Genesis 2:15-17 describes events of the sixth day. It gives us an example of superficial theology. Apparently God lied because Adam didn't immediately drop dead when he ate the forbidden fruit.
Genesis 2:8-9 is topical, not chronological. God planted a garden on the third day, and man was created on the sixth day. Since the garden was made for the man, then that's how it's described.
The narrative of Genesis 2 picks up with a broad synopsis of the creative process necessary to provide an environment where intelligent sentient beings, including Homo sapiens, will live.
In the Bible the tree of life is used to refer to an actual tree which has leaves and fruit, but it's also used euphemistically to refer to the fruits of seeking and gaining wisdom.
Creation was corrupted before Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden. It was created in a corrupted state in order to manifest free will. We can prove it using a process we call deductive questioning.
It's one thing to talk about God with Christians, they know God from the Bible. It's something else to talk with people who don't go to church and whose knowledge of God comes from atheist propaganda.
Atheist science trolls (ASTs) have some well-worn rhetorical ploys that they like to use to beat up creationists. We're going to show you why one of them is bogus. It's Principia Mattymatica Principle VII.
The logic of Eden is deduced from a simple observation: IF rivers from Eden watered the surface of the Earth, AND water flows downhill, THEN Eden must have been the highest point on the Earth.
Genesis 1 and 2 aren't contradictory, they have different narrative styles. People who want to see contradictions are looking for an excuse to dismiss the truth, because they don't want the truth.
There has been an interesting discussion on Twitter today. I challenged the ASTs (atheist science trolls) with a way to get the proof of God that they have been demanding. I actually put it in terms of a testable hypothesis for the existence of God. The basis of the test is Malachi 3:10: There are …