Are you searching the right tree?

Genealogy and family trees command much attention. Human pride readily claims admirable ancestral traits such as artistic talent but would disown so-called inherited faults and tendencies toward disease. We cannot, however, accept favorable genealogical findings and reject the unfavorable. If we believe in the first, we will find ourselves automatically subject to the second.

The search into human ancestry leads us back to the scriptural allegory of Adam and Eve, which includes this statement: "Out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." Gen. 2:9.

A traveler's guide
August 3, 1981

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