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The Cross is the Tree of Life

In the Baltimore Catechism we are asked, “Why did God make you?” The answer is “…to know Him, love Him and serve Him in this life and to be happy with Him forever in Heaven.” However, in order to love, one has to be free not to love. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were to show their love for their Creator by not eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. But Satan tempted them to “be like God” and they ate, meaning they wanted themselves, not God, to be the ones who determined what was good and what was evil. The enormity of this offense against God’s love was such that its consequences went beyond the worst natural disasters imaginable. The Fall altered the natures of plants

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