seem to me that our yearnings for more are part of our God-given nature. After all, Adam is almost immediately wanting for companionship, even though he has all of the animals– and even God himself! And God not only endorses his search, but He instigates it, and fulfills Adam’s longing with the lovely Eve. So this longing for more is a very good thing. On the other hand, the wanting/searching wreaks havoc at the Tree. The power of choice is demonstrated as Adam and Eve bite the apple and all of creation is eternally affected.
I guess my question is, if God has given us this searching tendency, is it worth it? Do the choices which we make for good justify the choices which we make for bad?