So I’m going round in circles with this one.
I want to back up a bit first, to the question of the origin of Evil.
The Catholic teaching as I understand it, seems to say that evil became a ontological phenomenon when Lucifer chose ‘not-God’. I say ‘not-God’ rather than evil, because evil was the manifest result of choosing not-God it didn’t exist in reality proper, only in potential. We don’t know why Lucifer would have chosen to reject God, seeing as an angels intellect is far superior to ours, Lucifer must have known how futile it was to reject God, yet did it anyway.
I am happy in my own self to simply agree here that, evil was not something God created, and is essentially a Mystery that we cannot comprehend. The Mystery being essentially, why or how could an perfect angel created by God reject him?
We can’t say he was created imperfectly, because then God would be at fault, nor can we say there was some potential for evil in Lucifer, because evil did not exist yet. So how did it happen that Lucifer chose to reject God?
But lets leave that aside for a moment.
I just don’t get the Garden story.
Simply put, if Adam and Eve had not yet knowledge of evil, how did they know what death was? Death is the result of sin, which is the choice to do evil no?
‘You shall surely die’.
But God what is death?
Death is the result of sin.
What is sin God?
Sin is to choice to do evil.
What is evil God?
You don’t know yet because you haven’t eaten the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
If they had no knowledge of evil, surely they had no idea who and what it was that was speaking to Eve (evil) - and therefore would be blameless for following Satan’s instructions.
They didn’t know what they were about to do was evil surely, since they had no knowledge of such a thing?
Apparently they had no knowledge of Good either, which is very confusing, wouldn’t it be the same as saying they had no knowledge of God? The very one who was speaking to them.
What kind of understanding, knowledge, or vision did they have in fact?