And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:2-5
The serpent was right. Their eyes would be opened, and they would be like God, except for that whole disobedience thing. To the innocent humans, the serpent was pitching knowledge, and being like God. I mean, it wasn’t the Tree of Evil, it was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good…and evil. You could even call it the Tree of Compromise.
As long as I can remember, experiencing evil has made you worldly-wise and more grown-up. What teenager hasn’t said, “I don’t care what mom says. I wanna make my own mistakes!” Or, “Dad hasn’t smoked dope or snorted cocaine. What does he know?”
Even in the church, we turn a blind eye to evil. We have totally rejected the ministry of the prophet because hes, “harsh and judgmental.” You can be too good, but you can never be too evil. This is because the knowledge of evil is so corrosive that it eventually corrupts the good. And it’s the reason God will exclude all of it from heaven.