The Bible begins with the Old Testament where mankind fell by eating something from a tree.

The Bible ends with the New Testament where mankind is saved by eating something from a tree.

 

Let me explain, this concept of eating something from a tree and never dying is a biblical reference to the cross and the Eucharist.  Peter says in Acts 5:30 that “The God of our ancestors raised Jesus, though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.”  The cross, then, becomes the New Testament tree of life, because the great sacrifice of Jesus on that tree leads to eternal life for us all.  In Matthew 26:26-28, Jesus gave us the Eucharist, or Himself, to eat of, so that we will never die which counteracts Satan, who roams throughout the world seeking someone to devour.  Therefore, the Eucharist is the fruit of the tree known as the cross.  This is a kind of “a beginning and end theology,” where mankind in the New Testament is saved by the exact same method as mankind fell in the Old Testament – by eating something from a tree.

 

What are your thoughts?  Please comment below.

5 thoughts on “Old Testament and New Testament

  1. I have a question. Do you believe that there will be a literal “tree of life” in heaven? If there is, why is there? Those who gain the reward of heaven are saved eternally. Why would they need to eat again of a tree of life? If we eat of a “tree of life” here during this life, when we partake of the Lord’s supper, why would we still need to eat of such a tree in heaven?

    1. Thanks Jim so much for your comment on this post.
      My point on this post was just to show how funny it is that the OT begins with a story about a tree and how Adam and Eve ate from this tree. This makes the beginning of the Bible.
      In the NT we have another story about a tree and eating the fruit of that tree. In this scene I am talking about how we are to partake in the body and blood of Jesus.
      I didn’t mean for it to sound as if there was another “tree of life” in heaven.
      I am not sure if everyone sees the analogy here of the two trees and the two fruits of the trees. I like the story or analogy and thought I would throw it out there. It is 100% Catholic in it’s teaching. My goal with this website is to remain truthful about the Catholic Church and not write anything that is untrue or may misguide someone about the teachings of the Catholic Church. This story represents what the Catholic Church teaches.
      Thanks so much Jim, it is always a pleasure.

  2. I do see your analogy, and I’m sure that others do also. I was just asking how you felt about the verse concerning the tree of life in heaven. I view that one as figurative. I think that picturing the tree of life in heaven, is a depiction of the fact that our spiritual life in heaven is eternal, and that nothing can ever change that. Thinking again about the tree of life n the garden of Eden, Do Catholics teach that Adam was created immortal, but then lost his immortality when he ate of the forbidden fruit? Or do they teach and believe that Adam was born mortal, just like all human beings, and that’s why there was a tree of life available in the garden.

    1. Thanks Jim,
      Here is the official teaching of the Catholic Church:

      That Adam and Eve were created in an original state of holiness, justice, and immortality.

      That a Divine Command was laid upon man to prove his obedience to God [“Thou shalt not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”? Again, exactly what that means, we don’t know. Was it really a tree with fruit that they weren’t supposed to eat? Probably not, but we don’t really know. We do know that there was some command from God, laid upon man, to prove his obedience.]

      The transgression of that Divine Command at the instigation of Satan.

      The loss of the state of holiness, justice, and immortality of our 1st parents, because of their disobedience – Adam and Eve were kicked out of Paradise.

      The promise of a future Redeemer, a Savior – Gen 3:15, the protoevangelium, the first “good news.”

      There is the truth the way Jesus had intended it to be. The lion has been let out.
      Now Jim, what about your church, what does it teach?

      1. Thanks Bob. I agree with everything you said, except for one thing. I don’t believe that Adam and Eve were created physically immortal. They were certainly created in a state of sinlessness (holiness, as you call it), but the scriptures do not give me any indication that they were created physically immortal. But rather, the scriptures give me every reason to believe that they were created as mortal human beings, just like we are. I agree with you about the questionable nature of the trees, both the tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Were they literal physical trees? Or is the something figurative to the story? We can’t be 100% sure.
        But the idea of having a “tree of life” available to them from the beginning, wouldn’t make any sense if they were already immortal. We already know that they were created with spiritual life in themselves, so a tree of life giving spiritual life, would make no sense. And if they were created immortal physically also, then a tree of life giving physical life wouldn’t make any sense either.
        And then of course there’s the verse in Gen 3:22; “..lest he stretch out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever..”

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