There are many people who wander through life trying to understand purpose. With all of the noise that the world makes, it can be difficult to discern and understand what the purpose of life is. It is to a point now that there have been many world views that suggest life has no purpose, leaving people more confused and making decisions that are destructive. Thankfully the Living God spoke His Word to His creation in order to explain what His will is and thus explain the meaning and purpose of life.
In Genesis 2:15-21 the Bible explains that after God created Adam, He placed Adam in the Garden of Eden. God did not permit Adam to wander around aimlessly in confusion with the difficult task of figuring things out for himself. Instead, God demonstrated that He had purpose when He created Adam because God placed him in a specific part of the huge planet He created. Genesis 2:15-21 explains that God's motives were good. It was not just that God placed Adam in some random part of the world, but that He placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, which translates "Garden of Pleasure." God's desire was to bless His creation. God's desire was to allow His creation to enjoy the fruit and benefits of His creation. God's desire was that Adam live a good life forever, and that so long as Adam lived according to God's standards there would be pleasure because when God created everything it was "good" by His perfect standards. Genesis 2:15-21 also explains that God provided an abundance of food for Adam.
As Adam was placed in the Garden, God told Adam that he was free to eat from any tree in the Garden - with the exception of one tree. God had provided an abundance of good things for Adam to enjoy. Yet God required obedience in order for His goodness to be fully experienced. Genesis 2:15-21 reveals that God plainly told Adam that he was not allowed to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, otherwise he would die. There is much to be learned here about God. First, in order to receive the benefits of God's blessings, faith and obedience are required. Adam had to trust that God's Word was true and that eating from the forbidden tree would bring real consequence. Second, Adam had to obey the command and not eat the fruit off of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Three, the Bible explains that God desired a certain amount of ignorance for His creation. It was not that God wanted to keep mankind dumb. It is not that God desired to keep knowledge from people. The Bible reveals that it is a certain type of knowledge that God wants to keep people from.
Consider that the tree was called the "tree of knowledge of 'good and evil.'" Keeping this phrase in context with Genesis chapter 1, one must understand that the knowledge of what God considered "good" was already available. Since God's creation was already declared by God to be "good," then mankind would have been able to examine the workings and marvels of God's creation and thereby learn what "good" is. It is evil that God wants to keep His creation ignorant of. God does not desire His children to know about evil. In Romans 16:19 the Bible explains that God desires His children to be "simple concerning evil," which means that His children are to be ignorant of evil things and practices. The common cliche says that, "ignorance is bliss." According to Genesis 2:15-21 ignorance was supposed to be good and pleasurable. God desired His creation to experience good things not evil. Yet some ask, "Why would God have even placed the tree in the Garden?" The Bible explains that God desires worship and worship requires a choice of sacrifice for the purpose of obedience. In Genesis 2:15-21 God commanded Adam to watch over the Garden and tend it. God facilitated Adam's success in his work by bringing the animals to him to name them. God gave a command and helped Adam obey the command, but Adam still had the responsibility of making the choice to be obedient. Adam's faith and trust in God would be demonstrated by His willingness to do what God said, as well as keep from doing what God said not to do. Adam's willingness to refrain from eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil would serve a sacrifice. Though Adam might have desired to eat from that tree, His willingness to surrender his desire in order to obey the command of God would serve as worship to God. Since
God is Creator and worthy of all worship. it is appropriate that God do this work this way with these expectations. This is why God considered His creation "very good" even though His creation possessed an element of temptation. The free-will of Adam allowed Him the opportunity to worship God. Without the tree there couldn't be worship because there couldn't be the choice to submit in faith, humility and obedience.