ASV notes on Genesis 2:10-14
Today it is common accepted that the Garden of Eden is somewhere in the Iraq area. By the verse 10 it seems like the Eden is the place where the river started, a place higher up than the rest of the garden. The river started from Eden and was divided into four rivers. Today it is not easy to find rivers like that, but the land might have changed in the course of 6000 years.
Sometime if you are in a forest or on a mountain and trying to find your way using a map and compass it looks to you like the river over there or the top to the left shouldn’t be there. The map could be wrong, but the nature is never wrong. The word of God is always right.
In verse 12 we find gold, bdellium and onyx stone, it is about gold and gem stones, the land is rich like the earth. The earth is filled with treasures good and profitable for people. There is nothing wrong with the earth and what God created; the wrong is in our thinking and in our heart. Like God told Adam, if you eat of that fruit you will die. Adam ate and he kept on living for hundreds of years.
God is not referring to the physical, to your body; He is referring to how your spirit is influencing your soul, the way you think and feel. Adam disobeyed God and died spiritually, in his spirit Adam lost his map and compass. Day by day he and the rest of the humans went astray and further away from God. Luckily for us there are exceptions like Enoch and Noah. Enoch and Noah were the map and compass for the people around them, they preached to them every day. But if the map and compass are in the backpack they are of no use to you.