The Choice between Life and Death

The Bible is clear on these three points:

  • Our options are life and death.
  • God wants us to choose life.
  • God respects the choice we make.

The two trees in the garden symbolize the options that are always before us:

  • “I have set before you life and death” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
  • “The Lord says, ’See, I set before you the way of life and the way of death’” (Jeremiah 21:8).
  • “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
  • “The payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).