He put it there for them. But God gives us all free choice...he does not force anyone to follow him. Giving no choice between Him and Evil would be the same as restricting choice. God wants people to love Him enough to choose Him, even when faced with something as tempting as the tree probably was.
He put the Tree of Knowledge in Eden to test their obedience. They could stay in paradise as long as they didn't eat from the tree. They were expected to be obedient to God in all things - how would he know if they were if there was no temptation to test them.
Tough question Frank. If he put it there as a test, then he's retarded or something because he supposedly knows everything, including whether or not Adam and Eve would eventually eat from the tree. The only thing that makes any sense to me would be that for some reason he chose a round about way of teaching them stuff. Instead of just creating Adam and Eve with whatever knowledge the tree gave them, he decided to over-dramatize the whole deal with a talking snake and a forbidden fruit.
I don#039;t know why this seems to be so difficult to answer. When God created Adam and Eve they were perfect in every way except for one, they had undeveloped characters without which it is impossible to experience true love. Character development comes from the experience of making decisions and growing more mature day by day. Love develops by exposure to test. God did not create them to be servants but to be friends and even more to be like his children free to sit on His lap and chat about what is the interest of the moment. Someone to share a budding rose with. Satan sat in the tree ready to speak through the serpent with a counter offer and an insider expos? ? that God wasn#039;t all He claimed to be. Eve chose death and here we are waiting to be rescued.
God put in there. He made it a test, because he commanded them to "multiply and replenish the earth" and they couldn't fo it in the Garden of Eden, so they ate the fruit, (in doing so they showed they had agency) and when they were cast out of the Garden of Eden, they could obey God and "multiply and replenish the earth." :)