No, it is not still true today. That was true only for Adam and Eve. There is neither a tree of knowledge of good and evil nor a tree of life available today for anyone to eat the fruit thereof. And the Spirit of God doesn't dwell in cities; rather the Spirit of God dwells in people. And the Spirit of God does indeed dwell in the lives of some people who live in gang infested inner cities.
4WD, Yes, it is true today. The tree of life is SYMBOLIC of the Spirit of God.
"The fruit of righteousness is a tree of life and whoever captures souls is wise."
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, faithfulness."
"A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit,"
"She(wisdom of God) is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her, those who hold fast are called blessed."
"Death and life are the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits."
If you eat the fruit of lies (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, meaning what is good and evil according to your own standards instead of God's standards) then you will "die".
"Either make the tree good and its fruit good or make the tree bad and its fruit bad. For from the fruit is the tree known."
And yes, the Spirit of God does dwell in cities. He dwells in the hearts of the people WHO LIVE IN CITIES. God is obviously not dwelling in the hearts of gang members.
RB, The Law of God( the Golden Rule) does not demand your interpretation of perfection. The Law DEMANDS forgiveness and mercy.
"I demand mercy not sacrifice." No, we do not follow the Law perfectly. That's why the Law says LOVE OTHERS AS YOURSELF. Love does not condemn. It saves.