Eve’s motives are open to debate because no one in reality knows all of her motives in eating of the forbidden fruit. Clearly and as you suggest, Eve’s decision was not sensual, yet if we must resort to the Bible’s account, the fruit became appealing to her only after she “saw” what it did to the serpent after he the serpent ate the fruit as demonstration of validity of his questioning of God’s commands. Eve then ate the fruit because as you rightly suggest it appealed to her physical sense— sight — as opposed to her spiritual senses. I do not agree with all of your response. I think, however, we agree in principle more than we disagree.

What I really am questioning in my initial response is the assumption that obeying a command is equivalent to abdication of thought or wisdom. A command can be wisdom in the sense that it is rooted in knowledge of what always is best. What always is best is not subject to experimentation. The answer always is the same. When a child is advised not to put his or her hand in the fire (stove, fireplace etc.), the command is out of love, rooted in knowledge of what is best for the child; knowledge of the fact that fire always inflicts a burn on the hand. There never is any other outcome than a burnt hand when a hand is placed in the fire. It is the case then that the command not to eat of the tree was rooted in wisdom and love of God as opposed to any desire to control Adam or Eve. Eve of course doubted this wisdom and love, as such trusted her eyes, and well we know the rest.

There is a tendency in current times, particularly among younger people to resent commands. But as I already have illustrated in my prior comment, commands do not necessarily imply abdication of thought or wisdom. Rather, commands can embed in themselves wisdom already acquired that is eternal in its understanding and ramifications.

In so far as commands are concerned, what is important is determination of motives behind commands, and extent to which commands reflect principles that are eternal (principles that work the same at every point in time) in their ramifications. When commands pass litmus tests, obedience to commands is demonstration of wisdom which endures for all time.

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