THE TWO TREES: OF LIFE AND KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL


An 1847 depiction of the Norse Yggdrasil as described in
the Icelandic Prose Edda  by Oluf Olufsen Bagge

Biblical Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in Christianity
•    Saint Bonaventure taught that the medicinal fruit of the Tree of Life is Christ himself.
•    Saint Albert the Great taught that the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, is the Fruit of the Tree of Life.
•    Augustine of Hippo said that the tree of life is Christ:
Augustine continued:  “All these things stood for something other than what they were, but all the same they were themselves bodily realities. And when the narrator mentioned them he was not employing figurative language, but giving an explicit account of things which had a forward reference that was figurative. So then the tree of life also was Christ... and indeed God did not wish the man to live in Paradise without the mysteries of spiritual things being presented to him in bodily form. So then in the other trees he was provided with nourishment, in this one with a sacrament... He is rightly called whatever came before him in order to signify him.”

The tree first appeared in Genesis 2:9 and 3:22-24 as the source of eternal life in the Garden of Eden, from which access is revoked when man is driven from the garden. It then reappears in the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation, and most predominantly in the last chapter of that book (Chapter 22) as a part of the new garden of paradise.
Access is then no longer forbidden, for those who “wash their robes” (or as the textual variant in the King James Version has it, “they that do his commandments”) “have right to the tree of life” (v.14).
A similar statement appears in Rev 2:7, where the tree of life is promised as a reward to those who overcome. Revelation 22 begins with a reference to the “pure river of water of life” which proceeds “out of the throne of God”. The river seems to feed two trees of life, one “on either side of the river” which “bear twelve manner of fruits” “and the leaves of the tree were for healing of the nations” (v.1-2).

Or this may indicate that the tree of life is a vine that grows on both sides of the river, as John 15:1 would hint at.  In Eastern Christianity the tree of life is the love of God.

Hewlett  Edwards wrote in The Fig Tree:  “There is a saying among the south sea islanders: “Know the roots and you will know the tree. Know the tree and behold! It will answer to your cultivation.”

Edwards continued:  “History is the endless record of experiments; a series that cannot be broken and of which there is never complete specification nor adequate separation from a multiplicity of similar operations.   The movement of events cannot be arrested for examination and analysis, history shows and must show approximation upon approximation. Within itself each event appears to be complete and completed, it cannot be undone; but, as a part of a series which is one whole, what is so indeterminate as an isolated event? It seems conclusive, yet it is always moving on to fresh conclusions. It is in this difficult complexity that policy is crystallised and becomes history in which men of understanding as well as of action have erected signposts for the use of their successors…” 

The prophet Micah (iv: 4), saw the time would come when:  “But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid.”

C. H. Douglas, 1936 writing of The Canon:
The Fig Tree putteth forth its leaves…   “… in fifteen years the associated ideas of Social Credit have spread from a few articles in The English Review to every country on  earth, have elected one Legislature and a Dominion Parliament, and are profoundly affecting the policy of others.  With no delusions of grandeur, therefore, The Fig Tree putteth forth its leaves.”

The Purpose of Economic Activity
Extract from speech by Clifford Hugh Douglas Ruskin College, Oxford, June 1920:
“The primary object of the whole industrial system should be the delivery to individuals, associated together as the public, or society, of the material goods and services they individually require. This demand of individuals, be it emphasized, is the absolute origin of all activity.
Since men co-operate to satisfy this demand, which is complex in nature, it is necessary to combine the demand, and this combined demand of society is the policy, so far as it is economic, of society as a whole.
The first part of the problem, then, consists in finding a mechanism which will impose this policy on the co-operating producers with the maximum of effectiveness, which always means the minimum of friction.”

In 2008 Frances Hutchinson recorded in the Winter 2008 issue of The Social Crediter:  “The Plant of Civilization Belongs to the Community”

THE TREE OF LIFE
A tree of life is a common motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies. The concept of a tree of life has been used in science, religion, philosophy, and mythology.

Trees in mythology
Various trees of life are recounted in folklore, culture and fiction, often relating to immortality or fertility. They had their origin in religious symbolism.

The tree of knowledge, connecting to heaven and the underworld, and the tree of life, connecting all forms of creation, are both forms of the world tree or cosmic tree, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica, and are portrayed in various religions and philosophies as the same tree. 

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