I’m only saying that the fruit would have been/was beneficial to him in his original sinless nature, but would not have been to his benefit after his sin. After his sin it was for his greater good to be prevented from eating it.
my O .P ,I also indicated that he should have tried its fruit earlier (before sinning) Had he done so he would not have been adversely effected by his act of eating the fruit of the first tree .Also that after sinnig the fruit will have only an detrimental effect.
In my O .P ,I also indicated that he should have tried its fruit earlier (before sinning) .But for some unknown reason he did not.
I don’t know whether or not he ate from the tree before he sinned. Scripture doesn’t tell us. Neither does it tell us how often it was meant to be eaten in the sinless state.
To my knowledge, there is no definitive Church teaching on those aspects of the Tree of Life. Most commentary on the Tree of Life that I’ve read focuses on it as a prefigurement
- of Jesus - His death for our salvation on a tree (cross) and
- of the Eucharist.
And the two are sort of tied together.
Jesus in the Eucharist is the fruit of the New Testament “tree of life” that is to be eaten. We do not consume Him only once, but many times. He is a source of eternal life in us (John 6:51),provided we are not in a state of mortal sin. To consume the Eucharist when we are in a mortally sinful state results in further condemnation.
May be that he was not aware of its benefits. God also for some unknown reasons did not tell him about this evenwhile telling him about the harmful effect of the first tree . The fool Adam also did not appear to have enquired with God about the nearby tree(both trees being in the centre of Eden would have been very much noticeable ) .But then who are we to know God’s ways? We know only what he chooses us to understand.
Perhaps there was as yet no fruit on the tree - perhaps God desired Adam to undergo the test before it was the season for the Tree of Life to bear its fruit!
When I read Scripture, I start on the VERY FIRM foundation that God is good, loves us, and whatever He does is for the good of those involved. So, when there is something that seems to contradict those truths, I just start talking to God and asking Him “why would that be good for him/her/us”. Or “why would that be harmful for us”? etc. Searching to understand the goodness and love for us behind God’s decree.