Note added by the narrator 13 March 2013.
Note by the narrator 13 March 2013.
In writing this I was still under the belief that the Satan planted the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in Eden. However, during a rereading of the scripture, I saw that God has planted all the trees in Eden - and therefore also this one. It then dawned on me that the scripture which I have quoted refers to the seduction and deception which the Satan plants in our hearts and which leads onto sin and death, and not the Tree of Death.
On reflection I realised that the Tree of Death which God planted was indeed the symbol and opportunity of free will. If there was only one tree to choose from - the Tree of Life - then we would have had no choices, and therefore the free will which God has given us would have been useless to us. If there is only one dish on the menu, what use is an appetite for?
I am sorry for this incorrect previous interpretation, and I hope that I have given you a new perspective on free will, which of course immediately destroys all the ideas of determinism.