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Question: What happened to the tree of life after Adam and Eve was thrown out of Eden's garden for disobeying God? Where is it today?
Answer: Adam and Eve, very soon after their creation, had an important decision to make that involved a special tree. What was at stake was profound. They had to decide whether they would trust God or trust in their own determination of what they thought was right and wrong. What forced them to decide (a test which God planned) was a tree, in the middle of the Garden of Eden, labeled the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). As most people know, our first parents choose unwisely, and thereby bequeathed to humanity an existence of toil and trouble that still exists today.
Eating of the tree of life (Genesis 2:9; 3:22 - 23) symbolized committing to going God's way in faith and obedience, then ultimately be given the gift of living forever. Adam and Eve's eating of the forbidden fruit (Genesis 2:16 - 17; 3:3, 11), however, symbolized man deciding for himself, apart from God, what was right and wrong, good and evil, the best way to live, and so on.As a side note, some wonder what type or kind of fruit was on the tree that symbolized eternal existence. The Bible is unfortunately silent in this regard.
Adam and Eve choose to live life based on their own human reason and emotions, which would ultimately be led by God's adversary Satan the devil (Revelation 12:7 - 9; Isaiah 14:12 - 14; Ezekiel 28:12 - 19). Ironically, they rejected believing in the true God to "worshipping" their own views and opinions. God allowed Man to set himself up as 'god' of the universe created in his own mind in order to learn valuable eternal lessons!
After their sin, God exiled Adam and Eve from the garden and placed a special angel at its entrance to keep the first couple and their descendants from re-entering it. The reason why God did this was to keep them, and all humans, from living forever in misery brought by man's choice to reject him and his ways.
What happened to the tree of life after the sin and banishment of our first parents? It was highly likely destroyed, with the rest of Eden's garden, during the great flood that covered the whole world (Genesis 7:17 - 23). Will we see it sometime in the future? Yes! It is mentioned three times in the Book of Revelation.