16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 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.
The thing that I find amazing about this story is how Christians all seem to miss the point that the snake was the honest one here. God told Adam that he was to die the same day he ate the fruit. When he did, that ain’t what happened. Adam lived…well if you buy the story…about 930 years after this.
The snake on the other hand said that they wouldn’t die. He said that they would gain the knowledge of good and evil that God had.
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
What happened was exactly what the snake said. Humans knew what evil was. By any standard knowledge is a good thing. Well………unless you are trying to tell people there was a talking snake.