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The Tree of Knowledge - as described in the Book of Enoch

From the extra-biblical text  The Book of Enoch ( formerly part of the canon ) 

Chapter 31

1 After these things, 
surveying the entrances of the north, 
above the mountains, 
I perceived seven mountains 
replete with pure nard, odoriferous trees, cinnamon and papyrus.
2 From there I passed on above the summits of those mountains to some distance eastwards, and went over the Erythraean sea.(37)

(37) Erythraean sea. The Red Sea.

And when I was advanced far beyond it,  I passed along above the angel Zateel,  and arrived at the garden of righteousness. 
In this garden I beheld, among other trees, some which were numerous and large, and which flourished there.

3 Their fragrance was agreeable and powerful, and their appearance both varied and elegant. 

The tree of knowledge also was there, of which if any one eats, he becomes endowed with great wisdom.

4 It was like a species of the tamarind tree, bearing fruit which resembled grapes extremely fine; and its fragrance extended to a considerable distance. 


This testimony had me humbled to repentance ...

Listen to this powerful testimony ... if you're willing to be corrected by the Lord. Love,Ahava Sarah Fischer

Spiritual Gluttony - as described by St. John of the Cross

St. John of the Cross describes Spiritual Gluttony.  In essence it is the striving for pleasure and the highs of sensory oriented spiritual experiences.
It is a deviation in the walk in Christ that is noticed in most beginners.
A distraction.
Above all things, seek Wisdom ...
"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." 
~ Proverbs 4:7
Love, Sarah Ahava Fischer 

THE DARK NIGHT  written by St. John of the Cross  - Chapter 6.  [The imperfections of spiritual gluttony.]

1. A great deal can be said on spiritual gluttony, the fourth vice.
There are hardly any persons among these beginners, no matter how excellent their conduct, who do not fall into some of the many imperfections of this vice.

These imperfections arise because of the delight beginners find in their spiritual exercises.
Many, lured by the delight and satisfaction procured in their religious practices, strive more for spiritual savor than for spiritual purity and disc…