"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
One simple commandment, don’t eat of the tree in the middle of the garden. As you read this, please keep in mind that G-d directly commands Adam, not Eve. Eve has not been created. Is this important? Never know. Just keep it in mind. Also, notice that the tree of life was not included in this commandment. Adam and Eve enjoyed a life free of death. They would have lived forever.
Back to the tree of good and evil. Was it a tree that would automatically give the eater knowledge of good and evil? I don’t believe so. It was simply an object lesson. Pure and simple, once someone was commited to eat of the tree, they would have, with fore thought and contemplation, disobeyed G-d and that is what evil is, disobeying G-d.